‘Rick and Morty’ fans split on getting ‘half the season you deserve’

Rick and Morty fans finally got a tease of season 4, but some are peeved that it’s only “half the season you deserve.”

The trailer for season 4 debuted on Sunday, two years after season 3 came to an end. It teases more chaotic adventures for Rick and Morty, and the return of characters like the Meeseeks and Mr. Poopybutthole, though the chaser is that the season is only five episodes. Well, so far.

In May 2018, co-creator Justin Roiland teased 70 more episodes, though it wasn’t clear how they would be spaced out. In March 2018, co-creator Dan Harmon alluded on Twitter that the next season hadn’t yet been ordered by Adult Swim, but they confirmed in July 2019 that season 4 would be 10 episodes. So the trailer voiceover announcing “half the season you deserve, all the season we could handle” suggests the other half will come next year, but also that there were perhaps some snags in production. (BoJack Horseman is trying a similar two-part release for its final season.) IMDb does list 10 episodes for season 4.

Rick and Morty fans can be pretty hardcore—in the past we’ve seen the uglier side of the fanbase—and many expressed frustration that they’d waited two years for five episodes.

But there were still plenty of fans who were excited to get something, anything.

Rick and Morty season 4 debuts on Nov. 10.


Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.