The much anticipated third season of Rick and Morty has been in production for almost a year, and the creators and voice cast did talk a little bit about what we’d be seeing once season three gets going. There is still no release date set for season three, but it does seem to be slated for the end of the year.
After the events of season two, which left Rick in jail and the season on a cliffhanger, fans have been making all kinds of guesses on how Rick gets himself out of jail. However, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland both agree that all of the fan theories they’ve been reading have been wrong.
“I don’t want to say too much about how we get back on track, but it’s called Rick and Morty. Rest assured that it’ll all be resolved.” With this in mind, Roiland does admit that episode 301, the first one of season three, will be the least compatible episode for a new viewer. “We only do that for 301, but it’s epic,” he exclaims, and while they work hard to make the episodes relatable for new viewers, the premiere episode of season three is definitely one for the long time fans.
In regards to the development and history of Rick’s character, Roiland explained, “We don’t want to establish something about Rick’s origins or his goals that will make you just put him in a box.” They want everything that they put out to be something that represents more opportunities, not less.
But as far as hints or teases into what guest star voices we might hear in season three, the creators remained silent, only commenting that for a long time David Bowie was someone they wanted, as well as Vin Diesel and Gary Coleman.
While the creators of the show were no help in any teases for the upcoming season, voice actors Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammar, and Sarah Chalke all hinted at the season being much darker than before, and to prepare for many unexpected things to happen. None of this is surprising, especially if you’re a long time viewer of the show. However, Parnell did spill something that is very surprising, saying, “Rick and Jerry are going to find common ground on something.”
And while it was always obvious that Rick was going to find his way out of the mess that he’s in, Grammar and Chalke talked a little bit about how their character reacted to the idea of Rick being gone. Grammar noted, “I think Summer really identifies with him,” saying that she thinks Summer is upset about the idea of Rick being gone, along with the rest of the family.
Meanwhile, Chalke brought up Beth’s past with Rick being an absentee father, and that taking a toll on Beth. “I think, for Beth, her worst nightmare is Rick leaving again. I mean, he left for 20 years and was finally back, and she would do anything for that not to happen again.” Even Parnell had to admit that Jerry would miss Rick if he stays gone.
While the cast and creators kept quiet about the plot and which guest actors we’d be seeing in season three, the expectations are high. Adult Swim did manage to release a four minute mini-episode of Rick and Morty as a teaser for their patient fans.
Season 3 of Rick and Morty is slated to air by the end of the year, meanwhile, enjoy the mini-episode below!