"Rick and Morty" seems to have a solid grip, so to speak, on its collective fandom. Of course, what fandom wouldn’t enjoy a steady bout of adventure and entertainment when their favorite animated television show is on hiatus and a brand new season is in the works? Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are indisputable geniuses when it comes to marketing the massively popular series.

Decoding the sarcasm

Beloved fandom of "Rick and Morty," the time has come -- the edging, spine-chilling, jaw-dropping moment of satisfaction that comes with a brand new, nifty little "Rick and Morty" teaser.

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The teaser lasts less than 15 seconds, and it first aired on Adult Swim less than a week ago. The teaser, however small it may be, has left the collective fandom baffled and at a loss for words.

Aptly titled “This has no secret message," it is as satirical as it could possibly get. The mini-powerhouse of a teaser has fans scratching their heads, pulling their hair out, and pining for answers.

The video, at first glance, is a high contrast, two dimensional, pop artsy short that features characters running toward the screen. These characters include Cornvelious Daniel, Prince Nebulon, Krombopulous Michael, Rick Sanchez, and Morty Smith (in that order), finishing off with a robot with the Adult Swim insignia glowing in its head cavity. One can also see random objects moving in the opposite direction as the characters run toward the screen. These objects are bananas, hotdogs, avocados, eyeballs, and mushrooms, respectively.

Pretty simple, yes? Not really.

The fandom has gone nuts over this short, trying to decode it in every possible way. Some fans seem to find visual clues in the short, while others have slowed down the video and paid attention to the audio, trying to find if there is a hidden audio message. Nerds all over Reddit are still coming up with brand new explanations as to what the secret message might be. One fan suggested that the number of characters and objects being five and five indicates that the new season will air on May 5, 2019, while others seem to have reduced the pitch of the audio, claiming that they hear messages such as “Watch on June 30” and “The screen controls you.” While some of this seems viable, other theories are clearly outlandish. What seems like a more believable message is the one being discussed the most.

Twitter user Kevin Regamey (@regameyk) posted a tweet with his two cents on the short clip.

The tweet includes an external link to audio that has been slowed down. Upon hearing the clip, one can clearly hear the words ”Intro starts July Fourth” repeated three times.

Race against time

There isn’t much to speculate on in terms of what one can hear, as no matter how many times it is replayed, one is bound to hear the same thing. The real question, however, is whether or not we will get to watch the first episode of the brand new season on July 4, 2019. We’ll all have to wait to find out.