The Expanse is not going to be one-and-done over at Amazon, and they know this prior to season 4 even premiering.
While at the streaming service’s TCA Summer Press Tour event today, a season 5 renewal was officially confirmed — which is a tremendous show of faith and then some. This is Amazon deciding that they don’t even need to see the viewership for the show on their service to know that they want more. Maybe they’ve seen enough from the first few seasons to realize that this is a show worth keeping. Maybe they just love the series and want to nurture it further.
Perhaps more than anything, though, this is Amazon continuing something that has been a trend with a lot of their original series — handing out early renewals for their shows before some of them even premiere. They did this with Jack Ryan and they’ve done it with many others; we understand that The Expanse may not be a new show, but it is new to them in terms of it being an exclusive property. This is them putting their stamp on the show and reminding everyone that they didn’t pick up this series for it to only last for a single year.
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Amazon is still working to boost up their roster of shows to closely rival Netflix — they want big-budget, mainstream properties to do so. Given that Netflix is now in this position where they have so much content and they don’t feel the need to renew a lot of it, this does give Amazon a chance to develop a reputation of “the streaming service that keeps its shows around.” We’ll have to see whether or not they want to hold to that themselves as their own popularity starts to expand a little bit.
For now, there’s nothing here but great news on The Expanse and we are excited to see what the future holds.
Our official Renewal/Cancellation Guide has been updated to reflect the news on The Expanse.
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