Dan Harmon Talks Rick & Morty Episode Cut and Season 4
After a gap of almost eighteen months, Rick & Morty returned unexpectedly (and rather aptly) on April 1st ahead of the start of the third season. However, the previously announced fourteen episode run was reduced to the usual ten when it became clear to showrunners Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland that making fourteen episodes was too ambitious.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Dan Harmon talked openly about the delays and time-consuming creative process in making the show. During the interview, Harmon revealed that he's already working on season four and he's hoping to bring it to the fans much quicker.
"I mostly blame myself for doing 10 instead of 14. I'm still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I've learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, "Yeah but you're the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we're not listening to you now."The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 prove it to ourselves, to production, to the networkthat it's so easy that we'll earn additional episodes. Because I never got this far [working on NBC's] Community. I felt apart in season 3 of Community and got fired in season 4. Now I'm about to do season 4 of Rick and Morty and want to prove that I've grown."
The plus side of reducing season three to ten episode is that Harmon and his writer's room have a bunch of unused material to repurpose.
"There are a million stories about episodes that started as one thing and then became another. The second episode of season 3 that's them going to a Mad Max style adventure in a post-apocalyptic wasteland,believe it or not, that story started with the idea of Rick having a "Book-A-Lyzer" which is a device where you can go into any book. They were going to find a book by Jerry that he wrote when he was younger and they end up trapped in his crappy novel. That episode changed so much that we can still do that episode. If an episode grows from one [idea] into an entirely different [idea] that's still no better than the first, maybe we're writing wrong. But we don't back off on stuff so much as we say "maybe later"and move on. We have a pretty hefty shoebox from season 3 of ideas that are ready to go. Some are fully written, in fact."
There's no word yet on when the fourth season will be broadcast, but hopefully, we won't have to wait another year and a half. Rick and Morty is available in the UK on Netflix.