There Will Be No Rick and Morty Season 4
There will be no Rick and Morty Season 4… at least the same Rick and Morty we have come to know and love.
Fans of the show have been wondering why there has been no progress made on the new upcoming season of the hit-show considering it is critically acclaimed, vastly popular, and has amassed a cult following. After a long drought subsequent to season 3, it has been confirmed by the shows creators that not only are they not working yet on a season 4, but Adult Swim hasn’t even renewed the show for a 4th season yet. Co-creator Dan Harmon said in a Twitter post “It can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network.”
For those of you who don’t know, Rick and Morty is far and away Adult Swim’s most popular show, and cancelling it/not renewing it for another season would be like HBO not renewing Game of Thrones. At this point, its become such a pop culture staple, especially to young adults, that it would be crazy for Adult swim to leave it out of their roster. So what’s the hold up? That is, if we can call it a hold up and not an all-out cancellation. So far, many news outlets and blogs have accounted for the hold up by saying it was due to turbulent contract negotiations. Clashes of Egos between the shows creators and Adult Swim studio heads have also been speculated as the reason for the hold up.
We have reason to believe it is neither contract negotiations or egos that is holding up the fourth season, but something a lot more complex, sensitive, and dark.
Back in October, The New York Times first published accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, which opened up the floodgates of the infractions of many notable men and shined a light on just how many women were subject to inappropriate sexual behavior at their workplace. This also gave birth to the #MeToo movement which was in full swing and going strong by December and January. This is important because it was at the end of December and the beginning of January where Rick and Morty’s Co-Creator Dan Harmon and Staff Writer Megan Ganz had a very public dispute regarding Harmon’s improper sexual advances against Ms. Ganz.
Essentially, she wanted an apology from Harmon after she rejected his sexual advances- which led him to demean Ms. Ganz at work. Most of the unbelievable exchange played out over twitter and began when Dan Harmon tweeted out “This was truly the Year of the Asshole. Myself Included. We don’t have to make 2018 the year of the Mensch but I hope it can be the Year of the Not as Much of an Asshole. #RealisticGoals.” Megan Ganz responded on twitter by saying “Care to be more specific? Redemption follows allocution.” The tweet exchange continued… and really is just something you have to read for yourself:
A week after the twitter exchange, Dan Harmon admitted to horrible behavior on his podcast “Harmontown.” He stated, on the episode “The entire time, I was the one writing her paychecks and in control of whether she stayed or went, and whether she felt good about herself or not, and said horrible things, just treated her cruelly.” He added “I’ll never do it again, but I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it if I had any respect for women.” Ms. Ganz responded on twitter:
Megan Ganz handled one of the most problematic and work experiences in a public setting with a level of grace and forgiveness that is rare to find in 2018. Rick and Morty no longer has Ms. Ganz on their staff of writers. She now does content creation for It’s Always Sunny, The Onion, Community and Modern Family. The question now is, will Rick and Morty continue without Dan Harmon? Or, Can it?
So the delinquency of the fourth season may not be about clashing egos or contractual disputes at all. In fact our source doubts it, “The real reason [I believe] the show is on ‘hold’ is because Adult Swim is hesitant to go ahead with a new season, with a co-creator that was sexually harassing employees in the era of #MeToo. The potential fallback from ignoring it and going ahead with a new season with Harmon at the helm, can be catastrophic to the network.”
This leads us into Adult Swim’s three possible options regarding the future of Rick & Morty:
1) They can leave Harmon in place and renew the show for another season. This can be problematic for obvious reasons.
2) They can let season 3 be the last season of Rick and Morty, thereby ending the show.
3) They can renew for season 4 and somehow do the show without Harmon being involved.
Apparently, not only is Harmon Co-Creator of the show, but many suggest that Rick, the main character of the show is based on Harmon himself. Many say Harmon is an asshole, including Harmon himself. Many say Harmon is genius-like and his intellect is met with a massive ego. Harmon is a self-proclaimed alcoholic. So is it by chance or design that Harmon created Rick, who is an asshole in that he can be very cruel, genius in everything he applies himself to, has a massive ego, and also a loves alcohol?
It is here where things can get tricky for Adult Swim. How do you navigate continuing a celebrated show, without the show’s creator? And how do you do that when the creator possibly, no probably, based the main character after himself?
“That’s really all you can do [continue the show without Harmon]”, our source has told us, “It’s one of those shows that’s brilliant enough to go on without Harmon. I don’t see a season 4- a renewal contract with him on board.” But, what is Morty without Rick? And, what is Rick & Morty without Dan Harmon?