The Expanse season 5 trailer is officially released, confirming the show's December release date. Based on James S. A. Corey novel series of the same name, The Expanse follows an unlikely group of antiheroes, including UN Deputy Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and ship officer James Holden (Steven Strait), and his Rocinante crew, in the near future as they travel through an expansive human-colonized Solar System, coming across a dire conspiracy and mysterious technology that threaten to disturb the power dynamics within the system. The Expanse has received appreciation for its high-action, realistic, visually-stunning sci-fi narrative from both fans and critics, who are anxiously awaiting the show's next iteration.
The Expanse - which aired its first three seasons on Syfy, before being saved by Amazon following its cancellation on the original NBC-owned network - released its season 4 on December 16, 2019. In the show, James led his Rocinante crew to planet Ilus, in order to prevent the spread of a protomolecule infection there. Season 4 ended on a cliffhanger, with a dangerous asteroid heading towards Earth. Amazon Prime had already greenlit The Expanse for a fifth season in July 2019. The show commenced production on the new season in September 2019, and it was luckily able to wrap up filming in February 2020, before the outbreak of the lethal coronavirus pandemic in the US. The Expanse had recently announced that it would participate in the upcoming NYCC, and there it revealed some significant updates about season 5.
During its virtual New York Comic Con panel, Amazon Prime released the official trailer for The Expanse season 5, confirming the release date for the upcoming iteration.The Expanse season 5 will arrive on Amazon Prime Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Much like the case with The Boys, the first three episodes of season 5 will hit the streamer on the debut date, while the remaining seven episodes of the 10-episode season will release on a weekly basis across 240 territories across the globe.
As per the official synopsis, season 5 sees several humans leaving the Solar System seeking new lives beyond the alien ring. Meanwhile, the system awaits an impending catastrophe due to centuries of exploitation of the belt. In season 5, the Rocinante crew and the leaders of the Inner Planets and the Belt are faced by momentous intimate challenges that reflect on their past and present. Amos (Wes Chatham) returns to Earth to confront his past, whereas Naomi (Dominique Tipper) endeavors to reunite with her son to save him from his toxic father. Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Alex (Cas Anvar) pursue a sinister cabal that's causing Mars to fall. Holden (Steven Strait) probes into his past with the protomolecule, the aliens that invented it, and the reasons that led to their destruction. Drummer (Cara Gee), now with a new crew, seeks to find a new identity and Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), refusing to be put down, attempts to prevent an unprecedented terrorist attack.
It's clear from the trailer that The Expanse is gearing up for a jaw-dropping intergalactic battle in season 5. While the upcoming storylines pertaining to the main characters are all intriguing, its Keon Alexander's stunning performance as the charismatic Marco Inaros that hypes one up for the new season. As far as the release discipline is concerned, it is worthy to note that while The Boys did receive backlash for its schedule, the weekly timetable ultimately worked in favor of the show viewership-wise. With The Expanse season 5 not releasing all at once, fans will be able to savor each episode attentively, allowing for the critical underdog to deservedly be in the news for quite a while.