The Expanse Season 3: What To Expect

We might have a long wait until the third season of The Expanse hits our screens in 2018, but if you’re desperate to know where the storyline goes, read on.

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You shouldn’t either – Season 3 of The Expanse comes out in early 2018

The Expanse has been labeled as one of the most politically relevant science fiction television shows in years and fans were overjoyed when a third season was announced. With a year to wait until the third season drops, and all the books available to download or in bookstores, you have no excuses if you are desperate to know what’s going to go down in the third season. Whilst we might not have any firm details about what will feature in the third season and what will be left out, we can look closely at the book for a good idea of what to expect.

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Despite the fact that The Expanse novels are wonderfully written, we totally understand that not all of us have the time or the patience to sit and read long books. So, we decided to read it for you and give you an idea as to what you can expect to see in the third season.

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The first and second season stuck fairly closely to the plot of the first few books, Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War, which logically means that the third season should follow the third book, Abaddon’s Gate. So what can we expect from the next installment? What awesome new characters will be saving humanity? And will Amos take his shirt off again?

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Naomi Nagata will continue to break stuff

So during the course of season 2, Julie Mao and Miller had crashed the protomolecule into Venus, where it started to develop into, well, something unnatural. In season 3 we will see that something develop, eventually, into a gate and position itself beyond the orbit of Uranus. Humanity launches expeditions to explore the gate and where it might lead, with Earth, mars and the OPA all sending fleets to explore the new phenomenon. Holden is warned by a connection to Miller’s presence to stay away from the gate, but the powers that be have other ideas.

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The crew of the Rocinante will be in the thick of it

Julie Mao’s sister, Clarissa, is a girl with a massive grudge against James Holden. She goes to great lengths to sabotage and destroy his world, by hacking into the Rocinante and transmitting a fake message saying he’d claimed the gate for the OPA. Rather than engage in fighting with the UN or the Martians, Holden slams on the accelerator and jumps through the gate, Stargate style.

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Whilst she doesn’t feature in the books again until the fifth installment, I am still hoping to meet Drummer again, Fred Johnson’s second-in-command. We do meet the third-in-command, Bull, who is a pretty smart chap by all accounts.

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Review from Publishers Weekly:

Corey perfectly balances character development with action and uses shifts in point of view to keep the large cast intimate. Politics, philosophical ideas, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise. New readers should start with book one; series fans will find this installment the best yet.

The Future

So in a very small nutshell, the Rocinante travels through the alien gate created by the protomolecule and finds other habitable worlds. The governments of the solar system decide to explore, harvest and list the new worlds. We meet exciting new characters in new locations, fall in love with old ones and the only constant throughout the story is the political chaos that keeps the tension steady.

Will you be watching the next season on The Expanse? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.


14 Replies to “The Expanse Season 3: What To Expect”

  1. I am a big scify fan since rod serling william shatner to a c clarke u name it the expance is a great tv adaptation of the novel series. I personally am rereadind all the books. The book are on a par w any of the SF serier Hyberian and the three that followed or j ringo john webber any good stuff.

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  2. Can’t Wait. I just started reading the books because 2018 is too far away. I don’t mind saying I’ve become obsessed withe this show.

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  3. Does anyone know how to watch the second season in the UK


    1. Try looking for it online…Amazon streams it for a low cost in the States. I am sure you may find it on there.


  4. Best way to experience the books are on Audible. Turn your downtime into “me time” with audio books. I have followed the entire Expanse Series this way and it’s outstanding. Excellent production and characterisation.
    Turn a boring drive or commute into something to look forward to.

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  5. Have read all the books. Enjoyed season1 and 2. Pity the budget didn’t stretch enough for the marine battle on Ganymede, but otherwise love it. Show very true to the book character’s, thrilled there is a season 3 on the way.

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    1. I was looking forward to seeing the marine battle with the protomonster, too. I was disappointed we didn’t see it. But given the vast amount of high quality VFX this show has I’m not surprised some things had to be cut.

      I’ve listened to all the audiobooks. I’m looking forward to book 7 (Persepolis Rising) coming out this year.

      Can’t wait for season 3.


  6. I came across the series on tv quite by accident. I had thought this was going to be a boring space program but I was soon very surprised. They have in some instances explained the science behind some of the things going on. The way the characters are developed than all of sudden they are gone. I like reading SF so I will need to look into these 3 books to see if I can better follow the science behind the story.


  7. Supposedly the TV version of Drummer may have morphed into an amalgam of Sam Rosenberg and Drummer from the books, so Drummer could appear more in the TV show than she does in the books.


  8. I was mostly in it because of Thomas Jane. I guess he doesn’t show up in season three…. 🙄


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