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Dan Harmon Clarifies ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Delay Comments

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The third season of Adult Swim favorite Rick and Morty got a slight update this week with co-creator Dan Harmon’s insight into the delay, citing “fights” with himself and partner Justin Roiland. As you can imagine, “fights” can be a loaded term, for which Harmon speaks out again to clarify “the truth is not dramatic.”

It was over the weekend at Sundance that Harmon told Rick and Morty fans why Season 3 had missed a 2016 premiere window, taking personal responsibility and claiming “It’s hard to put your finger on how we f—ed up. ‘Rick and Morty’ keeps taking longer and longer to write, and I don’t know why.” Harmon also referenced “fights all the time” between he and co-creator Justin Roiland, albeit in a sense that the two were taking time to sort out the best possible collaborative vision.

Hoping to quell any impression of conflict, Harmon took to Twitter to dismantle the “fights” notion and stress that Season 3 was still being drawn:

All tweets read in full:

Re: confusion/concern about my comments in Indiewire interview re: Rick and Morty. The “fights” I refer to aren’t “the reason 4 delay.” The “fights” also aren’t what you call a fight when you have one in your home or street. I’m talking about fights like “what joke to do.” It’s the statements back to back that’s confusing: I was saying “the buck stops with me and justin.” It was our usual perfectionism, etc. Then, I was moving on, in trademark rambling, to try to express how hard and confusing it can be in a RAM writers room. Chasing tails.

I understand and we are flattered that in an information vacuum, with the show so late, any morsel of info is going to have huge weight. But the truth is not dramatic. It’s quite boring. We love our show. It’s a weird show that we struggle to not overthink OR underthink. As for now, they’re drawing it. We don’t update on exactly where every episode is in pipeline for two reasons (uh oh sub enumeration): One is that we want you harassing the bosses as opposed to hard-at-work artists and editors, or writers that finished months ago. The other is that it is out of our jurisdiction to discuss schedule. That’s Adult Swim’s biz. Totally unrelated. Hence the info shortage.

So, I’m sorry I can’t say “we fractured a creative valve in sector 3″ or “it’s Paul’s fault. GET HIM!” No hidden truth. We slow. Sorry. Part of what I was trying to express is that WE would sit and ponder, what’s the problem here, how can we write faster, why we so slow? And then we’d go “what made us faster in season 1″ and then we’d go “we didn’t sit here talking about this, let’s just do this,” etc.

I tell you, as a self destructively honest guy, Justin and I have literally never fought. Season 3 isn’t late because of “fighting.” In fact, ironically, maybe THAT’s the delay-cause. We respect and terrify each other and always want the other to be happy.

The Season 2 finale aired in October of 2015, while reported episode counts place Season 3 at an unconfirmed fourteen half-hour shows. You can watch a Rick and Morty Season 3 preview below, but will the final product show signs of its lengthy, complicated development?

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