Some Rick and Morty fans have a history of losing their shit whenever their beloved show makes the news. The latest public meltdown comes after co-creator Dan Harmon tweeted that the cartoon had not been renewed for a fourth season by Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.
The news-dominating tweet was sent in response to a rude fan that was pestering Harmon about writing Season 4, sending devoted followers of the series into an online frenzy.
Some fans have even gone so far as to sign a petition asking the networks to renew the show for a fourth season. At the time of writing, the petition, which can be seen here, has reached 3,849 signatures, meaning it’s closing in on its goal of 4,000.
It reads: “This petition was made to show the support of the show and to let Cartoon Network know they will be loosing a lot of viewers. We did it for the sauce now let’s do it for the show.”
The online reactions, some of which we’ve compiled for you below, reminded us strongly of Szechuan-Gate.
Idk what I will do if Rick and Morty doesn’t get renewed for a season 4 pic.twitter.com/4RnpayadKO
— i dont date 🍯 (@privatemaraj) March 18, 2018
If y’all let rick and morty get cancelled I’m going to fuCKING KILL MYSELF
— Nathan Hernandez🐝 (@nate_notarapper) March 20, 2018
IM SORRY BUT IF YOU NEED ME ILL BE BUSY RIOTING OVER RICK AND MORTY BEING FUCKING CANCELLED
— Christine (@criscosays) March 20, 2018
Last year, the show’s fans embarrassed themselves when some exhibited inexcusable behavior after McDonald’s ran out of its limited edition Szechuan Sauce. The sauce had been brought back for one day only after Rick and Morty popularized it in the season three series debut. Initially, it was released as a promotional tool for the Mulan movie back in the ’90s.
Groups of fans were seen protesting outside McDonald’s franchises that had run out of the sauce, while others verbally abused staff when they realized they had lined up for hours only to leave empty-handed.
McDonald’s soon announced it would be rolling out a wider release of the Szechuan sauce, making those that freaked out and others that paid exorbitant amounts of money for the sauce look more than a little silly.
The exact same thing could be happening again.
Nothing in Harmon’s tweet (below) suggests that the show has been canceled, only that season four has not been ordered… yet.
I hear ya, tough spot. On one hand, it can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network. On the other hand, the thought that fans like you pay the price…I mean…I’m gonna grab a drink https://t.co/mvn9nthxCE
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) March 17, 2018
Those familiar with Adult Swim will know that the network is never in any rush to push out new seasons of its best shows. There was an 18-month hiatus between seasons two and three, so an extended period between season three and four would not be anything out of the ordinary.
Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. is another highly popular show that has made fans wait up to two-and-a-half years between seasons in the past.
In addition to the network’s highly irregular airing dates, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise to devoted fans after show writer Ryan Ridley alluded to exactly what Harmon had tweeted two months prior.
Speaking in an interview with The Detroit Cast radio station, Ridley said: “I know how long this show takes to write, let alone animate. I’d be surprised if there was a fourth season on the air anytime sooner than 2019… late 2019.”
Ridley continued by lamenting, “I never understood why everybody—all parties, Dan, Justin, and Adult Swim—didn’t get their shit together, and make the show fast.”
So, when taking Adult Swim’s propensity to drag their feet, Ridley’s comments from January, and the fact that Harmon’s tweet was in response to a “fan” that called him a “lazy alcoholic,” there is enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that season four is most likely happening, albeit not anytime soon.
Rick and Morty is one of Adult Swim’s biggest hits right now and it wouldn’t make any business sense to cut off its rabid fanbase at the peak of the show’s existence.
The most likely scenario is that Rick and Morty is renewed for season 4 at some point in the future and work will slowly start on writing and animating. Ridley’s timeline of a mid to late 2019 premiere is perfectly in line with this theory.
Scroll through the rest of the reactions below and then let us know your thoughts on the whole thing in the comments.
can’t believe they cancelled rick and morty
gonna kill myself with szechuan sauce to avenge the death of a good show!!!!!!
cartoon network will rue this day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— J_B (@SierraI07) March 19, 2018
THEY FUCKING CANCELLED RICK AND MORTY?!?!?? WHAT THE FUCK 2018 IS FULLY CANCELLED
— haley (@yunghalez) March 19, 2018
THE WORLD NEEDS RICK AND MORTY. https://t.co/AO3Nm9tBUi
— Milo Manheim (@MiloManheim) March 20, 2018
If Rick and Morty gets cancelled on the real I’m crawling into a hole and Jeff will be the only person able to pull me out. Can we have a screening of the show at camp LL? @Excision
— Marianella Rivera (@itslamarriii) March 20, 2018
If we can raise $50m for decentralized (insert stupid ICO idea here), surely we can crowdfund for season 4 of Rick and Morty? I’ll give 0.25 ETH to whowever comes up with the best pun or witticism. https://t.co/jPHNL5IsUi
— Ari Paul (@AriDavidPaul) March 20, 2018
Do you think Rick and Morty will be back for season 4? Do you even care?
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