“Half the Season you deserve, all the season we can handle.”
As every true fan of Rick & Morty knows only too well, there is always a long wait between seasons. So far, it's been almost two Rick & Morty free years, but the announcement last year that the show had been picked up for 70 episodes had fans hoping for less of a gap for future seasons. The good news is that season four now has a release date thanks to a fully-fledged trailer, but as a final twist, we'll only be getting half the season this year.
That's right folks, starting November 10th, five brand new episodes of Rick & Morty will hit Adult Swim with the remaining five episodes set for release sometime next year. Much like the titular duo, the good news comes with a hint of sadness as fans were fully anticipating an uninterrupted season. Co-creator Dan Harmon had previously hinted that season four would consist of 14 episodes having "learned enough from my mistakes in season three that we could definitely do 14." Ultimately, it's quality over quantity, and Rick & Morty has set itself a very high benchmark in that department.
As to what to expect from season four, co-creator Justin Roiland teased;
“Without giving anything away, we have serialised stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes. To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”
Rather than focus on the negative that we're only getting five new episodes this year, the positive here is that we're getting five brand new episodes this year. UK fans will get to catch the new series on Channel 4 as part of their Adult Swim block on Friday nights, but at the time of writing, no release date has been confirmed.