The third season of “Rick and Morty” comes to a close this weekend with the airing of the tenth episode of the third season. There was a very long gap between the second and third season, but the delay resulted in arguably the most consistent and hilarious season to date.
As part of a new interview with EW, creator Dan Harmon has revealed that the next season will potentially come quicker and run longer – up to fourteen episodes instead of ten:
“I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.’
The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 – prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network – that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes. Because I never got this far [working on NBC’s] Community. I fell apart in season 3 of Community and got fired in season 4. Now I’m about to do season 4 of Rick and Morty and want to prove that I’ve grown.”
The third season was originally supposed to be fourteen episodes, but it ended up being ten. Whatever the case, Harmon has plenty of story ideas for the next season with quite a few hatched during the making of the current season and “some are fully written, in fact” he says in regards to ideas they could use.
Also today, check out a new two-part featurette detailing the origins of the characters and the series.