How Many Episodes Is ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4? The Length Isn’t as Short as You Think

Cancel your plans, baby. The fourth season of Rick and Morty is officially coming back to Adult Swim. And of course, fans are ready to get riggity riggity wrecked. On Oct. 6, the network dropped the trailer for the highly anticipated return. But, in the midst of all the excitement, fans noticed a suspiciously short episode count for Rick and Morty Season 4.

‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 episode count

In the trailer, Adult Swim revealed Rick and Morty Season 4 will return with five all-new episodes. That said, the tagline of the preview was “half the season you deserve, all the season we can handle.” So of course, fans are wondering how many episodes the fourth season of Rick and Morty will actually receive. Fortunately, the showrunners have already touched on the episode count of the new season.

Back in July 2017, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland confirmed Rick and Morty Season 4 will feature 10 episodes. “This new season will be 10,” Roiland told Entertainment Weekly at the time.

This likely means the Adult Swim series will air the first five episodes in 2019 and undergo a hiatus once the fifth episode debuts. Then, Rick and Morty will hopefully pick back up some time in 2020 and release the final five episodes of the fourth season — totaling in 10 episodes.

When will ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 return?

According to the teaser trailer, the premiere of Rick and Morty Season 4 will be released on Sunday, Nov. 10. The new episode will also start airing at 11:30 p.m. ET — the same time as always.

Now, if the first five episodes of the season run uninterrupted, then the midseason finale of the fourth season will air on Dec. 8. But, it’s difficult to determine when the second half of Rick and Morty will return. Let’s just hope the gap between episodes won’t be as long as the whopping two-year wait from the season 3 finale to the season 4 premiere.

Nevertheless, it seems this will be the last lengthy Rick and Morty drought fans will experience. That is if the creators have anything to say about it. When speaking with EW, Roiland and Harmon explained their release plans for the show in the future.

“We’re rolling right into the next batch,” Roiland said. “The plan has always been to get them out quicker.”

Harmon then echoed his co-creator’s statement. “I think it’s safe to say without fear of being wrong that the gap between seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous,” he said. “I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again.”

Will there be a season 5 of the Adult Swim series?

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon from 'Rick and Morty'
Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland | Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Rick and Morty currently has an episode count of 31. However, on May 10, the creators have confirmed at least 70 more episodes moving forward. Of course, the renewal means the Adult Swim series probably won’t be in any danger of cancellation anytime soon, and a fifth season will eventually be on the way.

As it turns out, the Rick and Morty team has already begun writing the fifth season. “There were so many things that had to be settled before we even started season 4, and it’s really safe to say … we’re literally writing season 5 while finishing season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule,” Harmon said in the above interview with EW.

And with all the preplanning, the creators are hoping to get a longer episode count in later seasons. But, for now, it seems that’s up to the network and how the fourth season is perceived. In a separate EW interview, Harmon said:

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 episodes] 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.

Regardless of what happens to Rick and Morty‘s episode count in the future, it’s a relief to know the fourth season isn’t simply five episodes long. Now, get out your popcorn and hold on tight. November 10 is going to be one bumpy ride — so be prepared.

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