'Rick and Morty' Season 5 release date, episode count, stories, and more

We already know a surprising amount about Season 5.

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Rick and Morty fans have had to endure what feels like an excruciatingly long wait for Season 4 following the end of Season 3 in October 2017. That delay was mainly due to contract negotiations with Turner Broadcasting, however, so when the network ordered a whopping 70 more episodes in May 2018, it put all of us at ease about the show’s future.

Rick Sanchez did shout, “Rick and Morty forever!” in the Season 3 premiere. While that might not be true, at least we’ll definitely have Rick and Morty for what might ultimately be a very long time.

We know for sure that Rick and Morty Season 4 will debut sometime in November 2019 and last 10 episodes, but what do we really know about Season 5 and beyond? The truth is that we don’t know much, but as we proceed up to and through Season 4, come back here to get all of the most important Season 5 news, including relevant rumors and speculation about what’s most likely.

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Remember that time Rick and Morty swapped places with some brave astronauts so they could escape a massive alien's menagerie?

How long will the wait for Rick and Morty Season 5 be?

Most Rick and Morty fans have learned to brace for long waits between seasons. In each case previously, it’s been roughly 18 months between the end of a season and the start of a new one — or longer. That seemingly won’t be the case anymore starting at Season 4, however.

Since Adult Swim ordered a full 70 episodes ahead of time, there’s no doubt about whether more Rick and Morty is coming. It’s really left up to the production team to decide how quickly they can work. Which is to say that there’s no reason to delay between Season 4 and 5.

In a July 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dan Harmon said, “I think it’s safe to say without fear of being wrong that the gap between seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous.” Roiland also confirmed that they’re “rolling right into the next batch.”

By now, production on Season 5 has already begun, and we’re told that it can take nine months or longer from an episode’s ideation and writing to the finished product. September 20, 2019 was the last day of work on Rick and Morty for Jeff Loveness, and he shared an image to Twitter confirming that he wrote several Season 4 episodes and the Season 5 premiere.

That naturally leads us to…

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Pickle Rick goes to therapy.

What is the Rick and Morty Season 5 release date?

The closest thing we have to a precedent we might as well use to predict the Season 5 release date are the start of Season 2 and the real start of Season 3.

Fans no doubt remember that Season 3 technically began on April 1 with a truly surprising airing of “The Rickshank Rickdemption.” Season 3 continued with “Rickmancing the Stone” on July 30, 2017. Almost exactly two years prior, the Season 2 premiere, “A Rickle in Time,” aired on July 26, 2015. Could Season 5 revert back to this peak summer debut and end in October?

In both cases, that was the last Sunday in July. One very hopeful guess would be a Rick and Morty Season 5 premiere date of July 26, 2020.

However, if the November premiere of Season 4 is the new norm, then we might have to wait until November 2020. That would really depend upon when Season 4 starts.

Either way, the Rick and Morty production schedule should normalize in a way that means the release dates will be more consistent, predictable, and on an annual schedule.

When will we get the first trailer for Rick and Morty Season 5

Well, we don’t even have a Season 4 trailer yet, so chill out. That said, Adult Swim did reveal our first look at S4 during San Diego Comic-Con, so they same thing could happen for Rick and Morty Season 5 at SDCC 2020. Of course, that’s assuming the show’s new norm is a November premiere …

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Rick confronts the President in "The Rickshank Rickdemption."

How many episodes will be in Rick and Morty Season 5?

We have no way to know for sure how long Season 5 might be, but we can probably assume it’ll also be 10 episodes long.

In a a September 2017 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dan Harmon admitted that the original plan was for Season 3 to be 14 episodes long, but creative struggles compelled them to make a “finale-ified” version of Season 3, Episode 10 instead to cap the season. Given the rounded number of 70 episodes Adult Swim ordered, and the confirmation that Season 4 is also 10 episodes long, we’re probably looking at an even six more seasons that are each 10 episodes long.

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What if Kanye West invades 'Rick and Morty'?

What stories might happen in Rick and Morty Season 5?

Series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have said time and again that they really want to work with Kanye West on an episode. In theory, they might just give the music star full creative control over the show. Why? Read more.

In late May 2019, Dan Harmon trolled fans lightly via Instagram by posting a large number of Post-It notes with bizarre Rick and Morty concepts, saying that they were all for Season 5. This is a good indication that he and the rest of the writing team have been working on Season 5 for quite some time now, and these ideas sound wackier than ever before. Read more.

Rick and Morty Season 5 will definitely happen one day, probably in mid-to-late 2020.