ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Yes, we know we've been told it's going to be a cold "year and a half... or longer" wait for Season 3 of Rick and Morty, but aren't good things worth waiting for?

Following the heart-breaking Season 2 finale a voicemail-box line number was posted on Rick and Morty's Facebook page. 1-844-MORERICK (which sadly appears to no longer be in service) was dubbed the Rick and Morty hotline, and you can listen to the recording here.

What's really interesting in regards to the theorised air-date of the show is the hotline sign-off:

"Is there anything you'd like to tell Justin and Dan, the creators of the show? Be safe this winter, we'll see you next year. You may leave your message now."

We'll see you next year, the operator said. We'd been expecting a gap of about a year and a half according to Mr. Poopy Butthole (similar to the 17 month gap between Seasons 1 and 2) which would take us up to 2017, but the recording suggests a slightly shorter time frame.

Given that we've known since August that the show had since been renewed for a third season a shorter timeframe isn't out of the question, especially if they manage to avoid the production issues that Roiland said caused a bumpy road to Season 2. In the meantime, if you're really stuck, you can check out Justin Roiland's original animation which started it all (Warning: it's super NSFW).

Unlike other shows of Rick and Morty's ilk, the vulgar madcap sci-fi trades in episodic contained narratives without getting caught up in the strings of overarching plot strands. The fact that Rick caused the end of the world in their original universe and moved onto an alternate reality where the two had just blown themselves up (S01E06: Rick Potion #9) is only mentioned once after this incident, in S01E08: Rixty Minutes:

Morty: "On one of our adventures, Rick and I basically destroyed the whole world, so we bailed on that reality and we came to this one, because in this one, the world wasn't destroyed and in this one, we were dead. So we came here, a- a- and we buried ourselves and we took their place. And every morning, Summer, I eat breakfast twenty yards away from my own rotting corpse."
Summer: "So you're not my brother?"
Morty: "I'm better than your brother. I'm a version of your brother you can trust when he says 'Don't run'. Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody's gonna die. Come watch TV."
Rick and Morty S01E06: Rick Potion #9
Rick and Morty S01E06: Rick Potion #9

By disregarding an adherence to larger narratives Rick and Morty allows itself almost limitless creative freedoms in terms of story, so it's quite a clever tactic and works very well for this type of humour.

However it is always nice to have a larger sense of things. At the Rick and Morty San Diego Comic Con panel earlier this year an audience member posed the question to creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, "Will Evil Morty come back in Season 2?"

You remember Evil Morty, right?

S01E10 Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind
S01E10 Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind

S01E10: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind left us with a twist of a cliffhanger when it was revealed that the Evil Rick was actually being controlled by his Morty, who disappears into the flood of identical Mortys, never to be seen again. The introduction of a villain of this type would likely have implications further down the line for most shows, perhaps as a means of introducing a primary antagonist.

At the panel Roiland and Harmon confirmed what we've seen by now, that Season 2 would have the same focus as Season 1, that of self-contained narrative episodes:

"Our instinct was; let’s not ruin this by curling back in on our own tail too soon. There are a couple of instances where the joyful TV viewer in me says we should’ve done another Meeseeks episode. But overall we had a very gun-shy approach of avoiding that temptation." Harmon

It's not like there's no narrative link whatsoever - everything happens in a causal linear timeframe and S02E01: A Rickle in Time does address the time-freezing event of the Season 1 finale, in fact it's this event that leads to the time-splitting conflict in the first episode of Season 2.

But whilst the show may have worked fantastically well by freeing itself from larger narrative restrictions, from the looks of things we can expect to see more callbacks to prior events and characters in Season 3 when it finally rolls around:

"We’ve got a lot of little loose sweater threads we’ve sprinkled throughout [seasons] one and two that we’re going to come back and tie in a nice little bow in subsequent seasons." Roiland
"I re-watched [Seasons 1 & 2] a couple nights ago, and now I'm excited about revisiting stuff in season three because I was so phobic about revisiting stuff in season two. Now, we can fade in on Blips and Chitz because we've already proven that the show isn't going to start eating itself, and that will feel even more limitless if we go back to a couple things that we really enjoyed doing." Harmon

So maybe Evil Morty will show up again, there's certainly a great deal of scope for revisiting and addressing events from previous seasons and this would be a great one to see returning.

But right now all we know for sure is that Harmon has promised a second episode appearance from Season 1 fan-favourite Mr. Meeseeks in Season 3, so there's that to look forward to as well. And that's the waaaaayaaay the news goes!

All 21 episodes of Rick and Morty are now available to stream online via Adult Swim, wubba-lubba-dub-dub!


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