TV writers are usually working on the season that’s currently airing or, at most, the upcoming season. But Rick and Morty flouts convention left and right, and so, too, do its writers. The Rick and Morty writers’ room is now working on Season 7, before even Season 5 has debuted.
Writer Alex Reubens, who also put in time on Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon’s NBC show Community, revealed the news with a cheeky post to Twitter asking, “Am I allowed to say we started writing Rick and Morty Season 7? (if not we didn’t and I’m not).”
Way back in October 2020, Dan Harmon confirmed at Paleyfest NY that the writing team was “more on schedule than we’ve ever been,” with the team “very late into the process of writing Season 6.” At the same time, Harmon said he was reviewing animatics for Season 5 episodes.
Am I allowed to say we started writing Rick and Morty Season 7? (If not we didn’t and I’m not)
— Alex Rubens (@atrubens) February 20, 2021
“If we simply just keep writing in real time as fast as we can write…that puts us years ahead of the air date of the most recent episode. The last thing we’d want to do in an environment like that is have a plan. We are the plan because we are the future. We’re the guys who wrote the stuff that they’re now drawing, so we make a tremendous effort to stay in the moment and never box ourselves in,” Harmon said at the time. With the words for Rick and Morty Season 6 in the can, Harmon seems to be making good on this promise.
While the writers’ room is way ahead of schedule, neither Adult Swim nor Dan Harmon have revealed a premiere date for Rick and Morty Season 5 just yet. In the meantime, we can look forward to the new show Harmon has in the works for Fox, which will be set in ancient Greece.