Beltalowda, we’ve got some bittersweet news for you. Amazon Studios announced that The Expanse has been renewed for a sixth and final season, according to Entertainment Weekly. The announcement comes hot on the heels of last week’s Season Five key art reveal and a slew of new images.
Now, this isn’t the first time The Expanse has suffered from the cancellation ax. The science-fiction drama based on the book series by James S.A. Corey ran for three seasons on Syfy prior to its move to Amazon Prime. Fans the world over rallied together with #SaveTheExpanse — a hashtag campaign that took the internet by storm. Amazon swooped in and brought the popular series over to their platform.
Deadline also reports that original cast member Cas Anvar will not return for the final season. Several sexual misconduct allegations came out against Anvar this past summer, which led to a subsequent investigation.
Co-head of television at Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders vowed that fans will receive “the satisfying conclusion to the series they deserve.” He told Variety:
We’d like to thank Naren [Shankar], Andrew [Kosove], Broderick [Johnson], everyone at Alcon and the entire cast and crew of The Expanse for the hard work and love they have put into the series over these past seasons. We’re very happy we can give the incredibly loyal and passionate fans of The Expanse the satisfying conclusion to the series that they deserve. We know they’ll love how Seasons Five and Six unfold.
While I do wish the show would cover the remaining books in the series, I’m content with The Expanse getting six seasons. Not all shows are granted that much airtime. This also gives The Powers That Be enough time to craft a satisfying, compelling ending for fans. Nevertheless, this one stings.
The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, Cara Gee, Frankie Adams, Nadine Nicole and Shohreh Aghdashloo. The first three episodes of Season Five will premiere Wednesday, December 16, only on Amazon Prime.
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