One of the shocking reveals with the primary trailer for the sixth and last season of “The Expanse” is that the brand new run will include solely six episodes.
The first 5 seasons on Amazon clocked in at both ten or 13 episodes every. The new run will adapt each the sixth novel “Babylon’s Ashes” and the novella “Strange Dogs”.
Doing so would require a certain quantity of compression, even with an extended 65-minute finale, and showrunner Naren Shankar admits to Polygon it’s an actual problem:
“Six episodes to do that a lot materials is tough. What it does offer you is depth. Every episode feels as intense because it might probably be. You by no means really feel such as you’re letting your foot off the gasoline pedal. By the time you get to the top, it feels cathartic.”
Ty Franck, who co-wrote the books with Daniel Abraham below the joint pen identify James S.A. Corey, confirmed some materials from the sixth e-book appeared within the fifth season and so the shorter run will nonetheless have the ability to do the sixth e-book justice:
“We needed to write each script so there was no fats in it. There was no additional. We needed to inform the story we had been right here to inform.”
The first e-book was tailored over 15 episodes, the second over 14, the third over simply 7, whereas the fourth and fifth scored 10 every. This suggests the ultimate season will contain pacing akin to the again half of season three which is taken into account arguably the most effective run of the sequence up to now.
The seventh by ninth books are all set three many years later and contain an entire new arc (Laconia) which received’t be tailored, thus making the occasions of the sixth e-book one thing of a pure endpoint for the TV sequence.
Franck final 12 months informed Polygon they’re optimistic and don’t see this as a finale however a ‘pause’ with manufacturing firm Alcon Entertainment “very dedicated to the IP” and “have plenty of plans” for the franchise.
The sixth season of “The Expanse” will premiere on December tenth with new episodes releasing weekly on Fridays by to January 14th.