When The ‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Think The Show Will End

Rick and Morty fans are a passionate bunch, so the wait for season 4 hasn’t been an easy one. The show’s creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, know that, and they promise not to make their fans wait this long ever again.

“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 told Entertainment Weekly.

“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,” he continued.

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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

As Rick and Morty fans aren’t soon to forget, 70 more episodes of the show have been ordered. EW asked the creators if they were “more happy or terrified” to complete the task.

“We’re happy,” said Roiland. “It’s a lot of stories we want to tell, a lot to do, but it’s great. Job security like that does not come easy in this town.”

When do Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland think ‘Rick and Morty’ will end?

The publication went on to ask Roiland and Harmon if the plan was to end the show after they complete the 70 episodes.

“It’s way too early to say. On any given day you’ll feel like this thing can go for 20, 30 seasons. We have characters that don’t really age, it’s very Simpsons-esque. There’s so much we can do to keep riding this train,” said Roiland.

Harmon, on the other hand, can picture an ending more clearly.

“Sure I’ll end it! But I don’t know that would be on 70. I would be equally unsurprised if you told me that this thing goes for 20 years. I wouldn’t balk at that at all. If it still feels right, let’s do it,” he said.

“Yeah, unless people don’t give a sh— anymore. If we’re making it and nobody’s watching it…” added Roiland. Good news for Rick and Morty‘s devout following.

The ‘Rick and Morty’ creators will always strive for quality

No matter how long the show runs for, Roiland promises quality.

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“We want every episode to be good,” he said. “There are times we’re like, “Okay, this one will be the worst of the season,” and we’re still compelled to do everything in our power to fix what we think is wrong with it. It could be considered one of the reasons the show takes so long. When we get the episodes back in color, it’s easy to see if that we cut this and add that, it will elevate this episode significantly. Sometimes we get them back and are like, “We need to roll our sleeves up and figure this out.” This season’s been good. Pretty excited about this season.”

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