The insanely large renewal of Rick and Morty for 70 episodes by Adult Swim guaranteed the incredibly popular show isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Though it falls a bit short of lead character Rick Sanchez's manic rant in the third season ("Rick and Morty forever, 100 years..."), the very solid future for the show is apparently why the renewal took so long in the first place.
This was addressed in a GQ interview with series co-creator Dan Harmon, which came out yesterday. Part of the interview took place before the epic renewal, and some of it took place afterwards. According to GQ, Harmon and his fellow co-creator Justin Roiland (also the voices of Rick, Morty, and about a thousand other characters) were negotiating for a kind of immortality — or least immortality in terms of television.
It is obvious that Harmon loves the bizarre creation that he and Roiland have spawned, which has in turn spawned legions of fans furious about when the show will return, Mulan-branded McNugget sauce, and pretty much everything else under the sun. As Harmon says, "Rick and Morty is the highest creative opportunity you could ever be afforded as a writer. It's an infinite sandbox. It's the perfect show. It's the most important thing I've ever done. I only want it forever.”
Making sure that he could do it forever was a part of the negotiations that were taking place while this first part of the interview happened. It wasn't because of a feud with Roiland, or the increasingly toxic nature of the show's fans. When asked why the show had not been renewed, Harmon said, “It has, but we're still in negotiations.” He went on to say that they were holding out for a deal that gave them “many, many, many more seasons,” enough that, as Roiland said, would mean that Harmon wouldn't have to "take 12 other jobs while we're working on season four.”
Well wub a lub a dub dub, because Harmon and Roiland got exactly what they wanted. Their negotiations paid off, because they didn't just get a Season 4 — the very lucrative show got an order big enough to give them seasons 5-10 as well, depending on seasonal episode counts.
Talking with GQ after the news broke, Harmon said, “I’m ecstatic...I can finally actually breathe and be as excited as I’ve wanted to be."
Harmon goes a step further, saying, “I definitely agree with my therapist that I’m a very lucky guy."
Now that Harmon, Roiland, and their team have their hard won job security, what can we expect regarding Rick and Morty? Faster turnaround between seasons perhaps? If it sacrifices the show's quality, then hopefully no. If the show (and the way the show is released) has taught us anything, it is that absolutely anything and everything is possible — except for going back to the carpet store. Harmon and Roiland would never do that.