Rick and Morty season 3 has been delayed because of its creator. Dan Harmon admitted that he is the reason why the Adult Swim animated series has been taking a hiatus for so long.
The show’s second season ended in October 2015. Hence, fans expected the follow-up to air last year or at least early this year.
However, during the Sundance Film Festival, Harmon refused to give a specific premiere date for season 3. “I don’t have a release date for Season 3. It’s not that I know it and I’m not allowed to say it; it’s [Adult Swim’s] domain. What I will tell you is it’s late because of us, it’s late because of me,” he said.
Harmon added that co-creator Justin Roiland would agree that he is the main reason for all the delays in season 3. Roiland voices the series’ main characters – Rick and Morty.
According to Den of Geek, some writers of the show have confirmed that season 3 episodes were completed since September 2016. They are only waiting for the review from the animation studio. Earlier reports also indicated that Rick and Morty season 3 will have 14 episodes.
Other Possible Reasons of Rick and Morty Season 3 Delay
Animated films or series take a lot of time to produce. In addition, Screen Rant noted that the Ricky and Morty show is also using a technique called retroscripting.
This gives the voice actors the freedom to form their ad lib lines. However, this process also creates additional work for its animators.
Harmon also admitted during the festival that he and Roiland had some arguments while working on season 3. “We have fights all the time and then we have fights about why we’re having fights.”
“Well, we didn’t fight during Season 2, that’s why it’s taking longer! All this fighting! So OK, let’s stop fighting!” he confessed.
During last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Harmon also told Den of Geek that they have hired several new writers for the show. He explained at the time that they don’t have women writers and the new addition will add gender balance in the writers’ room.
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