Amazon Prime Video has released the first trailer for The Expanse season 5. In addition, it was announced that the show will premiere on Wednesday, December 16th. The announcement was made heading into the weekend, during the series' panel at New York Comic Con's Metaverse, which is now available to stream on the NYCC YouTube channel. The first three episodes of season five will premiere December 16th, with new episodes available each following Wednesday, culminating in an epic season finale on February 3rd, 2021.

The Expanse season 5 will consist of ten episodes, which will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime in more than 240 territories around the world. Season five of the series picks up as multitudes of humans leave the solar system in search of new homes and vast fortunes on the earth-like worlds beyond the alien Ring, and a heavy price for centuries of exploitation of the Belt finally comes due and a reckoning is at hand. For the crew of the Rocinante and the leaders of the Inner Planets and the Belt, the past and present converge, bringing forth personal challenges that have wide-reaching repercussions throughout the Solar System.

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The Expanse season 5 will also show Amos (Wes Chatham) as he returns to Earth to confront his past and the legacy of the life he fought to leave behind. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) reaches out to her estranged son in a desperate bid to save him from his father's toxic influence, while Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Alex (Cas Anvar) confront the collapse of Mars as they chase a shadowy cabal with ties to terrorists and criminals. Holden (Steven Strait) wrestles with the consequences of his own past with the Protomolecule, the aliens who built it, and the mystery of what killed them. Drummer (Cara Gee), with a new crew, fights to escape who and what she used to be. And Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be relegated to the sidelines, fights to prevent a terrorist attack unrivaled in history.

There's a lot going on in The Expanse season 5, which will all have to be tied together in 10 episodes. Luckily, fans of the hit Amazon series will be able to get a head start by being able to binge 3 episodes right off the bat, before going to one episode a week. From the looks of the first trailer and seeing where each character is at, fans are going to be in for a treat.

The Expanse is set in a colonized solar system and begins with the governments of Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt locked in long-standing conflict. The crew of the Rocinante - an illegally salvaged warship - stumbles on a vast conspiracy and a mysterious alien technology that threatens to upend the balance of power and the fate of humanity. The Expanse is a high-action, realistic sci-fi adventure that broadens the vision of humanity's path in the future as well as a deeply-felt examination of the most critical, raw, and pressing issues of today. You can check out the first season 5 trailer above, thanks to the Amazon Prime YouTube channel.

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