'Rick and Morty' season 3 release date: Writer says their best season so far is worth the wait

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The exact release date of “Rick and Morty” season 3 is still unknown, with speculations pointing to either late 2016 or early 2017. Fans are understandably getting anxious, but writer Mike McMahan assured fans that it is worth the wait.

McMahan offered fans encouragement, iDigitalTimes reported. “Greatness takes time,” said McMahan on his Twitter account in a reply to a fan asking when “Rick and Morty” season 3 is coming out.

He advised fans to just relax, promising that it is the best season so far and will be worth the wait.

The longer wait might be because of a longer season, according to The Inquisitr. “Rick and Morty” season 3 has 14 episodes, four more than the previous season and three more than the first. This would mean that four episodes worth of production time have been added, prolonging the wait.

Many fans in a Reddit discussion are okay with it, saying that the added episodes are going to be worth it, but others are happier with shorter seasons with a shorter wait time in between.

Another cause of delay might be the team’s effort to produce high quality episodes. Co-creator Dan Harmon previously admitted that the success of the show is putting pressure on them to release the best episodes they can do.

He revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con that the animators and writers almost scrapped an entire episode from the next season because they were not satisfied with the outcome. He shared that he was willing to go with the episode after watching the thumbnail animatic, but staff writer Ryan Ridley insisted otherwise.

“They are the ones that wanted to do it,” he said, pertaining to the animators (via Den of Geek).

Harmon revealed that they were already behind schedule, but his team did not want to release an episode they were not happy with.

“Rick and Morty” season 3 is still being pegged for an end of 2016 release, but there is still no official confirmation from Adult Swim or the creators.