The long wait for news on the future of Rick & Morty has proved that good things come to those who wait. Adult Swim hasn't just renewed the show for a fourth season, they've ordered a whopping 70 episodes to be split across multiple seasons over the next few years.

Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, last year's third season brought the cult animated series to a wider audience thanks to a deal with Netflix to distribute the show outside of the US. Well, that and a nearly two-year wait for new episodes helped new fans discover the joys of Rick & Morty. No longer a cult hit, the show has become a bonafide sensation, and contract renegotiations became "complicated". Thankfully those complications have now been resolved, and as a result, Rick & Morty are going to be around for a long time to come.

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Renewals of this size are a rarity, and I don't think anybody was expecting an episode order of this size. To put this into perspective, season one consisted of eleven episodes with seasons two and three serving up ten instalments apiece. That's just thirty-one episodes, and Adult Swim has ordered more than double the amount of episodes that currently exist. On the more fiscally minded side, this would give Adult Swim the magic one hundred episodes (well, 101) required for syndication, and that's where the real money is for TV shows.  

Harmon has made no secret that the process of writing and animating the series is no small feat and one that he has no intention of rushing. Now we know that Rick & Morty is coming back, the question becomes when are Rick & Morty back? Sadly, the answer remains a mystery, but it seems doubtful that they'll return for a full season before 2019. Then again, the first episode of season three was released unexpectedly on April 1st last year, and a couple of shorts have dropped with no notice. So don't be surprised if we see Rick & Morty (or Mr Poopybutthole) before the year is out. Or not.

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