Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon recently addressed the topic of continuity and recurring bits in the popular Adult Swim show.
Roiland, Harmon and writer Ryan Ridley spoke at Comic-Con with Slashfilm and other publications about the "Interdimensional Cable" series within the series, and whether a third episode will be produced in season 3 or beyond.
"Possibly, yeah, we're figuring it out," Roiland said, of another such episode. "It's very rough on production. It's not an easy episode to make. We're introducing something amazing we can't say much about, but there's probably room for both ultimately. I'd be down to do it. The connective tissue has to be different and Ridley's got a really good pitch that [Harmon] hasn't heard yet so we're not going to talk about it here. It's spoiler alert territory."
Another fun recurring bit for many fans is the Meeseeks, the surprisingly devious blue creatures first introduced in season 1. The series did not do a proper follow-up episode centered on Meeseeks in season 2, and they have yet to get it right for season 3, either.
"Throughout the course of season three, we've had Meeseeks in two or three episodes and ultimately cut it," Roiland admitted. "It's just like a background. It's not really servicing something new. It feels too cutesy."
As for other recurring bits, Harmon name-dropped Keith David's President character as someone he'd like to bring back eventually.
"We still haven't done it yet but I definitely want to see another episode with Keith David's character as President because that was specifically designed to be a thing. That was another option for the show to do," he said. "It's definitely inspired by the 'Doctor Who' lieutenant who I remember in the Rick Baker years who was called back to Earth to help the British government with something in between traveling the cosmos."
Rick and Morty season 3 is expected to premiere at some point in 2016.