The Expanse is set to end after the sixth season as Amazon Studios announces the end date for the popular sci-fi drama.
Set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system and the people of Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt have long been in opposition with one another, The Expanse is an action-packed, sci-fi adventure that explores the depth of humanity against the far-spanning reaches of the known universe. The Hugo Award-winning series has received an early renewal for its sixth and final season three weeks before the debut of season five on Prime Video across 240 countries and territories.
While original cast member and series star Cas Anvar – who faced a slew of sexual misconduct allegations over the summer – will not be returning for the last season, the rest of the cast will reprise their roles with Steven Strait at the helm alongside long-time Expanse showrunner Naren Shankar.
The Expanse – which is produced by Alcon – is based on James S.A. Corey’s best-selling novels and was originally picked up by Syfy, where it aired for three seasons until its cancellation in 2018. However, an enthusiastic Save Our Show campaign from the show’s massive fanbase helped seal the deal at Amazon where the fourth season was released globally.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-CEOs and co-founders of Alcon Television Group and executive producers of the show said:
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.”
Developed and scripted by Oscar-nominated Children of Men writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who also co-executive produce with Shankar, Kosove, Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Dan Nowak, The Expanse slated to begin the production of its sixth season in January.
The fifth season of The Expanse will premiere on December 16 with three episodes, following which one new episode will be released weekly until February 3. What are your thoughts on the renewal of the show and the sixth being the final season? Comment below!