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The Expanse is a science fiction series based on a series of novels by James S. A. Corey (the pen name for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham). The show is set in the future when space travel is routine, allowing Earth to colonize the Solar System. Humanity splits into three major quarreling powers: the United Nations (Earth and Luna), the Martian Congressional Republic (MCR) on Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), consisting of the asteroid belt and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
The show ran for three seasons on the SyFy channel before being canceled. Amazon Prime Video picked it up for three additional seasons. According to the authors, they had planned for a six-season arc when they negotiated with Amazon. They have described the show as paused rather than canceled after season 6.
Since the show is based on a series of nine books, and the show so far has only adapted six of them (Leviathan Wakes to Babylon's Ashes), many fans are wondering if there will be more Expanse in the future.
Will The Expanse Get a Season 7? Why There May Be More to Come
Comments from those Involved in the Show
There are reasons to believe we haven't seen the end of The Expanse after season 6. There could be a season 7, 8, and 9, or the final books could be adapted as movies or miniseries. This is what author Ty Franck said about the possibility of the show continuing:
“We have what we think is a very natural pause point for the story after season 6. I think one of the things that is sort of an outmoded idea is the idea of being canceled. Alcon — our studio — is very committed to the IP. They have lots of plans. We’ll see what happens after that.”
-- Polygon.com, The Expanse authors say the show’s only on pause, not canceled, after season 6
Alcon Entertainment co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson have also suggested doing more with The Expanse:
“Once the show is done on Amazon and has aired for a handful of years, all the episodes come back and are part of our library. We own the underlying IP for interactive, graphic novels, continuing storytelling in features. … It’s such a rich world. We’re considering all kinds of interesting possibilities.”
-- Variety.com, ‘The Expanse’ Producers Reveal All About Fantasy Drama’s Epic Business Journey at Amazon, Syfy
'Once the show is done on Amazon' seems to suggest Alcon wants full control over the IP (Intellectual Property) before pursuing those 'interesting possibilities.'
Showrunner Naren Shankar also hinted at the possibility of further adaptations.
“You know, honestly, that would be more of a question for our studio, for Alcon. They control the property, but what I will say is that there's definitely more to tell and I'm sure Ty and Daniel would say exactly the same thing. But yeah, that's probably about as much as I can say at this point."
-- ew.com, The Expanse showrunner says door is open for more after season 6
Members of the cast have also been reluctant to say the show is over after season 6. This is a comment from Dominique Tipper who plays Naomi Nagata in the show.
“Look, this is the end of the TV show on Amazon. So, we'll just have to see what happens.”
The nine books in the Expanse series are divided into three trilogies. There are also several companion novellas. The final trilogy revolves around the planet Laconia. One of the companion novellas is Strange Dogs. Elements of Strange Dogs are being moved up to season 6 based on the teaser trailer. This has led to some confusion among fans of the series because it makes little sense to include anything related to the Laconia plot in season 6 if it really is the final season. Strange Dogs takes place between the events of the sixth and seventh novels. Including elements of this story may be evidence that the people behind The Expanse are serious about continuing the show.
The official Expanse season 6 trailer includes a character from Strange Dogs
The 30 Year Time Skip
Many fans are concerned that the 30-year time skip between the sixth book Babylon's Ashes and the seventh book Persepolis Rising means there won't be any more Expanse for several years until the cast ages enough to play their roles. Others have suggested they may have to be recast, something that wouldn't go over well with most fans. Author Ty Franck has said the time skip played no role in the decision to pause after season 6. In a tweet, Franck described handling the time skip as "fairly trivial."
Since the show is set in the distant future, major advances have been made in healthcare including regrowing limbs and curing cancer. In the world of The Expanse, anti-aging drugs slow the aging process. The average lifespan on Earth is 123 years and even longer on Mars. While the show follows the overall plots of the books, significant changes are often made, which means the time skip can easily be reduced.
Will the Cast Want to Return?
The major cast members for season 6 are Steven Strait (James Holden), Dominique Tipper (Naomi Nagata), Wes Chatham (Amos Burton), Frankie Adams (Roberta 'Bobbie' Draper), Nadine Nicole (Clarissa Mao), Cara Gee (Camina Drummer), and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Crisjen Avasarala). Some fans have expressed concerns that if the cast members become busy with other projects they may not want to return. This is a concern, but outside of major film and TV stars, most actors aren't overwhelmed with work. Considering that all the cast members seem to genuinely love the critically acclaimed show, they may be more than happy to return to finish the series.
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