'The Expanse' Season 6 on Amazon Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot

The Expanse may have only just finished airing on Amazon Prime Video, but the show has already been renewed for Season 6. However, the sixth season, which is expected to be released this year, is set to be the show's last according to Amazon, who have started to reveal hints about the upcoming installment's cast and plot.

When is The Expanse Season 6 out?

No official release date has been announced yet for The Expanse Season 6. However, the previous two seasons on Amazon Prime came out in December, so a likely release date is December 2021, when the final 10 episodes are expected to start airing weekly.

In November 2020, Deadline reported that filming was expected to start on January 20, 2021. This was then pushed back to January 27, with filming set to last until April.

In mid-January, director of photography Jeremy Benning posted a picture of his lanyard for The Expanse Season 6 with the caption "getting in the zone" on his Instagram story. This suggests that filming will be able to start very shortly if it has not done so already.

Who is in the cast of The Expanse Season 6?

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'The Expanse' has been confirmed for Season 6 by Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video

All but one of The Expanse main cast are expected to return for Season 6. This includes Steven Strait as James Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata, Wes Chatham as Amon Burton, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala, and Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper.

Leaving the cast will be Cas Anvar, who will not be returning as Alex Kamal after the actor has accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women who met Anvar at fan conventions. Though Anvar denied the claims, it was revealed he would not be returning to the show after an independent investigation was conducted.

This will be no surprise to viewers of the current season finale, who saw (spoiler alert) Alex die of a stroke after one high burn too many.

What will The Expanse Season 6 be about?

Thought The Expanse may be ending after Season 6, the show is based on a series of nine books, the first five of which has been the basis of a season apiece.

Season 6, therefore, will be based on the sixth of James SA Corey's books, Babylon's Ashes. Daniel Abraham, who is one half on the writing dup behind the Corey pen name, confirmed to Inverse, "the sixth season of the show is not going to include material from books 7, 8, and 9."

The synopsis for the sixth book gives fans an idea of what to expect from the new season. It reads: "A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

"The Free Navy—a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships—has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

"James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

"But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity."

Is there a trailer for The Expanse Season 6?

So far, there is no promo, and one is not expected until at least fall 2020—though fans may get a first glimpse of footage at San Diego Comic-Con in the summer if the event goes ahead this year.

Is Season 6 really the end of The Expanse?

Season 6 will be the last season of the show to air on Amazon Prime Video, but its creators have hinted there is more to come—especially as the show has already been brought back once before after being cancelled by SyFy.

For example, the other Expanse co-write Ty Franck has said to Polygon: "Alcon [Television Group]—our studio—is very committed to the IP. They have lots of plans. We'll see what happens after that."

Showrunner Naren Shankar, who will return for Season 6, told Entertainment Weekly: "What I will say is that there's definitely more to tell and I'm sure Ty and Daniel would say exactly the same thing. But yeah, that's probably about as much as I can say at this point."

The Expanse Season 6 is coming soon to Amazon Prime Video.