Rick and Morty fans have been waiting almost two years for the new series to drop and yesterday (Tuesday, October 8) the trailer finally dropped. However, the trailer came with some bad news, revealing that Rick and Morty will be the shortest season to date. Here’s everything you need to know.
Why are there only 5 episodes in the new series of Rick and Morty?
Rick and Morty fans were enraged to find out that the highly anticipated new series of Rick and Morty will be the shortest season yet.
Instead of the usual 10 or 11 episodes, Rick and Morty season four will have just five episodes when it drops.
Fans have been left confused as in May 2018, Rick and Morty was renewed for 70 episodes but yet the latest outing will only have five this year.
The tagline for the latest trailer reads: “Half the Season you deserve, all the season we can handle.”
Rick and Morty fans have taken to Twitter to express their confusion over how an entire series can be stretched out to cover only five episodes.
One fan tweeted: “So you telling me that I waited 2 years for Rick and Morty season 4 and we only get 5 EPISODES?!?!”
Another wrote: “So season 4 of Rick and Morty only has 5 episodes???? What kind of torture…”
A third fan tweeted: “Only five episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4? Well… goddammit! We waited over 2 years for 110 minutes of content. Let’s hope it’s the best it can be, or else the fanbase will make even more of a bad impression.”
However, fans should not worry as the fourth season will be split into two separate instalments as part of the same season, with the second half airing at some point in 2020.
Co-creator Dan Harman had previously told Entertainment Weekly that his plan for season four was 14 episodes but it was cut down to 10, which seems to suggest there will be more episodes to come in season four.
He said: “I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season three that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now’,
“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season four – prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network – that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Justin Roiland said: “Without giving anything away, we have serialised stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes.
“To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”
Luckily, for the past two years, fans have also been treated to mini-episodes since season three ended, which you can watch on YouTube now.
When is Rick and Morty season 4 out?
Rick and Morty season four will premiere on Sunday, November 10 at 11:3pm EST on Adult Swim in the US.
The five episodes will air weekly on the channel, ending on Sunday, December 8.
The series will then air on Channel 4 in the UK, instead of Netflix who streamed season three.
Unfortunately, a UK air date has not been confirmed by Channel 4 but an announcement is expected to be made very soon.
For now, fans can expect Rick and Morty season four to arrive in the UK in December 2019, after the show has finished airing in the US.
To watch Rick and Morty season four, you can do so as episodes air weekly on Channel 4 or you can stream episodes live All4.
Episodes will also be available to watch on All 4 after they have aired on TV.
Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
If you need to catch up on all things Rick and Morty, the first three seasons of Rick and Morty are streaming on Netflix now.
Rick and Morty premieres Sunday, November 10 on Adult Swim