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Watch the first trailer for The Expanse season 6, arriving December 10th

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The beloved, intriguingly political, and mysterious sci-fi show The Expanse’s final season on Amazon is nigh. Season 6 is coming December 10th, and the company just dropped the final trailer at New York Comic Con and on YouTube (you can watch it immediately above). It’ll run for just six episodes, airing each Friday on Amazon Prime Video and ending on January 14th, 2022.

If you’ve been devoutly following The Expanse, you know things are bad in the universe of the show. Earth’s on fire, beloved characters have died, and a mass murderer is gaining an awful lot of support.

Here’s how Amazon describes season 6:

How can Amazon possibly wind up the show in just six episodes? (A colleague points out to me that the books dedicate three entire novels to exploring this current story arc in the show.) Well, my hope is that Amazon won’t exactly tie it up with a bow. While the company did save the show in 2018 after it got canceled by SyFy, showrunner Naren Shankar and actress Dominique Tipper (who plays Naomi) both hinted to Entertainment Weekly that there could be life after Amazon, too.

Perhaps Netflix, Hulu, or even Apple TV Plus (remember, Apple snapped up Foundation, a show based on seminal sci-fi work) might step in?

When Collider interviewed the show’s producers (who are also the books’ authors, by the way) back in February, it sounded like they were going to leave room for more:

There’s a shadow hanging over the series now, though, one that might make it less attractive to acquire: The Expanse’s showrunners wrote Cas Anvar’s character (Rocinante pilot Alex Kamal) off the show entirely after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by many women.

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