Rick and Morty is back for season three! Kind of! We promise this isn’t an April Fools’ prank, but it’s also kinda complicated!
Allow us to explain.
While it would’ve been more than understandable if you decided to spend April 1 well out of range of the internet’s expected onslaught of deceptive jokes, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim seized the opportunity to play a kind of reverse prank. Instead of teasing something fake, they actually aired the long-awaited third season premiere of Rick and Morty (“The Rickshank Rickdemption”), playing it on a loop from 8 pm to midnight on April Fools’ Day.
Happy to have confused the world today. Or at least North America.— Rick (((and Morty))) (@RickandMorty) April 2, 2017
This sudden return was, to say the least, a surprise — especially since Dan Harmon’s beloved, twisted cartoon has been off the air since its season two finale in October 2015.
You’re not totally out of luck if you missed the surprise premiere on April Fools’ Day and want to watch the episode (and are in North America to do so), because Cartoon Network will be airing the episode every night this week at 10 pm.
In the event that you can’t do such a thing and have to wait for the show’s scheduled return in the summer, we won’t spoil “The Rickshank Redemption” here. (If you can’t watch but still want to know what happened, you can check out Zack Handlen’s eleventh-hour review at The A.V. Club.)
But those of you who have seen the episode need to let us know if you or anyone else you know has a hookup for McDonald’s Mulan-era promotional Szechuan dipping sauce, please and thank you.
Updated to reflect when Cartoon Network will be re-airing the premiere.