The Expanse’s Sixth Season Will Be Its Last

The Rocinante will keep flying just a little longer: The Expanse has been renewed for a sixth season, but that season will bring the show to a close.

Season six will also go on without Cas Anvar, the actor who plays Alex, who was accused of sexual harassment and assault this summer.

Book six, Babylon’s Ashes, is a turning point in the series and therefore fitting to end on; the following book, Persepolis Rising, is set 30 years after the end of Babylon’s Ashes, which would make it a challenge to film with the current cast. We can, of course, dream of a separate series, but given that the show has already risen from the dead once… I’m not going to hold my breath. (But I will cross my fingers.)

The fifth season of The Expanse is set to arrive on December 16th, with the first three episodes available at premiere and the rest of the season released weekly. As the trailer makes pretty clear, season five will dig into the fifth book in the series, Nemesis Games, and the threat Marco Inaros aimed at Earth at the end of season four.

Earlier this year, Orbit announced the title of the final book in the Expanse seriesLeviathan Falls. There’s no release date yet, but it’s expected to appear sometime in 2021.

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