James S.A. Corey – the authors behind the popular Expanse books – may know when season 5 of the hit show will be coming to Amazon Prime. But they aren’t telling us quite yet. On Twitter, the authors have addressed when the books will end – with the publication of the ninth novel next year. However it is possible that the show could continue beyond the ending of the books. And there is even potential for spin-off shows from The Expanse universe on Amazon Prime.
Let’s take a look at the recent tweets from James S.A. Corey and what it could mean for the future of The Expanse.
Warning: minor spoilers for The Expanse books to follow.
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The Expanse Series Could Continue Beyond The Books
When discussing the final book in the series coming up, the authors said that “It is our intention to end the novel series at that point, and always has been. What Alcon wants to do with the TV show is up to them.” Alcon is the production company in charge of The Expanse television series. They carried the show over from the Syfy channel after its cancellation to a new home on Amazon Prime.
The authors say that they do not have any current contracts for anything beyond the initial series adaptation. However they are open to spin-offs in The Expanse universe on Amazon Prime, but not prequels. “If there were future TV or Film projects that they wanted me to work on, I’d decide then if I liked the idea of the project enough to join,” Corey says.
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So if there were to be spin-off shows on Amazon Prime, what would that look like? Corey indicated that the 30-year time gap between books 6 and 7 could be enticing for new stories. But they warn against trying to draw from that timeframe, claiming that it would lead to boring stories.
“Everything in that gap is boring and the ending is rote because you know everyone has to be alive and in basically the same spot for the next books to happen.” Corey tweeted. “It means everything requires a big reset at the end. It’s why I hate prequels.”
When Will We See The Next Season of The Expanse?
Corey also indicated that they know when the next season of The Expanse will be hitting Amazon Prime. But they declined to give that information when pressed. Given that the fifth season finished filming well before the pandemic shut down production, it is highly likely that it will drop before the end of the year. Season 4 of The Expanse aired last December on Amazon Prime, so it seems likely that we can expect a winter date for the next season as well.
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However, season 5 of The Expanse might have some issues not only because of the ongoing production shut down, but also due to recent allegations of sexual misconduct against actor Cas Anvar. The actor plays the popular character of Alex Kamal in The Expanse. The Martian pilot is an essential part of the Rocinante crew. That means Anvar’s character cannot easily be killed off, as he is integral to future Expanse storylines. However it is possible that the character might be recast.
The Expanse has already recast one minor character in the show last season, with a new actor playing the role of Arjun Avasarala. However recasting such a major role would certainly be more noticeable. Many fans on social media are pushing for actor Naveen Andrews (Lost) or Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) to take over the role. Alcon Entertainment launched an independent investigation into the allegations last month, but no news has been forthcoming since the accusations first came to light.
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