‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Finally Gets Premiere Date Almost 2 Years After Cliffhanger

Adult Swim to start airing new episodes on July 30

It’s been almost two years since the massive “Rick and Morty” Season 2 cliffhanger and Thursday night, we finally got not only a Season 3 premiere date  — but a trailer too.

New episodes of the cartoon will begin airing July 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET on Cartoon Network’s adult programming block Adult Swim.

“Welcome to the darkest year of our adventures,” Rick tells Morty in the trailer. This is quite a statement considering how the show has always been realistically dark, despite its outrageous subject matter.

Fans have been waiting nearly two years to see the continuing adventures of genius, often drunk and literally mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty. “Rick and Morty” Season 2 ended on a massive cliffhanger, where Rick gets sentenced to prison and his family and world are left in shambles.

An epilogue promised fans a new season in a “year and a half, maybe longer,” but as the months ticked along, creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland were silent.

A comment made by Harmon at TCA in January led people to believe there was fighting between the two creators, which was causing the delay. However, Harmon took to Twitter last week to explain why “Rick and Morty” was taking so long. Basically, writing a critically-acclaimed animated series is hard.

“As I speak, more articles are coming out about me and Justin fighting,” he wrote. “Because it’s a less boring reason for a season to take long, And because I’m Dan Harmon, so it’s a smart f—ing 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.”

Fans, luckily, got a surprise this April Fools Day when the first episode of Season 3 premiered. Now we just have to wait for the rest of it.

Watch the full trailer above.