In case you somehow missed the post-credits sequence from the last episode of Rick and Morty Season 2, here's a quick reminder: Mr. Poopy Butthole recuperates after being shot by Beth earlier in the season, assaulting a pizza delivery boy and promising that the show will be back, but not for a long while yet... "a year and a half, or more!" to be exact.
A year and half or more! It seems so long to wait doesn't it? Given that production on Season 3 of the critically acclaimed and a little bit insane Rick and Morty is still in the early stages, show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon haven't really given much away yet about the new season. But digging through interviews and the like we've come up with some information about what we can expect from Rick and Morty Season 3.
[3/7/2016 Update]: Episode Count Confirmed
Dan Harmon recently confirmed that the new season will consist of 14-episodes, which will make it the longest season yet, and will arrive before the end of 2016.
Production is now underway on the new series, as confirmed by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan on his official Twitter, stating that Episode 1 began production on February 12, 2016.
Rick Will Get Out Of Jail Quickly
Joe Matar over at Den of Geek spoke to Dan Harmon recently and learned a little about what we can expect to see of Rick's fate when the new season starts up.
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. No Prison Break style narrative for Rick in Season 3, unfortunately.
A Return To Previous Narratives
But one thing we will be seeing is a return to storylines from earlier in the show, which is pretty exciting as this is something that the show has tended to avoid thus far. The vulgar madcap sci-fi of Rick and Morty tends to trade in episodic narratives without getting caught up in the strings of overarching plot strands, and it's been working well for the show so far.
For example, the fact that Rick cronenberged up their original universe (above) 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, but it looks like that dynamic is set to change for Season 3:
Roiland: "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."
Additionally Harmon has also said he's excited to go back and "revisit stuff in Season 3", which means they're also going to...
Bring Back Old Characters
Whilst Dan Harmon has made "a personal promise" to himself to include Mr. Meeseeks in Rick and Morty Season 3, there's also huge scope for bring back older characters now that the narrative is bending back upon itself.
Could we see the mysterious Evil Eyepatch Morty? Will we go to Dog World to visit Snuffles - eh, sorry I mean - Snowball? What about the Big Secret, will that be revealed? There's lots of possibilities, who would you like to see?
What WONT We Be Seeing?
Well thanks to Alex Hirsch - Gravity Falls creator and good friend to Justin Roiland - we know that we won't be seeing a crossover between Rick and Morty and Hirsch's Gravity Falls anytime soon, despite the Easter Egg which suggests that the two shows inhabit the same fictional universe (or universes, it's tricky with sci-fi shows).
We also know that, despite the fact that Rick and Morty was born as a Back to the Future parody, we won't be seeing any time traveling going on in Season 3.
In fact there's a very specific reason that show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon haven't included this plot device before, as they believe time travel is too powerful and too narratively complicated to use as a part of their show.
"... time travel is a fucking nightmare and just a complete fucking mess."
Well said Roiland, well said.