Rick and Morty’s season five finale isn’t airing for a little while, despite its penultimate episode airing as scheduled in the US.
The eighth episode aired Sunday night (July 8) over in the States, but Rick and Morty won’t be delivering its hour-long finale until September, Collider is reporting.
After finally revealing the story behind Rick and Birdperson’s friendship, Rick and Morty will take a short break until returning to Adult Swim for its first double-length finale on September 5.
This is the first time fans have had to wait a month for a final episode, but it’s also the first time the irreverent sitcom has delivered a 60-minute episode, so y’know, swings and roundabouts.
Rick and Morty’s delay isn’t the only difference between the show’s current season and its predecessors, with showrunner Dan Harmon previously telling Digital Spy and other press about a shift in the series’ tempo.
Explaining the move to a more serialised approach to storytelling, Harmon said: “It’s really weird in animation because obviously Morty has to be 14 forever. Summer is 17 forever. Rick is whatever he is forever.
“So that question becomes like: do your characters grow and change? I’m firmly against that reset-button-hitting where there’s no awareness present. I look at it as like smoking meat versus cooking it. You kind of let the flavour of itself happen, and let that change things.”
Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim in the US, and on E4 and All 4 in the UK.