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The Reason The Expanse Season 6 Was Cut Short
Season 6 marked the end of the sci-fi series “The Expanse,” which found new life on Amazon Prime Video after nearly getting canceled on its original network, Syfy. At only six episodes, it is a lot shorter than previous seasons, but showrunner Naren Shankar revealed in an interview that six was the negotiated number with Amazon and Alcon Television.
Shankar stated, “Could we have done 10? Absolutely. Could we have done eight? Certainly. Uh, I don't think we would've been able to tell the season in any less than six." While the number of episodes helped the writing team to tell a tight story, Shankar also revealed that they needed some extra time for the finale and that the sixth episode is more “like an episode and a half.”
Season 6 gave each character an appropriate and/or emotional send-off and the climactic finale left room for future adventures. Daniel Abraham, co-writer of “The Expanse” novels, stated that there are three books left in the series to adapt — so it's quite possible, that if "The Expanse" continues, future seasons will be longer.