‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4: The Show’s Creators Urge Viewers To Watch The Episodes In Order And Re-Watch Season 3

Rick and Morty, one of the most-watched TV comedies by millennials, returns on Sunday, November 10 at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on Adult Swim. The new season will include 10 episodes (only five are dropping on Nov. 10) and such returning characters as Mr. Meeseeks, Revolio Clockberg Jr. (aka Gearhead) and, of course, the widely adored Mr. Poopybutthole.

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

The break between ‘Rick and Morty’ seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest fans will ever have to wait

Rick and Morty fans have been waiting a long time for these episodes. But the show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, assure fans that this is the longest break between seasons that they’ll have to endure.

“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. I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again. There were so many things that had to be settled before we even started season 4, and it’s really safe to say — as Justin says — we’re literally writing season 5 while finishing season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule,” Harmon said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

He continued: “Not to get anyone’s hopes up, but it is structured into our deal that if we’re going strong and fast there are options to deliver more episodes at a time. Adult Swim can say, “These are on time and great. Do you want to do more instead of taking a break?” And we can then do more. I’d like to see that day. Just knowing it’s possible makes me eager for it. I feel like a naughty boy when I’m late.”

But just because the Rick and Morty team plans on putting out episodes at a faster rate moving forward doesn’t mean Harmon plans on sacrificing any of the show’s quality. In fact, the creator feels a good amount of anxiety about keeping the show at the level fans expect.

“Now what’s our definition of having fun and being good? Are we going to continue to be difficult on ourselves because that seems to be an ingredient in the quality? It’s our job to relax and be happy — because that’s another huge ingredient. I think that happens on every show, but it’s just weird when your job is to continue churning out something that you are proud of for its scarcity,” he told the publication

‘Rick and Morty’ creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland give fans tips for watching season 4

When EW asked the creators if there were any specific episodes viewers should brush up on prior to diving into season 4 Roiland said: “That’s a loaded question.”

“That’s a clever one,” said Harmon.

But Roiland ended up admitting that it would behoove fans to give all of season 3 a re-watch.

As for the types of episodes Rick and Morty fans can expect to find in season 4, Roiland says: “Without giving anything away, we have serialized stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes. To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”