Rick and Morty’s delayed third season has almost run its course, but how long will the animated Adult Swim comedy last?
While confirming plans for Rick and Morty Season 4 to EW, creator Dan Harmon says he doesn’t have a grand plan for the series’ run or end game:
We try to keep that to a minimum, if not zero. People are always disappointed to hear that because part of the culture of television — particularly binge-worthy obsessive serialized television — is this idea that there’s a larger truth unfolding and you can decode it and figure it out. I don’t want people to be upset to know that that’s what we’re doing too. The way we see it, until something [is revealed in the show], it’s just one of a million possibilities. Our viewers are in the millions and they’re able to analyze the show even better than people who are paid to do so for nine hours a day. I don’t consider it my job to outthink and out-plan the audience. I’ve seen examples in television of [showrunners] trying to keep ahead of the audience and blow their minds with a finale that fans already decoded in episode 1. Maybe some [writers] can do that, maybe that ups the ante for a new breed of chessmaster, but we still consider Rick and Morty a largely modular timeless show and you can pick up and watch any episode and that crack rock will get you just as high as any other crack rock. Unlike a truly serialized show like Game of Thrones, there’s a backbone to the show where it’s Rick and Morty going on adventures and it’s fun, like Doctor Who.
How many seasons do you want Rick and Morty to survive?