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I’m sure everybody will already know about this by now, but still, we need to say it;
Rick and Morty have officially been picked up by Netflix – with a whopping 70 episodes ordered!
That’s more than double the number of episodes currently already produced!
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the news covers how many episodes have been ordered, but not how many seasons that will generate or how they intend to spread the episodes out.
The renewal has been described, merely, as a “long-term deal” with no time frame for when the episodes will air.
If we go by what’s already been established by creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, then we might be in for a very long-term series. Season one featured 11 episodes, whilst seasons two and three both held ten episodes each. By that logic, we’ll get no fewer than seven more seasons. Of course, that figure might shoot up should even more episodes receive the green light.
When you bear in mind how long Roiland and Harmon have taken to get these episodes commissioned, plus how long it actually takes to produce an animated series, it’s certainly likely that Rick and Morty will be around for at least another decade.
Whilst this is obviously good news for Rick and Morty fans, it’s even better news forAdult Swim. The newly announced 70 episodes push the entire series to 101 episodes, which is enough to earn syndication money.
More money for them, more madcap, universe-spanning adventures for us. It’s a win-win.
Roiland was so happy about the news, he even posted this to Twitter;
“More Rick and Morty coming. Looking forward to all the tweets asking where it is! #theydrawingit” along with a hand-drawn picture featuring Rick and Morty with Rick echoing his iconic “Forever and forever, a hundred years” speech from the first season.
“It’s official Morty. 70 more adventures Morty. You and me. 70 more Morty,” with Morty – looking as hapless as always – thinking “Aw geez..” to himself.