“Rick and Morty” fans have been waiting for the animated show to return for its third season on Adult Swim, and while the series is in production, an official announcement regarding the season 3 premiere date has yet to be made. But fans who were at San Diego Comic-Con were not disappointed as show creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon attended the pop culture event, and instead of releasing a first look at the upcoming season, the “Rick and Morty” team chose to debut a 9-minute clip which shows Rick and Morty reenacting the infamous Denver Allen court pre-trial transcript.
In the NSFW clip (via Screencrush), Rick is featured as murder defendant Denver Fenton Allen, while Morty acts the part of Judge J. Bryant Durham in an actual exchange which went viral. While the scene won’t likely be included in any of the season 3 episodes, the courtroom scene seems to be in keeping with the season 2 finale, as Rick surrendered and allowed himself to be taken to an intergalactic prison in order to save his family.
With the success of the show and the pressure to deliver equally good episodes, Harmon admitted that making the series has been more difficult this time around.
“It’s been harder this season,” said Harmon (via Den of Geek). “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 added that the animators had to bear the brunt of the schedule and that they had to work weekends to make the third season.
Roiland said that while expectations are high for season 3, in the end, it’s a good thing for the series.
“Ultimately, that’s going to result in really good episodes across the board,” said Roiland. “We just don’t want one that universally is a stinker.”
“Rick and Morty” season 3 is expected to premiere later this year on Adult Swim.