Since premiering in 2015, The Expanse has taken viewers across the galaxy along with the crew of the Rocinante. Although it was originally cancelled at SyFy after just three seasons, The Expanse was saved by Amazon in 2018, due in part to the large-scale #SaveTheExpanse fan movement, with a petition that garnered over 138,000 signatures. That fan attention undoubtedly inspired Amazon and Jeff Bezos, who is a huge fan, to make the final decision to save the show. Since that initial surprise announcement that the show would continue under Amazon's purview for Season 4, The Expanse has been renewed another two times, with the sixth and final season announced just ahead of the Season 5 premiere.
CinemaBlend was recently invited to interview the cast and creators behind The Expanse before the latest season hit Amazon on December 16th, 2020. I virtually chatted with several of the stars who have been around since the beginning in order to get their thoughts on the show finally coming to an end after six seasons. Steven Strait, who plays the Rocinante captain and protomolocule conduit James Holden, had this to say:
Strait, who has been a part of the show from the beginning, is also a big fan of the novels that The Expanse is based on, and Season 5 will reportedly cover the events of the fifth book, Nemesis Games. There's a pretty significant time jump that occurs at the end of Book 6, Babylon's Ashes, so it will be interesting to see how the show will handle the final season's storyline.
Executive producer Ty Franck, who is also a co-creator and co-author of the novels, didn't mention the time jump specifically, but he did allude to a natural break in the narrative. In his words:
According to Franck, the show won't have an abrupt ending, which definitely almost happened back in Season 3. Franck also teased that Season 6 may not be the actual end for The Expanse and the crew of the Rocinante. Nothing appears to be in the cards yet, but it sounds like the production company is eager to keep the story going if someone is willing to see it through.
Meanwhile, Ty Franck's fellow executive producer, co-creator and co-author David Abraham is happy that fans will be able to see The Expanse's natural ending in action. And while he doesn't talk about the show possibly continuing, he does appreciate that this is far better an end-point than those from previous years.
While it looks like the cast and crew will be largely satisfied with The Expanse coming an end after Season 6, there are some who believe the sixth season will not be the last. For example, star Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Earth's political maestro Chrisjen Avasarala, had this to say:
While there haven't been any noteworthy updates about The Expanse's future on a new network or streaming service, there seems to be a growing sentiment among those working on the show that perhaps we really aren't finished with the space-faring adventures quite yet. Wes Chatham, who plays the wise-cracking muscle of the Roci, Amos Burton, echoed Aghdashloo and Franck's optimism for the show living on after Season 6:
To me, that sounds like there may be some other project related to The Expanse that's being developed in some sense. Would it require a move to another network to make an eventual Season 7 happen? Or perhaps a new project would usher in a completely different story set in the same universe. Maybe we will see a full-length movie set after the time jump? Only time will tell if we will be seeing the crew of the Rocinante after Season 6, but it sounds like there is a healthy dose of optimism being shared by the folks behind the show.
Fortunately, there's plenty of time to hash out the future of The Expanse, since there are still a bunch of Season 5 episodes left to debut. If you need a quick refresher on the series before diving back in, check out these six quick things we know about Season 5. If you are all caught up, you can catch new Season 5 episodes on Amazon Prime on Wednesday, December 16th. After that, new episodes will air every Wednesday until the finale on February 3rd, 2021. Be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for the latest news, interviews and more on The Expanse.
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