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“Rick and Morty” creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland explained the long delay of Season 3. Adult Swim

The creators “Rick and Morty” have explained the reason behind the long delay of Season 3.

Fans waited for almost two years for “Rick and Morty” to return to the small screen with Season 3. The last episode of Season 2 aired on Oct. 4, 2015. Explaining the delay, co-creator Dan Harmon said they wanted to explore their creativity because they do not want to deliver the same product like the previous seasons. He also admitted that they were pressured by their fans who have been bugging them about the new season and also by the success of their animated series. Their worries did not help their progress on writing Season 3.

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“You have to worry about that but then worry about worrying about that without worrying about worrying about that. It’s like a solar flare. It blinds you, and it blinded us,” Harmon told Polygon. “Ultimately, you get through it by writing the same show you would’ve written just while freaking out. Decisions that would’ve taken five minutes start taking fifteen minutes and then everything takes three times longer. Then you look back at driving the same distance, but it took three times longer. So now you’ve figured out the trick, which is just not worrying about it.”

There were also reports claiming that the two creators, Harmon and Justin Roiland, were involved in a feud, which then delayed the production of “Rick and Morty” Season 3 further. Addressing the feud rumors, Roiland said, “I saw a tweet he retweeted of an article citing a previous article as proof of our fighting. You realize it’s flattering that we’ve waited so long and there’s so much love for the show that life is spontaneously growing without our control.”

Harmon and Roiland have been constantly asked by fans about their progress on the new season. Some messages were too aggressive, while other tweets they received were too disturbing that it affected their creativity. Due to the constant prodding, the creators dropped the premiere episode of Season 3 on April Fool’s Day without prior notice. Many missed it, but Adult Swim gave them a chance to watch the episode titled “The Rickshank Rickdemption” by airing it again. The creators then announced that the new episodes will air this summer.

“Rick and Morty” Season 3 returns on July 30 at 11:30 p.m. EDT on Adult Swim.