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The Expanse hits the gas for its last six episodes

Season six of Amazons The wide will only have six episodes, significantly shorter than the previous 10 or 13 episode runs, but it will still conclude the series with the adaptation of the sixth Expanse novel. Babylon’s ashes, and the novella Strange dogs.

“Six episodes to make that much material is tough,” said showrunner Naren Shankar during a New York Comic Con panel with members of the cast. “What it gives you is intensity. Every episode feels as intense as it could be. You never feel like you are taking your foot off the accelerator. In the end it feels cathartic. “

Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, who co-wrote the Expanse novels under the pen name James SA Corey, said the show still does its job justice, in part because material from the sixth book came out in season five.

“We had to write every script so that there was no fat in it,” said Franck. “There was no extra. We had to tell the story that we wanted to tell here. “

This story begins with the riot in the solar system and crew of the Rocinante after the devastating attacks on Earth by Belter leader Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander) and the death of ship pilot Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar).

“Morale is really low when we start season six,” said Steven Strait, who plays the Rocinante’s captain, James Holden. “The war has dragged on. There is a feeling that we have got nowhere. We didn’t break through in a way that made our efforts feel like they meant something. “

The crew is being put to the test by Clarissa Mao aka Peaches (Nadine Nicole), a violent criminal looking for redemption and brought on board by ship mechanic and muscular Amos Burton (Wes Chatham), who she is one of Kind kinship sees spirit.

“Amos has always sought those mentors who he believes will make moral decisions and guide him in life, but he has grown to become Peaches,” Chatham said. “Now that he has someone to look after him and guide her in some way, he’s starting to think about what her mission is. He believes in Holden wholeheartedly, but he begins to question what motivates Holden and why we are involved in these massive great movements in history. “

These questions will also lead to a re-examination of his relationship with Holden’s deputy and lover Naomi (Dominique Tipper), who suffers from PTSD after failing to convince her son Filip Inaros (Jasai Chase Owens) to give up his father’s extreme tactics.

“It was so juicy to play those scenes where Amos and Naomi just couldn’t get along,” Tipper said. “She beats everyone around her. You do that when you are devastated. “

Season six will continue the show’s focus on geopolitical intrigues with real parallels. United Nations chairman Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) will unite allies and former enemies against Marcos, while Belter captain Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) sees her family divided over her feelings for Marcos.

“When we look at the people on the show who come to power, be it Marcos or Avasarala, there is this violent colonialism,” Gee said. “’I will take this and make it what I want to be’ instead of appreciating the humanity of every human being in all factions across the universe. It’s an interesting study of power. ”

Shankar said he got emotional when he saw the final episode directed by Breck Eisner, which at almost 65 minutes will be nearly 50% longer than a typical episode.

The final season of The wide premieres on December 10th, with new episodes released weekly on Fridays.

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