The Expanse boss talks show's future following cancellation

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The Expanse boss Naren Shankar has opened up about the future of the acclaimed sci-fi show following its sixth – and supposedly final – season.

Based on James S A Corey's nine-book novel series by the same name, the drama takes place hundreds of years into the future, where humans have colonised the solar system and a war is brewing between Earth and military-occupied Mars.

Thomas Jane initially fronted the outing before Steven Strait's James Holden took over, with Cas Anvar's Alex Kamal, Dominique Tipper's Naomi Nagata and Wes Chatham's Amos Burton.

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The first three instalments aired on SyFy, but the US broadcaster axed it in 2018.

Following a passionate renewal campaign from viewers and celebrity fans such as Wil Wheaton, Patton Oswalt and George RR Martin, though, Amazon Prime Video swooped in, saved the day, and wound up commissioning three more chapters – and knowing that The Expanse has been resurrected before has led some enthusiastic audience members to believe that this won't be the last we'll see of it...

"This has been such a delightful experience. We love the show and we love making the show," showrunner Shankar told Entertainment Weekly when asked whether there's a chance of bringing it back for a third time.

"Right now, the future really lies with Alcon Television, which is the studio that makes the show, and Amazon, if there is in some form, an appetite for more.

Photo credit: SyFy
Photo credit: SyFy

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"I think from the standpoint of just the pure creative, I think what we tried to do at least was come to a satisfying conclusion of a huge chunk of the story while leaving the door open for more if the appetite and the desire is there," he said.

It seems worth noting here that season six mostly covered events in Corey's sixth book Babylon's Ashes, and that there are three more published after that which continue to explore the same universe 30 years on.

"I'm certainly not betraying any confidence to say that [producers] Ty [Franck], Daniel [Abraham] and I – speaking for ourselves – would love to do it. It would be a remarkable thing to complete the whole book series that way. And I certainly hope we get to do it," he added.

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