Energy blasts, protomolecules, and, of course, the Ring gates. That was a crazy finale of The Expanse, which means fans are likely now doubly excited that the space drama got picked up over at Amazon for the foreseeable future. Things are just too intense to end now. But what can fans expect from the sci-fi epic’s fourth season?
In an interview with EW, showrunner Naren Shankar spoke about what comes next.
****This story contains spoilers for The Expanse****
So, getting into details about the finale, when James Holden passes through the Ring, there’s a burst of energy. There were plenty of visions and premonitions, but nothing really like this. Shankar explains that “there is something inside that Ring space, in places between the Ring gates, that’s gonna come into play at some point as the series goes on.” Something ominous, obviously. And Season 4 (aside from exploring the mystery of the protomolecule and its creators) is going to revel in that newfound uneasiness by letting everyone profit off everything that comes with it.
“One of the things that seems pretty clear,” Shankar said, “it’s going to be another blood-soaked gold rush. That’s about to happen, because you’ve got an entire species and several societies that have defined themselves on the fact that the solar system is all they’ve got, that those resources are what they have.” But these finite limitations have now... expanded.
“It’s like the discovery of the New World — suddenly there’s land, there’s resources, there’s the potential of making incredible fortunes right there,” Shankar said. “What’s going to happen? Well, readers of the book know that these are things that destabilize societies, and that’s what you are going to see the beginnings of in Season 4.” While book readers may assume the next season will take place entirely on Cibola Burn’s setting of Ilus, Shankar confirms that while Ilus will have its story told in Season 4, the show won’t be “leaving Earth and Mars and the Belt behind.”
Shankar also teases new environs with regard to developing the next season’s characters. Bobbie, for example, will have her story incorporate some of the series’ novellas while she goes... somewhere. “We’ve never been to Mars, really. We’ve never been to the planet Mars in the course of the series. I’ll leave it at that,” Shankar said. Avasarala will be back with a storyline “on Earth and other places as well.” All this -- and variable-length episodes thanks to the freedom of the Amazon streaming service -- is coming at light speed for Expanse fans.