Fear not Rick and Morty fans as it looks like the long waits between seasons may well be over with. This, according to star Chris Parnell, who voices Jerry Smith on the beloved animated series. With the second half of season 4 officially underway, Parnell has revealed that he doesn't expect the wait for season 5 to be nearly as long as the wait has been in the past.
During a recent interview in honor of season 4's return, Chris Parnell addressed the possible wait for season 5. Rather encouragingly, the actor seems to think that creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland will get the lead out this time around, encouraged largely by the massive renewal Cartoon Network and Adult Swim handed out for the series back in 2018. Here's what Parnell had to say about it.
"[Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland] wanted some job security, and they wanted to know that the show was going to be around for a while so that they and the writers could get into some sort of momentum. We'll see less lengthy breaks between seasons going forward because of that. And it's very gratifying to know we're going to have all those episodes. Hopefully Jerry will be around for the duration. You never know."
Following the success of Rick and Morty season 3, the network handed out a nearly unheard of 70-episode renewal. Given that those seasons have averaged around 10 episodes each, that means the show could be around for another 6 seasons after season 4 wraps up. But at the rate things were going, that could have made for a long wait. It was just shy of two years between season 2 and 3, with a massive 25 month wait before season 4 returned last year.
Luckily, it seems that the huge renewal lit a fire under both Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. While there is no word on when season 5 could debut, it seems like some time in 2021 is on the table. Chris Parnell, speaking further, discussed his love for playing Jerry as a lovable loser.
"It's so much more fun to play losers than winners. There's so much more potential there for comedy. I've been lucky enough to be on board for quite a few years now with Jerry. I like to imagine that a lot of people have a soft spot for him because, in the world of Rick and Morty, he's the most pathetic. He's the most put-upon and pushed around. He rails against that sometimes, but he manages to make it work for him in his way. He doesn't usually have a lot of demands. It's an awesome character to play."
Rick and Morty debuted in December 2013 and has since exploded in popularity. Aside from its continued run on Adult Swim, the series will also be streaming on HBO Max, WarnerMedia's new streaming service that is set to launch later this month. Rick and Morty returns with a new episode this Sunday. This news comes to us via TV Line.