All good things must come to an end, and such is the case with The Expanse. Amazon has handed out an early season 6 renewal for the beloved sci-fi series, which is the good news. The bad news is that it will be the show's final season. But it does mean that the show's creators have plenty of time to plan a proper ending for the show.
The renewal comes ahead of The Expanse season 5 premiere this December. Actor Cas Anvar, who faced sexual misconduct allegations recently, will not be returning. The rest of the main cast, as well as showrunner Naren Shankar, will return. Season 6 is expected to begin filming in January. Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, executive producers of the series, had this to say.
"From the moment we committed to bringing this show to life up until this final season, we have worked tirelessly to honor the vision of the writers. We have prided ourselves on having one of the most diverse casts on television and giving a platform to stories that matter. A special thanks to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, the writers of both the books and series, and to Naren Shankar, the series showrunner and executive producer. It continues to be an honor and privilege to work with this team. We also would like to thank Amazon for their continuing support to help us tell this story in its fullest and to bring The Expanse to a global audience."
The Expanse originally aired on SyFy before being canceled by the network after three seasons. The show's passionate fanbase managed to make enough noise online to save it, with Amazon stepping in to produce season 4, which debuted in December 2019. Naren Shankar had this to say.
"The dedication and artistry of everyone who helps bring The Expanse to the screen is incredible. Our fans are awesome, and we cannot wait to get rolling on Season 6."
The series is based on the series of novels by author James S.A. Corey. The show takes place in the future after humans have colonized space. As political tensions between Earth, Mars and "the Belt" arise the greatest conspiracy of all time is uncovered. Season 5 sees the crew of the Rocinante In different parts of the Solar System. Their allies confront the sins of their past, while Marco Inaros unleashes an attack that will alter the future for, not only Earth, Mars, and the Belt, but worlds beyond the Ring as well.
Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams star in the show. There is no indication yet as to how many episodes The Expanse season 6 will consist of, nor is it clear when fans can expect to see it. But Amazon has been going with a December release for the show up to this point. With filming set to begin in early 2021, that is very much in the cards. This news comes to us via Deadline.