Everything We Know About 'The Expanse' Season 6

Where will the Roci go next?

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We have followed the Rocinante‘s unlikely family go on adventure after adventure in the ever-expanding solar system and beyond, and after the major drama of The Expanse‘s newly released fifth season, everyone is wondering the same thing: where are Holden and Naomi and Bobbie and their buds going next??? Will they finally find out how that ancient alien species made the protomolecule? Will the people of Earth, Mars, and the Belt finally colonize a new planet? Will Chrisjen Avasarala finally become queen of the whole universe, as she deserves? Surely all of these questions will be answered in the next season, but will the show be coming back for another round? And, if so, what will it be about? 

Has The Expanse been renewed for Season 6?

Yes! Amazon Prime renewed the show for a sixth season ahead of the premiere of Season 5.  

When will Season 6 premiere? 

There is no premiere date yet for Season 6 of The Expanse, but rumor has it that the show will begin filming on January 20. That could mean another December premiere for the show, which Amazon has been doing consistently since they took over production. 

Will it be the final season?

So far, that seems to be the case. In Amazon’s renewal announcement, the company made clear that Season 6 would be the final season as far as they’re concerned. The co-head of television at Amazon Studios, Vernon Sanders, even said that Season 6 would give the longtime fans of the show “the satisfying conclusion to the series that they deserve.” HMMMM. However, showrunner Naren Shankar told Entertainment Weekly that there’s always a chance for the show to keep going: “What I will say is that there’s definitely more to tell and I’m sure Ty and Daniel [Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, who jointly write the novel series under the pen name James S. A. Corey] would say exactly the same thing. But yeah, that’s probably about as much as I can say at this point.” That’s not a no! 

The show has escaped death once before, when Amazon Prime rescued it after it was canceled after three seasons by its original home network Syfy. In another chat with EW, Dominique Tipper, who plays Naomi Nagata, hinted that there’s always a chance it could go on. “Look, this is the end of the TV show on Amazon,” she said. “So, we’ll just have to see what happens.”

The main novel series consists of eight books, with a ninth planned for release in 2021 that will complete the series. Currently airing Season 5 is based on the fifth book Nemesis Games, while Season 6 will likely focus on the sixth, dramatically titled Babylon’s Ashes

What will it be about?

If you don’t want spoilers for the events of Season 5, we suggest you skip this part, but most of Babylon’s Ashes focuses on the conflict between the newly-created Free Navy, made up of a fleet of rogue Belter ships, and the coalition that shakily exists between Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt. When the Free Navy turns its attention to decimating the colony ships headed to the Ring worlds, and who but the ragtag crew of the Rocinante can save them? 

Who will be in the cast? 

Everyone in the main cast from the previous seasons is set to return-including Steven Strait as James Holden, Tipper, Wes Chatham as Amon Burton, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala, and Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper. Not returning is Cas Anvar, who played Martian pilot Alex Kamal for the first five seasons, and who disappointingly was the subject of a number of sexual misconduct claims that were investigated over summer 2020. Amazon hasn’t said whether his role will be recast. 

Who else will be involved? 

Naren Shankar, the showrunner since the beginning, will also be back. Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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