Interview: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland on the wait for new Rick And Morty and “the pursuit of perfection”

At the end of Rick And Morty‘s second season, top-hat-wearing, “ooo-wee”-ing Smith family friend Mr. Poopybutthole assures fans that their favorite sci-fi comedy will be back “in, like, a year and a half—or longer.” Self-deprecating joke became self-fulfilling prophecy: Nearly 18 months passed between the end of Rick And Morty‘s second season and the premiere of its third, during which viewers were left to ponder the imprisonment of dimension-hopping mad scientist Rick Sanchez, Earth’s absorption into the Galactic Federation, and what the holdup was with new episodes. The rumor mill kept spinning even after the surprise debut of “The Rickshank Rickdemption” on April Fool’s Day, leading to a tweetstorm from Dan Harmon that put the delay in stark terms: “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 …

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