‘Rick and Morty’ Creator Discusses New Approach To Writing Season 4

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While Rick and Morty fans don’t know when the show will be returning for its fourth season, they do know that when it does finally return, it’s going to stick around for a while.

Back in May, it was announced that show creator Dan Harmon had reached an agreement with Adult Swim to air 70(!) more episodes of Rick and Morty. Given that Rick and Morty are currently producing 10-11 episodes per season, another 70 episodes means potentially another seven seasons of the show. Fantastic news.

But maybe the even BETTER news is how exactly these new installments are being written.

In an interview with Emmy Magazine,  creator Dan Harmon discussed how he plans to approach writing the new season.

Instead of starting with A and B stories and trying to make those funny, the Rick and Morty writers will now be focusing on funny ideas & bits of dialogue & moments first, and then they’ll structure stories around those.

via Emmy Magazine:

Rather than focus on A and B stories and certain jokes and bits of dialogue that might fit together, Harmon and his team will instead develop, nurture and cultivate ideas, moments, conversations, jokes, stories, premises and swaths of dialogue, with no emphasis on any one aspect over another.

Anything that makes them laugh will be worthy of attention, and only as a last resort — and at the last minute — will these items be collected into episodes. It’s a sort of deconstruction of the process, focusing on moments first and structure second, rather than the other way around (that is, the usual way). Most experienced show creators would find that daunting, but not Harmon.

“The last thing I want is to be the guy who makes Rick and Mortysterile,” he says with a shrug. “We need to keep it fresh and continue to innovate. It helps to collaborate with someone like Justin. He has his disorders and I have mine, but it’s hard to find a creative partnership where each thinks the other is a genius, and each is terrified of alienating the other or letting the other down. It’s really, really hard to find partnerships like that. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Rick and Morty season four has yet to be given a premiere date, but when it does finally return,  we’re sure it will do so with a bang.

More Rick and Morty coming. Looking forward to all the tweets asking where it is! #theydrawingit pic.twitter.com/KZild3B9rP

— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018

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