Rick and Morty Season 4 Finale: Dan Harmon, Anne Lane on Bad Dad Rick

One of the biggest recurring themes on Adult Swim's Rick and Morty over these past four seasons is that Rick was, is, and continues to be a really lousy father. In fact, there's a debate to be had over just how good of a grandfather he's been and that that title comes with slightly lesser parental expectations. But season four finale "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri" really elevated things to an entirely new and wonderfully uncomfortable level. Following up on the clone offer from "The ABC's of Beth" and filling in some major parts that happened at the end of it that we didn't see (we're trying to avoid going into a MAJOR SPOILERS deep-dive), let's just say that Rick "punts" so badly on a decision that it might just end up being the best thing for the family. Except this feels like a family that's had just about enough of Rick. Now, series co-creator Dan Harmon and episode writer Anne Lane take us behind the scenes and inside Rick's head, as well as offering some perspective on what this means for Beth.

A scene from the season four finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
A scene from the season four finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

So now the wait for a fifth season begins, with some questions that need answers. Will ten-episode, split seasons be the norm? Should we pencil in November 2020 and May 2021 for our next five-episode rounds? While he had had promising news about the fifth season to share, it looks like 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."

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A scene from the season four finale of Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

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."

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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