Will ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Be Delayed?

Rick and Morty fans understand the value of patience. They agonized over the lengthy gap between the third and fourth seasons. The same went for the five-month hiatus in the middle of season 4. Now, as the current cycle comes to a close on May 31, viewers are looking forward to Rick and Morty Season 5. But given the current state of the entertainment industry amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will the next season of the Adult Swim series be delayed? Here’s what the cast and crew have said so far.

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon started writing ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 before the fourth season premiere

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty attend the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City.
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Prior to Rick and Morty Season 4, creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon opened up about the 70-episode renewal and the future of their series during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Roiland shared they wanted to get new episodes out quicker. Meanwhile, Harmon explained the break between the third and fourth season would be the outlier. 

“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,” Harmon said in July 2019. “I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again.”

He continued: “There were so many things that had to be settled before we even started season 4 … We’re literally writing season 5 while finishing season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule. 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.”

Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke open up about ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 

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Now it’s been a while since Roiland and Harmon made those comments about Rick and Morty Season 5. But recently, Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke — who are the voice actors for Jerry and Beth, respectively — shared an update.

When speaking with IGN, Parnell confirmed Rick and Morty Season 5 has been written. However, the actor revealed they haven’t started recording yet.

“We have not started recording Season 5,” Parnell said. “But I know they have, certainly, episodes written and have it boarded to a certain extent. I don’t know when we’ll start recording.”

Meanwhile, Chalke echoed her co-star’s remarks during an interview with Digital Spy. Chalke also said the team will likely wait until they’re able to record their lines in a studio.

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“Season 5, we haven’t read yet. They’re writing it already,” Chalke said. “But as it stands, we are going to most likely hold off on recording until things settle down a little bit, in terms of when… you know, maybe if there was an option that we could possibly record… you know, when we could record back at the studio.”

Even so, in the above interview with Parnell, the actor hinted he isn’t worried about a delay when it comes to recording lines. He revealed he has the means to work from home. Parnell also speculated recording in a studio was possible — so long as they enforced safety measures. 

“I’ve upgraded my home setup … so I can actually record proper sessions from home,” Parnell told IGN. “You know, as long as the studio does some safety protocols and stuff like that, it’s an easy situation to go into a booth and record and not have to encounter anybody.”

Creator Justin Roiland discusses the midseason split for future ‘Rick and Morty’ episodes

For now, Rick and Morty fans will just have to wait and see when the fifth season is released. But ultimately, it seems the schedule depends on Adult Swim and production. 

Meanwhile, when speaking with Slashfilm in May 2020, Roiland confirmed Rick and Morty season 5 was nearly complete. “I think it’s largely dependent on how quick the episodes can get produced. I know season five is mostly in the can,” Roiland said. “They’re still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process.”

He also answered whether there would be a significant midseason hiatus in the upcoming season. “I believe if they have the full ten episodes, they’ll release them without a split, but I honestly have no idea,” Roland said. “That’s kind of a question that’s outside of my jurisdiction. They do what they think is best for the show.”

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But regardless of the outcry over the Rick and Morty Season 4 break, Roiland admitted he was a fan of the release schedule. “I’m glad that they did the split because I’m always looking at some kind of alternate, new media way to release the show since it is mostly binged,” he said.

The creator even proposed a new way of watching Rick and Morty. “I’ve been saying we should drop an episode each month, just make it a big event,” Roiland said. “If you do one a month, the show is alive the whole year and you’re still buying us all the time we need to make them as good as they need to be.

Of course, Roiland’s proposal is merely a suggestion at this point. He stated he doesn’t know what the release schedule will be for Rick and Morty Season 5. But no matter what happens, we’ve got plenty of new episodes to look forward to in the coming years. So get ready.

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