The Expanse may look a bit different with its move to Amazon for season 4. As showrunner Naren Shankar said in a statement, some of the nudity and language not permitted on Syfy will now be as open as the Ring gates now connecting our galaxy to 1,300 new inhabitable systems. It sounds like we may be finally getting some uncensored adult science fiction just as gritty and grounded as before.
Things have changed, not only because now that those 1,300 inhabitable systems are out there available for exploration it’s only natural that season 4, which will cover the fourth book in the series, Cibola Burn, will follow suit and go and explore one of them. The concept art above depicts a look at one of those worlds named Ilus. It follows, given human nature, we can expect the alien planet to become a bloody battleground with violent conflict taking place over new resources between independent settlers, and corporate security forces. All of it while attempting to deal with an alien technology that everyone is still struggling to understand.
Of course what fans of the series will want to know is whats happening with the show’s characters we have grown to know and love like Chrisjen Avasaraila, Draper and the rest and especially what effects the events immediately follow last season’s conclusion and the future hold for Holden, Naomi, Amos, and Alex, the crew of the Rocinante. If you don’t want to wait for the answers to those questions, I suggest reading the books.
Although the show’s narrative is no longer restricted to the solar system, going forward, the series will be dividing its time between both sides of the ring which means the series will not be abandoning Earth, Mars, and the Belt.
It sounds like, as a setting, Ilus is reminiscent, in some ways of a classic movie western, regarding being untamed, and in no small degree a rugged and lawless frontier (with some futuristic touches I’m sure). So, it makes sense that along with alien landscapes featuring new flora and fauna as part of the deal, it will get depicted as another familiar science fiction trope as a remote place.cut off from any semblance of human civilization.
Right now, there’s no word on when the show will return, but Cas Anvar (who plays Alex in The Expanse) revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 that shooting begins in September. There’s no reason The Expanse Season 4 shouldn’t arrive in early to mid-2019. We’ll update this as soon as we have official confirmation.