Weâ€™ve learned precious little about season four of Rick and Morty, other than its November premiere date, those two very recent image glimpses, and that its planning involved a hell of a lot of Post-It notes. But at its San Diego Comic-Con panel, we finally got a peek at whatâ€™s to come from co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.
Joining the executive producers and co-creators (Roiland also voices both of the title characters) were Spencer Grammer (who plays Summer, Mortyâ€™s older sister), Sarah Chalke (who plays Rickâ€™s daughter, Beth, the mother of Summer and Morty) and Chris Parnell (who plays Bethâ€™s on-again, off-again husband, Jerry, as well as dad to Summer and Morty).
We didnâ€™t get a trailer, but we did get some first-look clips, as well as repeated reassurances that the long gaps between seasons that Rick and Morty fans have become grimly accustomed to are finally a thing of the past. In fact, Roiland said that the team has already begun work on season five, even with a few months left to go before season four is ready for the airwaves.
â€œThere was a lot of stuff that happened between seasons three and four that wonâ€™t have to happen again,â€ he explained, referring to the drawn-out contract negotiations that were finally settled last spring.
Though all of the panelists were, of course, very tight-lipped about season four spoilers, Roiland and Harmon did let a couple of vague morsels slip, like the fact that we might see a time-travel storyline, something the show hasnâ€™t messed around with since the first episode, as well as the return of season one character Mr. Meeseeks — the self-multiplying, short-lived creature that can be summoned for assistance, but turns very dark when heâ€™s kept alive too long.
â€œDonâ€™t get your hopes up too much,â€ Harmon chuckled, suggesting the presence of Mr. Meeseeks might not be the best news for the showâ€™s characters… we all remember what happened when Jerry took too long to improve his golf swing last time.
Harmon and Roiland also shared a couple of clips, including a rough animatic of a scene that sees Rick and Morty (sort of) helping Jerry hang Christmas lights, before blasting off for an adventure thatâ€™s hampered by a flat tire, a long-winded Saturday Night Live joke, and the sudden appearance of a â€œspace snake.â€
They also dropped this finished clip that was thankfully shared online, too. It features guest voice Taika Waititi playing alien intern Glootie.
â€œYou canâ€™t stay mad at a guy with this kind of talent!â€
Presumably, weâ€™ll get a full trailer out of Adult Swim in the coming months. Rick and Morty season four premieres in November.