‘Rick and Morty’ season 3 updates: New trailer confirms show’s July return

An image from one of the episodes from Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty."

After several months of anxious waiting, fans of “Rick and Morty” can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Adult Swim released the latest trailer for the hit animated show, confirming the continuation of season 3 on July 30. A report from The Washington Post touched on some of the lines from the trailer, particularly Rick’s when he said, “it’s getting darker.” The line comes from one of the upcoming episodes. However, it is yet to be seen how things can really get dark for the grandfather–grandson duo.

Last April, the creators surprised the fans by airing the season 3 pilot on April Fool’s Day. The excitement, however, came to a crashing halt, as the rest of the season was put on hold. What followed was more than two long months of waiting filled with anxiety, with rumors of the show being canceled altogether swirling online.

Late last month, co-creator Dan Harmon took to Twitter to give fans a boost, confirming the show’s return this summer. “Anyway, season 3 is coming, we took too long writing it, they’re finishing drawing it, it’s coming, AS said summer, that’s real, press covfe,” Harmon tweeted.

He followed up with another post explaining why the show has been delayed. “The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1,” he said.

Harmon’s words gave hope for fans who were starting to feel that the show may no longer return after all. A report from the Inquisitr raised the possibility that the show may have already been canceled for good. Rumors of the show ending stemmed from the alleged tension between Harmon and co-creator Justin Roiland.

Another speculated reason is the airing of season 3’s pilot last April 1. Many believed this to be a cryptic message of the show saying goodbye.

“Rick and Morty” season 3 episode  2 will air on July 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.