With three seasons of slick and intelligent science fiction under its belt, news that Syfy had cancelled The Expanse was met with a rather large outpouring of grief. Amongst this grief, the #savetheexpanse campaign played out and an interesting rumour spread across the web faster than a Martian warship: it seemed that Amazon would save the show from the endless, well…endless expanse of television hell. Fortunately, those rumours are true. Amazon Prime has confirmed it will air season four.
As you probably know, fans of the series fired up a petition in the hope of saving it, and the #savetheexpanse campaign urged viewers to binge the show simultaneously in the hope of spiking its ratings.
— Cas Anvar (@Casanvar) May 26, 2018
Those fans now have reason to rejoice. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, told a National Space Society event, “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime!”
While a press release has already confirmed season four, Bezos said the show would become an Amazon Prime original “for the coming seasons.”
This is obviously great news for the show’s many fans and supporters. There are already seven novels in the James S.A. Corey series The Expanse is based on and at least two more are expected. That many seasons would certainly be a huge success for a show so close to being jettisoned into the vacuous emptiness of space only three seasons in.
— James S.A. Corey (@JamesSACorey) May 26, 2018
In a joint statement co-founders and co-CEOs, Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, of Alcon Entertainment, the company behind the show, said, “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From Reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”