“Rick and Morty” ended its second season with Rick being sent to an intergalactic prison after he gave himself up to save his family. But fans who think that the mad scientist won’t be seen as much in the new season will have a reason to celebrate, as co-creator Dan Harmon recently revealed Rick’s whereabouts in the season 3 premiere.
The stars of the hit cartoon Justin Roiland, Sarah Chalke and Spencer Grammer, along with Harmon and writer Ryan Ridley spoke with Entertainment Weekly at San Diego Comic-Con, and Ridley said, “Well the show is called ‘Rick and Morty,’ so we have to get him back somehow.”
Harmon added, “He gets out of prison in the first episode.” Harmon’s revelation caused the rest of the group to groan and protest over the plot spoiler.
Ridley added that there are two versions of the premiere episode produced one being the “real version” and one is a fake version. Grammer said that it was done to prevent the episode from getting leaked.
At the convention, Harmon said that the season 3 premiere presented some creative challenges and has “been changed a thousand times.”
“Episode 301 is the least compatible with the new viewer because we have so many loose ends to tie up,” the co-creator explained (via Collider). It is expected that along with Rick’s whereabouts, the season premiere will also address what happened to Morty and the rest of the Smith family after they were sent back to Earth, which is now under the control of the Galactic Federation.
As for the season premiere, there has been speculation that season 3 will debut this month, but Harmon has debunked the August return date rumors. Roiland did give fans a clue as to when the show will return, telling EW, “It will premiere before World War III starts, which should happen in 12 months-ish.”
A premiere date for “Rick and Morty” season 3 has yet to be announced by Adult Swim.