'Rick and Morty' season 3 release news: Creators talk about managing fan expectations

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With no official release date yet for the return of “Rick and Morty,” fans found solace during the recently held San Diego Comic-Con where show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon provided some insight as to what the Cartoon Network show will bring to the table for its third season.

Season 2 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, with Rick willingly surrendering himself to the galactic federation behind his family’s back, so the anticipation for the series’ return is very much understandable. However, the show developers admitted that working on the brand-new chapter of “Rick and Morty” is no easy feat as it is riddled with expectations as well as time pressure.

“It’s been harder this season… I watched the thumbnail animatic of Episode 304 and I was ready to move forward with it and Ryan [Ridley] said ‘we’re not satisfied with it’ and we were already behind schedule,” Harmon explained.

True enough, there has been buzz that season 3 of “Rick and Morty” will finally premiere sometime in early 2017 even though it was initially confirmed for a late 2016 debut.

“They have to bear the brunt of the schedule, they have to work weekends. They are the ones that wanted to do it. There’s a weird higher calling there and it’s not an endless perfectionism because you know when something finally clicks and you go ‘this is a good episode of TV.’ But it’s not just me and I was very happy to find that out,” Harmon continued.

Aside from taking the stage, the co-executive producers also debuted a very raw cut of what they are currently working on. The clip was still in the production stage so it lacked the colors and finishes that would make it more like a snippet from the show. Despite this, panel attendees still appreciated it as the humor unique to “Rick and Morty” was still obviously very much present.

Nevertheless, the production may be worth the wait for all the fans. Back in June, Roiland felt pretty good about the upcoming season proclaiming that it will have some of the best episodes of the animated show. Despite this, he said that he did not want to be complacent, explaining that the final verdict will still depend on the audiences’ reactions once it rolls out.