Fans of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are couting the days down until Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's animated mayhem returns to grace their screens once more (with five episode airing in 2019, beginning Sunday, November 10, at 11:30 p.m).
Even with a premiere less than two weeks away (possibly less if we get one of those random airings on a Sunday night…???) and having an additional streaming home at HBO Max in 2020, Harmon and Roiland's dynamic duo still found the time to partner-up with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for its pre-Halloween edition of AEW Dynamite.
Serving as the "hype men" for tag team Best Friends (Trent, Chuck Taylor) and Orange Cassidy, you'll see below that the gentlemen were kind enough to return the favor with a little cosplay (it's not Halloween) as a sign of respect. Spoiler? Let's just say the "corporate synergy" paid off…
Here's a look at some of the teasers from earlier today:
Why would anyone throw Pickle Rick into the ring? The reason anyone would do this is, if they could, which they can't, would be because they could, which they can't. @RickandMorty invades #AEWDynamite tonight at 8/7c on @tntdrama. pic.twitter.com/NxwRSI0qRs
— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) October 30, 2019
Looking forward to seeing rickandmorty on aewontnt TONIGHT! But if #PickleRick hits the ring, here's what is going to happen to that son of a bitch…. @AEWrestling @ Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center https://t.co/O4jdAoU4Wo
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) October 30, 2019
Last week, AEW posted on social media that Rick and Morty were both "#AllElite" – fueling speculation as to what exactly that meant. Since… well… they're animated characters.
Not long after, Cody Rhodes – fresh off of Wednesday night's throwdown with Chris Jericho and Dippin' Dots – "spoiled" that fans in attendance at Wednesday's October 30th AEW Dynamite broadcast would be receiving Rick and Morty masks to mark the Halloween season.
There was no way we thought that was all there was going to be – and we like being right.
With TNT and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim both under the same corporate banner, if you're going to have that many people wearing Rick and Morty masks on an international broadcast then you're doing it for a reason.
Here's a look at Rhodes' tweet:
Fans also learned the names of those five 2019 episodes last week via Adult Swim's episode title reveal video.
Fair warning: Harmon and Roiland's Rick/Morty "Pun Fu" is strong this season… let the speculation begin!
"Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat"
"The Old Man and the Seat"
"One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty"
"Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty"
From the Upfronts earlier in the summer, there was the announcement of season 4 with an accompanying video (see below), and red carpet interviews with Harmon and Roiland that teased (jokingly?) a Rick and Morty future with Daniel Radcliffe and Kanye West in it. In late June, Adult Swim announced a second addition of its two-day festival in Los Angeles – which will be of particular interest to fans (more below).
But now? Things are getting serious: it's the season 4 trailer!
To coincide with the show's Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) appearance during the summer's ultimate "geekfest" (and only days after two images from the upcoming season were released and the creators discussed the new season), Rick and Morty fans were given their first look at the upcoming 10-episode season – and it involves apps, matching jumpsuits, what looks like a bad start-up, and a ton of slapping around:
Fans of Rick and Morty who plan on being in the Los Angeles area in mid-November have a chance at a very cool opportunity. The Adult Swim Festival (Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California) will feature an exclusive, premiere screening of Rick and Morty's fourth season (though no word yet on if Dan Harmon and/or Justin Roiland will make an appearance).
Speaking of "Rick and Morty" Season 4…
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 thought Adult Swim had any doubts about their decision, the network cleared that up pretty quickly:
— [adult swim] (@adultswim) May 10, 2018