Ricky and Morty's third season is "epic," co-creator Dan Harmon said, promising a twist that no one will see coming.
Harmon, who was joined by co-creator Justin Roiland and writer Ryan Ridley at San Diego Comic-Con, said that the third season premiere will be a bit of a change for fans of the series and admitted it's the least accessible for newcomers. He added that, while he hates using the word "epic" because of how overused it is and how unrealistic those expectations can be, this new season was indeed, epic.
Season three picks up right where the last one ended, according to Harmon and Roiland. Rick takes the fall for his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), turning himself into the police in his stead. It's the first selfless act he's ever done, the creators said. When asked what Rick's imprisonment meant for the show, Roiland said he didn't want to reveal too much information.
"It's a really cool episode and I don't want to say too much about how we get back on track," Roiland said. "But the show is called Rick and Morty. Be assured it all gets resolved."
"I can't believe this person is saying the ridiculous things we wrote"
Fans have posted hundreds of theories about how Rick gets of prison since season two ended, and Ridley was quick to point out that absolutely none of the theories they've come across are close to what actually happens. Ridley wouldn't say if Rick gets out of jail or if the third season will take place behind closed bars the entire time, but argued that fans won't see the twist coming.
Aside from the big reveal that they keep teasing, the other topic the three wanted to talk about — as much as they could — was the guest stars they have this season. Harmon said that even now he couldn't believe the level of talent they managed to secure for the third season.
"I've truly had some moments this season of total intimidation and moments of, 'I can't believe this person is saying the ridiculous things we wrote,'" Harmon said.
Although they couldn't give any details on who the talent will be, Roiland said it's a list of high-caliber actors that have no reason to be working on a show like Rick and Morty. The conversation brought up the question about which actor or star they'd love to have on their show. For Roiland, the late David Bowie and Gary Coleman would have been his ideal options, but Harmon had a much more plausible choice.
"I kind of want to meet Vin Diesel, and I kind of want to have a conversation with him," Harmon said. "He's a big D&D fan, and I think he'd be great for the show."
Harmon and Roiland, self-proclaimed role-playing and board game fans, also took a minute to address the biggest craze at San Diego Comic-Con: Pokémon Go. When asked if they were playing, Harmon said he wasn't, but identified with Team Mystic. Roiland, however, said he was tinkering with it.
"I think I'm like a level six," Roiland said. "I'm playing as the red team. I'll probably play a lot more here, though."
Rick and Morty's third season still does not have a premiere date.