We have a confession to make: as much as we've loved the season-long Rick and Morty Companion Podcast Live, we forgot that there wasn't one for season-ender "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri." It probably had to do with the waves of depression we were feeling coming out of seeing Rick along in his garage, coupled with the question marks forming in our brains about the fifth season. We even made the case that maybe, possibly the season finale made Rick look like a decent-ish dad (check that out here), which we're still hearing about. So it was a pleasant surprise to see the last edition pop up on YouTube, with director Erica Hayes, writer Anne Lane, associate producer Steve Levy, and lead prop designer Brent Noll on hand to dissect every aspect of the episode (and yes, there were a ton of different storyline options in play that you'll definitely want to hear about):
While he had promising news about the fifth season to share, it looks like series co-creator Justin Roiland is as much in the dark over how the next season will go release-wise just like the rest of us: "I think it's largely dependent on how quick the episodes can get produced. I know season five is mostly in the can. They're still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process. I believe if they have the full ten episodes, they'll release them without a split, but I honestly have no idea. That's kind of a question that's outside of my jurisdiction. They do what they think is best for the show."
Roiland isn't just a fan of having a split in the schedule like we saw this season, but he loves the idea of playing around with release schedules and other new ways of getting episodes out to the fans. Even monthly: "I've been saying we should drop an episode each month, just make it a big event. I like the idea of thinking outside the box with how any show is delivered to the masses. If you do one a month, the show is alive the whole year and you're still buying us all the time we need to make them as good as they need to be. I'm not saying that's ever gonna happen, but I have brought that up in the past. That just goes to the point that I have no idea what the plan is for season five. I'm sure whatever it is will be the right decision."