The Expanse season 4 is happening. The series ended on Syfy at the end of its third season run, but Amazon made a deal with Alcon Entertainment, which produces The Expanse, to continue the series for a fourth season and perhaps beyond. The move is one that was hoped for and in many cases expected by fans and those within Alcon, but with Syfy not having access to the international or streaming rights for the show, the move makes all kinds of financial sense.

The Expanse season 4 plot

Season 4 of The Expanse will be taking more risks, it seems.

“We’re not restricted by time, we don’t have to bang on 47 minutes every episode, we don’t have to worry about commercial breaks,” said Cas Anvar aka Alex Kamal to Fandom Spotlite. “We don’t have the restrictions in terms of content: it’s darker, it’s sexier, it’s a little more gritty, it’s a little more real.”

Showrunner Naren Shankar is excited about the show relocating to Amazon, too:

“We’re in the second big movement in the books, a new chapter in humanity,” Shankar enthused, via Indiewire. “We’re no longer constrained in the solar system. It’s how humanity deals with this vast new frontier. It’s going to be more awesome. We no longer have the language restrictions. [We can] curse like a sailor. We don’t have the nudity restrictions… and the 4K and HDR will look amazing on Amazon. We’re no longer constrained by a 43-minute box. We can put some air into it, let things breathe a little bit more. So we’re excited to be on Amazon Prime.”

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Shankar also told EW that The Expanse season 4 would follow the events of Cibola Burn, book 4 in the James S.A. Corey series of novels. We’ll avoid spoilers here, but suffice it to say the opening of the gates in the season 3 finale will lead to new worlds to explore.

“We are going to tell that story in season 4, sure, but we’re not leaving Earth and Mars and the Belt behind,” Shankar says. “They’re part of the story, and both fans of the books and fans of the show are going to see something really interesting and new in season 4.”

But on to the most important question: will Shakar’s Twitter-famous pitbull appear in season 4 or nah?

“I’d be very much in favour of having pets in The Expanse. I’ll talk to my wife about having Margot on the show.”

The Expanse season 4 episodes

The Expanse season 4 will have ten episodes when it makes its debut on Amazon Prime Video, three fewer than in previous seasons, which should translate to a quicker pace for the action.

The Expanse season 3 filming

Production got underway on season 4 last October. The official Amazon Studios account tweeted a set pic from the first day of filming…

More as we have it.

The Expanse season 4 release date

We’ve no word yet on when Amazon plans to slot season 4 of The Expanse into its line-up, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

The Expanse season 4 rescue

“We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime,” Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a press release. “We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

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The news of the series’ cancellation came just before one of the most critically acclaimed episodes of the show to date, which featured a major turning point in the story. The Expanse has always been highly acclaimed, so its cancellation came as quite a shock to fans. Thankfully, that sad event is in our rear-view mirror now.

The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television,” says Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment after the cancellation. “Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

Given that The Expanse season three had a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and given how much source material remains from the James S.A. Corey novels that inspired the series, the cancellation decision no doubt left many scratching their heads, but now that The Expanse season 4 has landed safely at Amazon, the adventure can continue on the streaming service and in the hearts of fans everywhere.



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