We can all agree that the fans of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty have suffered from a righteous drought of new content for some time now. Let’s face it: mini-clips, music videos, and late-night bumpers can only get you so far. But since the announcement was made at WarnerMedia’s 2019 May Upfronts that Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s hit animated series would officially return November 2019, news has been picking up. Take a look at what the takeaways were from just the Upfronts alone: confirmed return month, some new Rick and Morty with the announcement video (see below), and red carpet interviews with Harmon and Roiland that at least teased a Rick and Morty future with Daniel Radcliffe and Kanye West in it.
Now, Harmon is giving us a look behind-the-scenes at the brainstorming process for season 5 that will yield a bountiful crop of new episodes… wait, what?
Oh yeah, you read that right: Season 5.
While the fanbase has been over here getting excited about November, Harmon and Roiland have been thinking a “long-game” in what appears to be an effort to minimize the time between seasons moving forward (something the pair have addressed in past interviews). So what follows are just a few of the table-strewn ideas that flowed from the mind of comic book creator, actor, comedian, writer, and film/television producer Rob Schrab (Scud: The Disposable Assassin).
Along with co-creating The Sarah Silverman Program and directing episodes of series such as Parks and Recreation and Workaholics, Rick and Morty fans best know Schrab for his vocal skills in episodes “Anatomy Park” and “Look Who’s Purging Now” – and now? As the creator of the “Wesley Sniper”… who should be part of a screwed-up The Expendables-type team fronted by Danny Trejo‘s Jaguar.
Here are just a few of our personal favorites… “trench coat made of dreams” screams Neil Gaiman, while “Voltron but with vegatables” would be a sweet visual and “planet powered by chips + salsa” made me hungry.
A time-travelling werewolf, though? Hmmm…
…but we definitely agree with Harmon: the possibilities are endless with this one:
Here’s a look at the official announcement video for the return of Rick and Morty for a fourth season:
In May 2018, Roiland took to Twitter to officially announce that the series had been renewed by Adult Swim – and what a renewal it was! We weren’t talking ten… twenty… even fifty episodes. Oh no, this order was for a whopping seventy episodes– which increases the chances of there being a Noob Noob solo episode that much more.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
Not to be left out of the celebration, Harmon released his own shower-themed announcement and offered good tidings to the fans:
If anyone at the time thought Adult Swim had any doubts about their decision, the network cleared that up pretty quickly:
— [adult swim] (@adultswim) May 10, 2018
“I think it makes that possible, yeah. Because it’s always been the kind of show that lets you obsess about it as much as you want. And I think that over the seasons we’ve done, the emerging lesson has been that I could be a little more like Justin—and vice versa—in terms of how we work together. We’ve both observed that. Like, how much is overthinking, how much is under-thinking, when is the right time to turn in a draft, how much are you helping the show by saying “It’s not perfect yet,” and how much are you hurting it, when you could just be collaborating and letting the thing move forward with animators and fixing it along the way, stuff like that.
The way we finished up season three, it felt like a real final lesson that clicked—it became very objectively measurable, the amount of perfectionism you could apply to something in the earliest stages of writing something that actually ends up making it to the final product at all. And it’s much less than you’d think. I think that’s a habit I carried over from live-action and from my 30s. But yeah, between it being a job that justifies it being full-time now, and neither Justin nor I wanting the job to be one that drives anyone insane anymore, I believe that—even though we can now focus on it exclusively—it won’t be that much of a drain. Because when you are healthy and happy, I think you do end up getting home by sundown.”