Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is the stuff of legends. After only two seasons on the air, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s science fiction cartoon has already carved out its place as one of the most iconic animated series in recent memory. The wait for the show’s third season has become equally legendary, only for how long we’ve had to wait for new episodes, and Adult Swim‘s latest teaser for the long awaited batch of episodes is a quintessentially rickdiculous rickroll. Check out the “exclusive Season 3 opening scene” below to see for yourself.
Were you hoping for the real opening scene of Season 3? Yeah, we were too. Adult Swim Australia released that video under the guise of a sneak peek at Rick and Morty‘s third season, but the actual video turned out to be something much more mischievous. Taking clips from the prior two seasons of the show, the “opening scene” is just a compilation of Rick and Morty lines that perfectly match up to the lyrics of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
To give credit where credit is due, this is still a hilarious video; it is just not what we were expecting when we first saw this clip debut online. Rick and Morty has generally never shown any fear about leaning headfirst into meta humor, and this scene captures that idea perfectly. Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland and the network clearly understand that fans have started to lose their collective cool over the wait for Season 3, and they have absolutely no qualms with messing with us. That said, the fans seem to have embraced the joke, as one particular YouTube commenter even pointed out that such a prank is referred to as a “dick move” in bird culture. RIP, Birdperson.
Of course, Adult Swim clearly never plays any situations like this straight, and Adult Swim Australia subsequently commented on the video apologizing to Rick and Morty fans for the technical issues associated with the video. The apology reads:
Our sincerest apologies, there appears to have been a technical issue with our editing program we will attend to this as quickly as possible.
Dear Adult Swim, as funny as this is, it is definitely not helping us get through the wait for the next season of Rick and Morty. I like a good, old-fashioned Rick Roll as much as the next person, but we literally have not seen any canon new footage since the Season 2 finale, “The Wedding Squanchers,” debuted on October 4, 2015. We need more Rick and Morty, and we need it soon before we go crazy.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates related to the third season of Rick and Morty as more details about the highly anticipated season of the beloved series become available to us. For now, make sure to take a look at our midseason premiere guide for more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts!