When is Rick and Morty season 7 coming? What to expect

(R to L) Rick is grabbing Morty while he talks about Rick and Morty season 7
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We should expect Rick and Morty season 7 to arrive after a much shorter wait than some previous seasons. And in recent news, co-creator and lead voice actor Justin Roiland is out.

And while hunting Rick Prime may have destroyed our Rick in the past, it looks like Rick will have a better chance after this past season. That's what enough arguments with Morty and going to therapy will do to a mad scientist: he finally learns that you need to ask for help.

Unlike most upcoming seasons of television discussed by fans, there is a concrete inevitability for Rick and Morty season 7. In 2018, Adult Swim ordered 70 episodes of the series, which (given the show's current 10 episodes per season run) would bring the chaotic universe-surfing duo to the end of their 10th season. And, well, expect more than that. 

Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland said Rick and Morty could "run forever," before saying "I think we could easily run this thing into Season 20 if we wanted, if the network wanted and if the fans wanted." That, essentially, means that two things need to happen for more Rick and Morty beyond season 10. Good-enough ratings and continued interest from Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon. 

Oh, and the whole thing about the ratings? Well, considering that AdultSwim is under the Warner Bros. Discovery umbrella that's slashing everything near HBO, nobody's really sure about the metrics for survival anymore. That said, Rick and Morty is still massively popular, even if ratings have declined steadily. 

With those details out of the way, let's break down everything we know about Rick and Morty season 7!

Rick and Morty season 7 release date speculation

We expect Rick and Morty season 7 to arrive in 2023. We have more specific speculation, but that's the big news. This is because showrunner Dan Harmon told The Wrap last August that "we’ll be doing a season a year now." 

This turnaround schedule is the best news for fans and network AdultSwim, as we can all still remember the lengthy gaps between seasons 2 (ending in Oct. 2015) and 3 (starting April 2017), and seasons 3 (ending Oct. 2017) and 4 (starting Nov. 2019).

(L to R) Space Beth, Beth, Jerry, Rick giving gifts, Morty and Summer celebrating Christmas in Rick and Morty season 6 episode 10, the season finale.

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The gaps between seasons 4 and 5 (May 2020 to June 2021) and seasons 5 and 6 (Sept. 2021 to Sept. 2022) show that the team has been able to pick up the pace.

So, going by those ranges, and Harmon's suggestion of a new season every year, we'd say that Rick and Morty season 7 should arrive in December 2023.

Rick and Morty season 7 cast

As you may have read, co-creator Justin Roiland and Adult Swim parted ways following his domestic abuse charges

That will mean a huge shake-up for the cast, because Roiland voices a ton of characters, and most importantly Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith — as well as their other variants.

(L to R) Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, Summer and Space Beth are in a ship's cockpit in the Rick and Morty season 6 trailer

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And with Roiland out, we can only expect three returning voice actors:

  • Spencer Grammer as Summer Smith
  • Sarah Chalke as Beth Smith and Space Beth.
  • Chris Parnell as Jerry Smith

That said, we expect one other returning cast member. It would be weird if Rick and Morty's un-named president — dubbed The President — didn't come back. So, expect Keith David to return for the ride to judge Rick and Morty for their actions. 

Rick and Morty season 7 plot

Rick actually gave Morty a preview of "Rick and Morty season 7" — his own words — in the Rick and Morty season 6 finale. Manically, Rick rambled "Rick and Morty season seven. Hunting my nemesis. Maybe trying to stay healthy while doing it, juggling plates – not every episode, Morty, it could be all happening in the background. Who knows?"

Rick and Morty are podcasting in the Rick and Morty season 6 trailer

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And while Robot Rick died in that finale — sacrificing himself to save The President, we don't expect that will be the last robotic version of Mr. Sanchez. 

After The President walked out of Rick's garage with his body intact, though, Rick delivered the above ramble to Morty. The mission for season 7, is simple: catch Rick Prime, and bring him to justice for killing our Rick's Diane.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.