The highly-anticipated fourth season of Rick and Morty was finally released earlier this year, and the end of the season saw fans immediately start demanding to know when the fifth season will be out next. According to showrunner Dan Harmon, who spoke during the digital panel for PaleyFest 2020, the fact that the new season is being scripted remotely by the writers leads to a more democratic creative process.
"It's all about the removal of humanity, the forced compartmentalization. That's good creatively for writers who are less socialized for loudness and interruption. There are some fellas that might not be heard when the whole fratty energy is at a full volume. I think in a lot of ways [it's] a huge improvement and in a lot of ways rolling a boulder up a hill. It comes out to a net balance."
So it seems the work on Season 5 is chugging along smoothly, and fans could hope to have the new season released sooner rather than later. While Dan Harmon could not promise that the next season will be a qualitative improvement over previous episodes, he did state its creation process was tracking well on schedule.
"We were certainly not already doing it the way we're doing it now, definitely more than our friends in live-action. We were able to make a transition. During this time Rick and Morty was already anticipating a shutdown and we were able to because it's digital. I have survivor's guilt. I like working this way. I can do it in my underwear and I always wanted to do it in my underwear, but the storyboard artists and the sound engineers have to put in a little more time and effort. That keeps me from being jubilant about the whole thing. Everything always trickles down to labor and it sucks you don't want to go 'this is great creatively.' We're more on schedule than we've ever been. You have to have a remote bee colony so the honey is made more consistently."
The last season of Rick and Morty ended on a bittersweet note. On the one hand, the real Beth and the Clone Beth Rick created in the past were reunited, and instead of being at each other's throats, the two Beths resolved to work together to improve the lives of themselves and their family.
On the other hand, this healthy attitude has finally proven to the Smith family just what a toxic person Rick Sanchez is, and the season ended with him being left out in the cold while the rest of the family bonded. Rick finally admits to himself what a terrible person he is, and how his actions have led to his alienation from everyone he cares about.
From the brief clip shared previously from Season 5, we know Rick and Morty will continue with their dimension-hopping adventures, even as Morty learns to stand up for himself more and not be pushed around by Rick so much, which some fans speculate could be the start of his journey towards becoming Evil Morty. Hopefully, some major answers will be provided when Season 5 finally arrives. ComicBook.com was the first to come with these comments.