During the two-hour Adult Swim livestream with creators, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon revealed that season three of Rick and Morty would be released on July 30, 2017, joking that this was the latest possible day of summer that they could have released season three.
Though they did not show a new episode during their livestream event, fans were treated to a minute and a half trailer for the season. The trailer promised an even raunchier season, complete with Rick turning himself into a pickle. Rick and the creators also promised a much darker season.
Roiland and Harmon dispelled several rumors that were floating around the internet about the delay in for season three:
- They are not currently fighting and did not have a falling out. As a matter of fact, they love each other and have been friends since 2006.
- Season three has been taking so long to come out because they hadn’t finished writing it until recently and as such, the drawing for the season hasn’t been completed.
- The show has not been canceled; however, both Roiland and Harmon’s contracts are up and have not been renewed.
Roiland and Harmon entertained the crowd with live script writing of Harmon’s near assault in Germany. Harmon provided the voices for Rick and Morty as Roiland wrote it. Later in the live stream, they did an audience participation to help create a new character named the “Covfefians” (wonder what that was referencing). The Covfefians are a race of people-pleasing aliens who tend to overstay their welcome. As with all things Rick and Morty, things devolved rather quickly, but it amused the audience none the less.
Overall, the evening was silly and crude, but it also provided insight into their creative process. The live stream explained why the third season had taken so long to write, produce, and draw. Their job is by no means easy and takes time to create.
As Roiland pointed out during the live stream, not everything they come up with is quality work, despite the laughter they share. At the end of the day, both they just want to make sure that they are producing quality work.
Rick and Morty season three premieres July 30, 2017. Until then, you can stream the first and second season on Adult Swim right now!