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The Expanse officially picked up at Amazon for Season 4

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May 26, 2018, 9:23 AM EDT

Sometimes, it pays to have friends in high places. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a big fan of The Expanse, and Amazon Prime already has the streaming rights to the first two seasons of the acclaimed series. Now Bezos and Amazon may be giving the crew of the Rocinante a safe harbor for a fourth season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios has picked up The Expanse for Season 4, around two weeks after SYFY declined to renew the series. That decision was made due to dipping ratings and rights issues with the show.

The Expanse is based upon the novel series by James S.A. Corey, the pen name shared by collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The current season airing on SYFY is adapting the events of the third novel, Abaddon's Gate. Abraham and Franck have nine books planned in the series, which should leave a lot of material to explore in the future if Amazon sees fit to keep the ball rolling even further. Abraham and Franck also recently announced plans to create a new space opera novel series once The Expanse is finished.

The series would likely return in 2019 or 2020. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this story as it develops.

The Expanse Season 3 continues Wednesday nights on SYFY through June 27.