Season four of adult animated series Rick and Morty will be premiering in the UK on Channel 4 at some point this year. The show has gained a following and is now a firm favourite with a global fanbase. Adult Swim confirmed back in May 2018 that it had ordered 70 new episodes of the cartoon, confirming its confidence in Rick and Morty but also securing the show for the foreseeable future.
Co-creator Justin Roiland tweeted the good news at the time, informing his 746,000 followers of the renewal.
Fellow co-creator Dan Harmon also shared a hilarious video on Instagram in which he and Roiland were showering together before the latter left to get back to work on the new series of Rick and Morty.
Despite such a huge order of episodes, both Roiland and Harmon have confirmed the forthcoming season will comprise of 10 episodes like its predecessor.
If Rick and Morty continues to follow this format of 10-episode seasons, this means the show will be running for a further six series.
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By the time Rick and Morty reaches the end of this order, there will be a total of 10 seasons and 100 episodes.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly about whether they’d want to wrap up Rick and Morty after season 10, Roiland explained: “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.”
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While Harmon added: “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.”
Rolland pragmatically said: “Yeah, unless people don’t give a s*** anymore. If we’re making it and nobody’s watching it…”
The timeline for making seasons is also unclear but judging by previous outings, there’s a two-year gap with the series two coming out in 2015 and the third instalment in 2017.
Rick and Morty season five could potentially be coming out in 2021, if this timescale is anything to go by.
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Then again, previously speaking to Polygon, Roiland said: “We‘re super excited that, for the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security.
“Harmon is in great spirits, we have a great writer’s room. We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order, I think it gives us the ability to be faster.
“We’re not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore.
“We’re going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It’s going to be really cool.”
Judging by Roiland’s words, Rick and Morty could be coming out each year from now on rather than these large gaps, which fans will welcome.
He added that it felt “surreal” to have so much Rick and Morty to work on, teasing that the ideas were “great”.
Rick and Morty season 4 will be coming to Channel 4 later in 2019