Dan explained on Twitter just now what happened with season 3 and why it took so long to write
The twitter thread starts here.
These are his tweets copied exactly as he wrote them.
A hungover thread where I address Rick and Morty devotees because I feel bad for any fan worrying about any show-threatening issue:
Justin and I are very regretful about the season taking way too long. I want to explain “what happened” because it’s way less dramatic
Than you might ever imagine. Post internet TV audiences are so used to finding out there’s an intriguing/confusing/intense reason 4 delays
And Christ knows if you’ve ever seen MY name on the internet I’ve only got myself to blame for an association with intrigue/confusion/drama
But the truth in this case is so very boring. I will put it to you as objectively as I can, though we aren’t talking about an auto plant
The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1.
It’s a common yet odd phenomenon. Tail-chasing, perfectionism, overthinking? One prob is that any description you pick for it
Is going to have a falseness. If I say “we overthought” someone else could say “well, no, we thought the right amount,” it’s like talking
About religion or something. It feels I think, to writers, sacreligious and ineffective to open the creative process and poke and label.
But don’t worry about the content, because, the reason overthought slows you down is, you just do way more versions of stuff than needed.
You usually end up back where you started. So as far as I can tell, although I’m too close to it, it’s just another good season of RAM
That took way too fucking long to write because it just seems like the same stuff that took way less time to write. That’s it. Boring answer
As I speak, more articles are coming out about me and Justin fighting. Because it’s a less boring reason for a season to take long,
And because I’m Dan Harmon, so it’s a smart fucking first guess, it just happens to be hilariously not true even in the slightest.
If you do know of me at all you know that if Justin and I HAD ever fought, not only wouldn’t we be able to keep it secret,
We’d be all too eager to share it with you.
Also, that’s not what would make the show slow down! Fighting probably would have been a good idea, it might have sped us up.
So that’s it. I shouldn’t have started a thread when i need to pack for airport, but that’s it. We took too long writing. Totes regrets.
And we look back and we talk to each other about how we can avoid it happening again and I’m pretty sure the reason it won’t is cuz
It happened. That’s how it works. You do something you don’t know you’re doing and then you’re like oh I did that and then you do otherwise
I don’t know if any danger to the show itself that comes from you believing justin and I are fighting and the show is gone forever, BUT
Like I said it breaks my heart to think of some kid reading one of these clickbait pieces after all the energy that kid has put into fandom.
The show by my metric, which is people seeing my tee shirts and saying “I love that show” has like the craziest reach of anything I’ve been
A part of. So..it makes sense that when you take something that loved and delay it this long and let the internet simmer, you get this stuff
And we’re flattered by it and thankful to you and can’t wait for you to see S3 and also JUSTIN IS A PIECE OF SHIT I’M GOING TO FIST FIGHT
End of threaddddddd so hungover
As anyone that listens to Harmontown regularly can tell you, what he said about being “eager to share it” if him and Justin were actually fighting is 100% accurate.
And just to make it clear since some people apparently think they’re STILL writing the season:
The writing was done a while ago, the animators are finishing up the season and it’s up to Adult Swim when it premieres exactly.
SO STOP TELLING DAN AND JUSTIN TO “FUCKING FINISH THE SEASON!”
And calling THEM “childish” then telling them to “fuck off to another industry” says a lot about YOU, Reddit jackass.
That is all.