Breaking Down The Dark, Fervent Madness Of The ‘Rick And Morty’ Season Three Trailer

After months or speculation, rumors of behind-the-scenes turmoil, a surprise April Fool’s episode, and a dang cross-country tour, Rick and Morty co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland blessedly answered fan prayers by announcing the official season three premiere date in a live-stream on Thursday night. In tandem with the announcement, Adult Swim also finally dropped the highly anticipated trailer for season three, in which Rick more or less confirms fan expectations for the upcoming season by telling Morty: “Welcome to the darkest year of our adventures.”

Yep, shit is about to get dark — not that the animated series is exactly warm and fuzzy otherwise, and going by what we’ve seen in the trailer we’re in for a literal roller-coaster ride this season. But while we eagerly await the premiere in just four short weeks, in the meantime we can do what nerds do best by methodically picking apart the trailer for any and all revelations to be found there, while refusing to answer a literal call to adventure.

Pickle Rick!

For reasons that will eventually become apparent, Rick turns himself into a pickle, effectively making “Pickle Rick!” this season’s “Tiny Rick!” Also, at some point in the episode Pickle Rick builds himself limbs out of what appear to be rat parts while combating rats and some sort of top secret government agencies? Sounds like business as usual.

Also this cat/rat thing that jumps out of a toilet may or may not be related:

Morty has a giant arm now

I think we can all guess where this is headed.

Glowing green doppelgangers?

In at least one episode, Rick and Morty (as well as possibly others) will be facing off against glowing green versions of themselves, presumably not from another dimension but from whatever glowing green thing we keep seeing in the trailer is.

Rick and Morty goes Mad Max

This seems self explanatory, but Rick, Morty, and Summer will find their way into a world that — for all intents and purposes — seems to be based on the Mad Max universe. Which brings us to…

It’s going to be the season of Summer

As we’ve known since season one’s “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” Summer is best when she’s pulled into Rick and Morty’s adventures, and it looks as if she’s going to be fully drawn into the action this season, between full-on breaking bad by killing an alien in the Mad Max universe in cold blood, helping battle the Gromflomites with a jacked up version of herself, and getting Honey-I-Blew-Up-the-Kidded by Beth.

“Mind your own goddamn business Gene!”

Honestly, poor Gene. He really seems like he only has the best of intentions. (Update: also apparently voiced by Tom Kenny, according to Justin Roiland’s live-stream.)

Season three of Rick and Morty premieres Sunday, July 30 at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim.