The American Science fiction series The Expanse will be back for yet another season this year. The Expanse had its fourth season last year on December 12, 2019. Amazon Prime had announced plans for a fifth season long before the fourth came out. Originally the series came out through the Syfy network from 2015. But they canceled the show after the third season. And after a fan uproar, Amazon Prime took up the show.
The Expanse came out with its first season on December 14, 2015. And since then, there have been three more seasons. The first season when it came out, opened to generally favorable reviews. The first season managed a 77% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and 65% from Metacritic. Since then, there was no turning back. The second season came out in 2017 and third in 2018. Both of them turned to be acclaimed both by critics and fans. The ratings hovered up to 95% and then to even 100% after the third season. Critics showered praises on it for the outstanding making and the plotline, which dealt with a futuristic political arena. The way in which each character developed was also widely appreciated.
In spite of this amazing reception, Syfy canceled the series. And what followed was a mass online campaign by the fans to bring the series back. Thanks to that, Amazon Prime swooped in and took it on. They released the fourth season last December and followed the same excellent reception as with the rest. On July 27, 2019, they had announced their plans for a fifth season. The reception the fourth season got encouraged them to go ahead.
So, have no doubts about whether the series will return. The Expanse season 5 will be back soon. The fifth season will be based on the fifth book in James Correy’s The Expanse novel series. So, for those who have read the book, it’s not going to be much of a surprise. The novel series has nine books in its series. And the ninth and the final book is set to come out in 2020. So, season 5 won’t be the end of the series; we may be looking at maybe four or even seasons. But, none of it’s confirmed until they make it official.
Amazon hasn’t announced an exact release date yet. There haven’t been any teasers or trailers yet. But based on the usual pattern of a year’s gap between every season, we guess it could be here by December 2020. There might be a bit of a delay due to the ongoing pandemic. So, the season will be here by February 2021 at the latest. So, until then, we would have no option other than to keep waiting for the InterPlanetary political wars.