Amazon Prime has been dishing out the love during their round at the Television Critics Association's (TCA) summer press event, announcing on Saturday that popular sci-fi drama The Expanse had been picked up for a fifth season. For a show that was originally cancelled by SYFY in May 2018, the past year has been a strong one for the series since moving to the streaming service. Even more impressive? The season 5 pick-up comes nearly five months before the fourth season premieres, on Friday, December 13 – with new cast additions Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), Rosa Gilmore (The Other Two), Keon Alexander (Tyrant), and Jess Salgueiro (Saving Hope).
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But Amazon Prime doesn't want fans getting too ahead of themselves – so here's a look at the season 4 preview released with today's renewal announcement:
The disappearance of rich-girl-turned-political-activist Julie Mao links the lives of Ceres detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), accidental ship captain James Holden (Steven Strait) and U.N. politician Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo). Amidst political tension between Earth, Mars and the Belt, they unravel the single greatest conspiracy of all time.
Season 4 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.
The fourth season of The Expanse – and its first season as an international Amazon Original – is set to premiere on the streaming service on Friday, December 13.