Each new season of Adult Swim’s rick and morty is a big deal, and so is the upcoming sixth season. The future of sci-fi animated comedy has been set in stone for years – having a multi-season renewal offers a certain degree of safety, but there is still a degree of unpredictability to the series that is always worth talking about. But for series co-creator Justin Roiland, season six is a chance to right the ship in some ways.
With its September 4 release date announced earlier in the week, Roiland spoke with IGN about his goals with the new season that it will be “fuckin’ amazing” compared to season five. His feelings for last season are summed up in his chief producer J. Michael Mendel died in 2019 when the season was halfway through production. “Season 5 was weird,” admitted Roiland, saying it was “difficult” because of the loss of Mendel. “We were thrown for a loop. It was… yeah. If I talk any more, I’ll start crying.
Looking ahead, Roiland proposed that this season will see the show return to the beat of what it’s all about. “It really rewards the fans of the show who have watched so far… It really is a quality fucking season.” The season is said to be “a bit more canonical” for those invested in the series’ lore, but newcomers can still expect a handful of entry point episodes, should they find themselves just listening one random night.
Roiland still has a few busy years ahead of him. In addition to voicing Rick and Morty and producing the show, he does the same for Hulu’s solar opposites– which is getting a fourth season – and runs its own studio, Squanch Games. Squanch has released many games over the years, which they naturally provided voices for, and the next entry for the studio is Raised on life, a first-person shooter with talking guns coming out in October.
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