According to a recent radio interview with the Detroit Cast, a Rick and Morty writer said that the wait for season four could dwarf the year-and-a-half hiatus between the sci-fi sitcom's second and third seasons. Writer and producer Ryan Ridley told the hosts that as far as he knows, none of the show's writers—including creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland—have even started working on it yet.
Some might argue that after blowing the lid off of Adult Swim's ratings records, the cast and crew have earned a break. While Adult Swim hasn't ordered any new episodes, Harmon seemed to confirm he had plans for season four in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. But Ridley, who also worked with Harmon on his cult NBC series Community, said he hasn't heard anything about getting back to work.
"They really take their time," he said. "I never understood why everybody—all parties, Dan, Justin, and Adult Swim—didn’t get their shit together, and make the show fast. I just don't get it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I'm sure they all have their reasons."
Ridley said that while he highly doubts there won't be a fourth season, he doesn't expect any new Rick and Morty episodes to be released in 2018, since it took eight months to produce the show's third season after the script was finished.
"I know how long this show takes to write, let alone animate," he said. "I'd be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019… late 2019."
Since Rick and Morty fans really don't cope well when they don't get their way, Ridley said the network, Harmon, and Roiland should probably get their "shit together."
"Get it all together," he said, "and put it in a backpack."
Going by Ridley's assessment, the only Rick and Morty we may get to see in 2018 is a two-minute clip from a Deadmau5 show. According to the AV Club, the DJ, who famously bought a packet of Szechuan sauce for $15,350, dropped the exclusive clip for his audience on New Year's Eve.