Amazon has released the trailer for Season 5 of the hit SF show The Expanse, as well as confirming its release date: 16 December. In a change from previous seasons, The Expanse will be released on a weekly schedule following the success of Amazon experimenting with the format for the second season of another of its shows, The Boys.
Season 5 of The Expanse is based primarily on the fifth book in the novel series, Nemesis Games, although it appears it will also draw on the novella The Churn. After Season 4, which was primarily restricted to one colony planet, Season 5 will again be an epic space opera spanning the Solar system, focusing on the criminal activities of Marcos Inaros as he strikes a blow against Earth and Mars which he hopes will win him the support of all the Belters. As usual, the crew of the Rocinante are called in to help save the day, but this time run into problems when the crisis erupts when they are on shore leave and scattered across several worlds, and they have to fight their way back home.
Production of Season 5 of The Expanse was completed a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down TV and movie productions worldwide. However, controversy struck the show in June when actor Cas Anvar (who plays pilot Alex Kamal) was accused of improper conduct by multiple women. The production team and studio have been investigating these claims ever since, but have not yet announced how they will proceed. However, Anvar has been notably absent from the publicity for the show ever since.
The ninth and final Expanse book, Leviathan Falls, will be published in 2021.