With overwhelming positive reception from both viewers and critics, it’s no surprise that The Expanse season 3 has become a reality. The space drama has wowed fans with its complex characters, its political intrigue, its attention to scientific authenticity, and its stunningly excellent visual effects. The good news is with several more books in the series that inspired the show, and there’s plenty more source material for the adaptation to explore in future seasons.
In casting news for the upcoming season, those who enjoyed Defiance on Syfy will be glad to hear that Anna Hopkins (Berlin on that show) will be joining the cast of The Expanse season 3 in a recurring role. She will play the Earth journalist, Monica, a character quite familiar to readers of the James S.A. Corey novels. Hopkins will show up midway through the season to document how Holden runs the Rocinante and her crew.
Also, Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell will be in a recurring role in The Expanse season 3. Although the character’s name is under wraps, her role gets described as someone who “brings a new, spiritual perspective to the series.” For those who have read the James S.A. Corey novels, this could mean the appearance of Pastor Anna, who features in both Abbadon’s Gate and Babylon’s Ashes.
Also announced was that David Strathairn of The Blacklist and Alphas would be appearing in The Expanse season 3 in a significant recurring role. The producers are playing it close to the vest with any description for the character, but with such a recognizable name, Strathairn is almost sure to be a highlight of the new season as well. For better or worse, the show’s producers seem to feel the need to bring in some big guns regarding acting talent.
What should we expect from the Protomolecule in season 3?
There can be little doubt the Protomolecule has been evolving by leaps and bounds. With the emergence of the Hybrids, the show has created a situation that is implicit with enormous repercussions stemming from their creation. It’s a cross between Frankenstein’s monster and the Incredible Hulk that elevated the series narrative into remarkably excellent and fantastic science fiction. There’s no knowing how many of these things are out there and we still don’t fully grasp the limits of what they are capable of doing.
Another significant moment was when the ship exploring Venus was suddenly disassembled into its multiple parts and suspended in space and time. I suspect this represented the Protomolecule analyzing the vessel in preparation for creating its version of a similar craft. It boggles the mind to think what a Protomolcule ship would be capable of accomplishing. Instead of hitching a ride on the nearest convenient object which it has already demonstrated an ability to control, having a ship would allow it to travel freely anywhere it chose.
While it still isn’t official yet, we expect The Expanse season 3 will arrive in early 2018. We’ll update this when we have confirmation.
The Expanse tells the story of a colonized solar system 200 years in the future when two strangers and their colleagues become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey), The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams.
Season 2 has just broken into material from the second of six Corey books, Caliban’s War. Although The Expanse has been remarkably faithful to the novels, there have been plenty of changes that keep even the readers guessing. We expect that to continue in The Expanse Season 3.