“The Expanse” has been renewed for a sixth and final season by Amazon Studios ahead of the sci-fi show’s fifth season premiere Dec. 16 on Prime Video, the streaming service revealed Tuesday.
Season 6 of the show, which aired its first three seasons on Syfy before being rescued by Amazon after cancellation, will star returning cast members Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper, Frankie Adams, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cara Gee and Wes Chatham, and be led by showrunner Naren Shankar. “The Expanse” actor Cas Anvar, who was the subject of sexual misconduct investigations over the summer, will not be included in the final season, but he is in the upcoming fifth.
Based on the books by James S.A. Corey (the pen name used by writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), “The Expanse” is 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, according to Amazon’s description. “When the crew of the Rocinante uncovers an ancient alien technology, a vast conspiracy begins to emerge, one that will bring the solar system to the brink of war. ‘The Expanse’ is a high-action, sci-fi adventure that explores the depth of humanity against the far-spanning reaches of the known universe. The series is rooted in science and fiction while remaining a thorough and thoughtful examination of some of the most vital societal issues of our day.”
“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,” Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, “The Expanse” executive producers and co-CEOs and co-founders of Alcon Television Group, said in a statement. “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 dedication and artistry of everyone who helps bring The Expanse to the screen is incredible,” Shankar added. “Our fans are awesome, and we cannot wait to get rolling on Season Six!”
“The Expanse” was developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who executive produce the series alongside Shankar, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Sharon Hall, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Hivemind, Abraham, Franck and Dan Nowak.
The series hails from Alcon Television Group.
“The Expanse” Season 5 launches Dec. 16 on Amazon Prime Video with three episodes. New episodes will continue to roll out weekly until the fifth season finale on Feb. 3, 2021.