Roiland used Twitter to announce that the series had been given a renewal for 70 more episodes by Cartoon Network. Since the earlier seasons used to have ten episodes each, this is effectively seven new seasons.
The news was tweeted along with the drawing shared above, which also warned fans not to flood him with queries about the premiere date of the new episodes. This is probably a reference to the long-awaited Season 4, which has not yet been assigned a premiere date.
His co-creator Dan Harmon also shared the news with fans, although his Instagram post wasn’t as clear about the future of the series.
In that post, we see Roiland appear in Harmon’s shower, and he says that he has to get back to work, which they both must do. He neither mentions renewal or the number of episodes, which left a lot of fans wondering what the post was referring to.
Fans have been eager to know about the Season 4 of the series, which is a certainty considering the tremendous fan following that the show has, though, Harmon has indicated fans that the premiere is not happening anytime soon.
“I don’t want any Rick and Morty fan hearing that and going like,’Harmon’s on Smith’s podcast, and he’s talking about how it’s great how he takes as much time off as he wants,'” Harmon had earlier stated during his appearance on Kevin Smith’s Smodcast.
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“The reason why we’re not working on Rick and Morty right now ain’t because I figured out that I don’t need to impress you (laughs). It’s a little something called contract negotiations, and it’s gotten complicated this time around.”
These comments might mean that the 70 episodes that Roiland announced include Season 4. Assuming that the makers start working now on the new season, it is unlikely to be on air until 2019.