I know, I know; it's still a little early to be speculating about the specifics of what we can expect to see in the hugely anticipated Season 3 of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's acclaimed Rick and Morty, but damn if we aren't already wishing we had the next season!
So yeah, we don't really know that much about the upcoming season yet, but it doesn't mean that the creators haven't been dropping little hints. We know we'll be seeing Mr. Meeseeks again (look at me!), and that this will be the first time Rick and Morty has doubled back upon itself to revisit earlier narratives and plot lines. We know that Season 3 will be the first time the show has female writers on staff, and that we won't be seeing any time travel mechanics in any of the new episodes (c'est la vie).
And that's all very interesting, but what we really want to know is, how the hell is Rick going to get himself out of this one?
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The fact that up until now Rick and Morty has largely disregarded an adherence to overarching narratives is actually a clever format for the slightly disconnected comedy of the show, allowing itself almost limitless creative freedoms as each episode doesn't have to link back into a casual chain.
The biggest exception to this is the bridge between Rick freezing time during the Season 1 finale and unfreezing it again at the beginning of Season 2, but there's not many other examples of narrative linking.
But it's nice to have a larger sense of things sometimes, and this particular ongoing plot line that Harmon has teased for Rick and Morty Season 3 is necessary to tie up the Season 2 cliffhanger which saw Rick giving himself up to the authorities for the wellbeing of his family, being thrown into jail as a result. Good intentions and all that.
Joe Matar over at Den of Geek spoke to Dan Harmon shortly before work on Rick and Morty Season 3 went underway, and learned a little about what we can expect to see of Rick's fate when the new season starts up (hopefully at some point this year).
When asked if Season 3 would "fix all the problems [with Rick] at the end of season two", Harmon responded:
"I don’t think anybody wants to do a third season that simply spends a whole bunch of episodes dealing with a situation that we created at the end of the second season. So, I think that’s a non-spoiler way of saying things should be okay pretty quickly."
So, there you have it.
Whilst this does make the most sense in terms of the overall structure of the show it might disappoint fans who were hoping for a Prison Break style narrative for Rick. But then again that might be a good thing, even if only for the sanity of the other inmates.