For those of you coming late to the party, "Rick and Morty" wrapped up season three last year with a not-so-subtle warning. The fanbase is quite disappointed with the message Mr. Poopybutthole left behind, saying it could be “quite a long time” until the next season arrives. For all we know, it could be an even longer wait than expected. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the American adult animated sci-fi sitcom is featured on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night program segment. Season three of the adventures of Rick Sanchez, the cynical mad scientist, and Morty Smith, his impressionable grandson, concluded on the 1st of October, 2017.

A long wait for 'Rick and Morty' mania

If you thought what Mr. Poopybutthole said made you feel glum, then Ryan Ridley is going to let you down further. The producer and writer of the hit series made an appearance on the Detroit Cast via Polygon and said he didn’t have any good news to share with the global fan base about the progress of season four. Ridley stated that the series’ writers hadn’t even started working on the upcoming season. The producer added that the writers have been taking their time and that he has never really understood why all the parties, namely Justin, Dan, and Adult Swim haven’t gotten “their s*** together." Ridley stated that the show should have been made at a faster pace.

Based on his knowledge of production time on the earlier seasons, Ryan Ridley indicated an estimate for the premiere of the fourth season. The well-known producer implied that season four could take until late 2019. If the season did premier earlier, then it would be a major shocker. Season three of "Rick and Morty" turned the series into a true cultural phenomenon that grew a wide fan base.

However, it definitely is unclear if the delay in the release of season four and the absence of new episodes will affect the popularity of the show.

Not the first for Adult Swim

It is to be noted that Cartoon Network’s late night programming segment, Adult Swim, has been known to have production delays in the past when it comes to animated series.

For instance, "The Venture Bros." show has had a severely slow production schedule, adding several years in between the premiere of every new season. As frustrating as it is for the fans, the only source of hope and comfort is the quality of the new season. The delays can be forgiven if "Rick and Morty" maintains its high level of creativity, originality, and humor.

Are you a fan of the series? What do you think about the delay?