The Expanse Season 4 Release Date, Cast, Trailer & Plot

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Who is ready for a heavy burn as we approach the premiere of The Expanse Season 4? After Syfy made the mistake of canceling the acclaimed sci-fi series, a group of fans petitioned Amazon to bring The Expanse tv show back to life. Those same fans succeeded beyond our wildest expectations earning not only one additional season but a second

With Amazon footing the production costs. Expect sleek visuals and enough f-bombs to make even Chrisjen Avasarala blush. Well, maybe not. 

The Expanse is set during the future as humans have colonized the solar system thanks to the invention of the Epstein drive. The coalition of Earth and Mars has effectively split the colonies in the Belt, creating second class citizens known as ‘Belters.’ The tv show does a great job of exploring the shifting dynamics, but the series of books expand on the various factions.  

When Is The Expanse Season 4 Release Date?

Syfy canceled the series after three seasons leaving the show without a home. Thankfully for us, Jeff Bezos is a fan and Amazon picked it up after fans clamored for a home. The Expanse Season 4 is set to debut on Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019. That’s right hoss. We get to binge the best sci-fi show on television. Goodbye, December 13. 

Is There a Trailer for the Expanse Season 4

Oh yes. Comic-Con gave us a host of first looks for the new season of The Expanse. In a departure from the books, the initial trailer confirms it will split time between Ilus /New Terra and our current solar system of Earth and Mars. It’s a nice workaround to keep characters we love from the show active in the series. Bobbie and Avasarala were both absent from the Ilus storyline.  

Pure hype. You can see the influence of Amazon on the show with the visuals amped up to 11. Gone are the days of budget constraints at Syfy. 

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What is the Plot of the Expanse Season 4?

I won’t spoil the show, but season four draws heavily from Cibola Burns, the fourth novel in the series. As the trailer shows, it does diverge from the book in key areas. 

“The book Cibola takes place entirely on Ilus,” Naren Shankar (showrunner) said of a new planet discovered outside the solar system. “We are there for one complete novel. We are going to tell that story in Season 4, sure, but we’re not leaving Earth and Mars and the Belt behind.” 

Amazon released a synopsis of the season attached to the trailer:

Season 4 of The Expanse, its first as a global Amazon Original, begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars, and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long-dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians, and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.”

That’s all I’m volunteering in terms of plot. Book readers have a good idea of what’s to come, but why spoil it for the masses? 

Who is Returning to The Expanse Season 4 Cast?

All of our favorites are back with Thomas Jane as Joe Miller, Shohreh Asgdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala, Steve Strait as Jim Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata, Wes Chatam as Amos Burton, Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal, Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper, Shawn Doyle as Sadavir Errinwright, Chad L. Coleman as Col. Frederick Lucius Johnson, Florence Faivre as Julie Mao, Cara Gee as Camina Drummer, and David Strathairn as Klaes Ashford.

Who is Joining the Expanse Season 4 Cast?

A new planet equals new faces. Lyndie Greenwood will play Dr. Elvi Okoye; Burn Gorman is Adolphus Murty. Both Lily Gao and Rosa Gilmore have joined the cast in unspecified roles.

How to Watch The Expanse Seasons 1-3

When Amazon picked up the show, it also snapped up the rights to the first three seasons. I’d highly recommend watching them to understand the factions and the world-building the writers and actors have created. Think of it as Game of Thrones in space but without the horrible final season. 

You will need an Amazon Prime subscription to watch all the episodes. Circle December 13 for the best sci-fi has to offer on the small screen.

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