Rick and Morty season 4 is here and the first half of the highly-anticipated new season certainly didn't disappoint. We visited Rick's super serene pooping planet, found out about the existence of Death Crystals (wanna know how you'll die? They do that!) and laughed our way through an excellent parody of heist movies with a showdown between Heist-o-Tron and Rand-o-Tron.
But now we're through the first half of season 4, when will the second part of season 4 be released? And what can we expect from the final 5 episodes?
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Cut to the chase
- What is it? The fourth season of sci-fi adult animation Rick and Morty.
- When is it out? The first half is already out. The second is expected early 2020.
- Where can I watch it? In the US you can watch it on Adult Swim, in the UK season four will debut on Channel 4, and in Australia it’ll be available on Netflix.
Part of Rick and Morty’s success is down to its masterful combination of wacky, borderline-offensive comedy with truly stirring character arcs, from Rick’s self destructive nihilism to Morty’s acceptance of humanity’s insignificance within the larger universe (and his inherent teenage awkwardness).
The series largely focuses on the adventures of Rick and Morty, who travel to other planets and dimensions using Rick’s flying car, allowing us to see multiple versions of the characters who exist within the multiverse.
While Rick is eccentric, nihilistic and reckless, Morty is anxious and self-conscious, acting as the moral compass that tempers his grandfather’s massive ego.
When will Rick and Morty season 4 be released?
The first half of Rick and Morty season 4 is here. All 5 episodes have aired and boy were they a fun return to form for the series.
So the big question now is: when will the second part of the fourth season be available to watch?
Well, no one is sure yet. It would make sense for part 2 to arrive early on in 2020. After all, the first 5 episodes landed on respective channels and streaming services regularly.
However, there have traditionally been big stretches between series, which means we might be waiting a little longer for the second part of season 4.
What we do know is that, luckily, the bulk of the voice acting has already been recorded for the last five episodes. Collider (thanks, GamesRadar) interviewed the voice of Summer, Spencer Grammer, who revealed she's finished recording the script for season 4 episode 10. Phew, hopefully that means the wait won't be too long then.
And we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but it looks like we might not have so long to wait for season 5 however; co-creator Justin Roiland confirmed in an interview with Polygon that the renewal deal would allow the team to reduce the gaps in between seasons and “keep the machine going”.
Rick and Morty season 4 trailers
There's a full trailer for Rick and Morty season 4, and it looks like we're in for a treat. It gives us a sneak peek of the new episodes, revealing a dramatic fight between Beth and Summer, Morty's battle with a mysterious disease, and the long-awaited return of Mr. Poopybutthole.
The first clip from season 4 appeared on the Adult Swim YouTube channel on July 19, and reveals that one episode will star an alien called Gloopie (voiced by Taika Waititi), who helps Jerry to launch an app.
You can watch the clip below:
What will happen in Rick and Morty season 4?
Rick and Morty’s storylines are so wild, it’s quite difficult to say where the second half of the next season will take us, but we can be fairly sure we’ll be seeing lots more adventures through space and time.
We've already seen a lot of action this season, including a fantastic parody on the heist genre, a laugh-out-loud episode about Death Crystals featuring Evil Morty and, of course, a lot of talk about shy pooping.
But there are a few images and teaser details that we haven't seen in the first half of the season yet:
Evil Morty's reign of terror
A teaser from the Rick and Morty Twitter account depicts rows upon rows of Mortys – one of which sports wires coming out of one eye, which fans of the show will know is an indication that this particular Morty is in fact, 'Evil Morty'. The caption reads 'Black and white and dread all over', suggesting that the villain could be back to continue his reign of terror across the universe.
Black and white and dread all over. @adultswim pic.twitter.com/b4ytmXpt6oSeptember 5, 2019
The return of the Vindicators
Remember the intergalactic crime-fighting Vindicators from season 3? Another still shared on Twitter shows Rick with aliens that look pretty similar to one of the team’s members, Crocubot, who was crushed to death as a result of Rick’s egomaniacal Saw-like game.
At the end of the episode, lead Vindicator Supernova goes mad with desire for revenge and tries to kill Rick and Morty before escaping – so we could be in for a final showdown between Rick and the cosmic heroine.
Inter-Dimensional Cable 3
One of the most loved aspects of the series is Interdimensional Cable – a plot point that first appeared in season 1, when Rick hijacks the family’s cable box so that it has access to TV channels from across multiple dimensions and universes.
As the family watches, we’re treated to the infinite possibilities of multiverse TV, including a crime show in a universe where people evolved from corn, and an advert for a restaurant that caters exclusively to people with tiny mouths.
According to an article by Inverse, the return of Inter-Dimensional Cable is all but confirmed, after Roiland shared an image of a recording booth on Instagram with the caption “Idc3 (maybe) @rickandmorty” – Idc3 could easily stand for Interdimensional Cable 3.
Rick and Morty season 4 confirmed guest stars
Since Rick and Morty's explosion in popularity, it's little wonder that celebrities are lining up to make guest appearances on the madcap sci-fi series. Here are some of the names confirmed to appear in Rick and Morty season 4:
Confirmation of the Thor: Ragnarok director's involvement in season 4 of Rick and Morty came as part of the clip released on the Adult Swim YouTube channel in July, which shows off Waititi's voice acting chops as an app-making alien called Gloopie. Now we've seen this episode, we have to say it was a great voice appearance from Waititi. Just remember: don't make an app with the intern.
Joining Waititi as a fellow member of Gloopie's species is Sam Neill, whose perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park (1993). In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Justin Roiland dispelled hopes that Neill would be riffing off his Jurassic Park role, saying only that his character is "from the same species as Taika’s character, and we wanted a Kiwi flavor to their species".
That's right; legendary actress Kathleen Turner will lend her sultry smoky voice to Rick and Morty season 4 in an as of now unknown role. It wouldn't be the first time Turner has been cartoonified – she provided the unmistakeable voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Another old hat at cartoon voice-acting, you may remember Matthew Broderick as the voice of Simba in the original Lion King (1994) – the adult Simba, that is. More recently, he appeared in the wildly popular animated Netflix series Bojack Horseman, playing the titular character's grandfather.
Liam Cunningham, AKA, Ser Davos Seaworth of Game of Thrones fame hasn't done much in the way of voice acting work – however, we can't wait to hear his lilting Irish tones in Rick and Morty season 4.
The US actor and producer who's best known for roles in Private Parts (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and Cinderella Man (2005), has also been confirmed for a role in Rick and Morty season 4 – what that will entail is still to be confirmed.
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Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.