In this blog series, we report on the production progress and other news of The Expanse each week. We collect the latest social media and press activity from the show’s production team, cast, and the community. We hope this series is useful for those who are not able to closely monitor social media but who want an easy way to catch up on all the latest Expanse updates each week.

To catch up on the previous week of updates, check out our last post here.

Production

Production this week is reaching the end of Block Two (episodes 403 and 404) and moving onto Block Three (405, 406). These episodes will be directed by series stalwart Jeff Woolnough, the man responsible for Season 1’s “CQB”, Season 2’s “Godspeed” and Season 3’s “Immolation” among others, so expect great things.

Last week, editorial changes (structural edits) on Tiamat’s Wrath, the eighth and penultimate book in the Expanse series, were submitted. This means that it is mostly done and on track for its March 2019 release.

We reported in our previous Week in Review that Persepolis Rising was nominated for best science fiction book in the 2018 Goodreads choice awards. We’re happy to report that it moved forward into the semi-finals. Voting for that ends today, so keep an eye out to see if it makes it to the finals.

In another follow up from last week, it was reported by Newsweek that Season 3 (and hopefully the rest of the show worldwide) will be coming to Amazon Prime Video “this winter.” Since we tweeted out this news, it has come to our attention that due to the wording of the tweet, some people were lead to believe that the news referred to season 4 and not season 3. We apologize for the confusion.

Once again, it is unclear whether this news applies to the rest of the world outside of the US, but it is nice to finally have some concrete information from Amazon on when the show will arrive on their platform.

This week, Universe Unplugged – a part of NASA’s Universe of Learning program – launched a short series teaching people about habitable planets starring our own Cas Anvar (Alex Kamal) and Cara Gee (Camina Drummer). Check out The Habitable Zone: Goldilocks Paradox.

Anvar also appeared at a dinner hosted by SpaceFund at New Worlds Institute in Austin, TX with Jeff Bezos. During the dinner, Bezos had some inspiring things to say about why he thinks The Expanse and science fiction are so important to society, check out the video.

In other actor news, Cara Gee was added to the cast of Call of the Wild for Fox. The film, based on the novel by Jack London will be directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and stars Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens and Harrison Ford. Meanwhile, Dominique Tipper will be starring in Monday, directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos and also starring Sebastian Stan.

Tonight, the winners of the E! People’s Choice awards will be airing on the E! channel, starting at 9e/8c and also streaming on YouTube. Check out this article for more info on how to watch or keep an eye on this page and around the internet to find out if The Expanse will win “Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Show”. Win or lose, this fandom has shown immense support for our favorite show and y’all Screaming Firehawks should be proud of yourselves.

Edit: Congratulations to Wynonna Earp on taking home the People’s Choice Award for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy Show! Even if we didn’t win the award, every nomination like this is a victory for any showThe more the word gets out, the more people get to enjoy the rich, detailed and wonderful universe that we all love.

Community

If you’re looking to start learning Lang Belta, now is one of the best times to start! Lang Belta hangout on the Unofficial Expanse Discord server is returning and will be running on Mondays from 22:00 – midnight and Thursdays from 13:00 – 15:00 Eastern time.

If you’re a novice or an advanced learner, Lang Belta expert OaktownPirate posted this informative and detailed post to /r/LangBelta titled: “Understanding This, That, Who, Which, What, & The Thing Over Yonder in Lang Belta”. Check it out for some in-depth info on the belter language.

On Monday, The Expanse Roleplay Board celebrated their first birthday, in a post to their website, they thanked their users for joining in and teased upcoming events within their storyline. Check them out if you’re interested in roleplaying within the Expanse universe.

Finally, a petition was launched this week with the aim of asking Lakeshore Records to release the soundtracks for Seasons 2 & 3. I’m sure we’d all love to listen to some of the fantastic music composed by Clinton Shorter for the show. So sign the petition, share it on social media and get the word out there, Screaming Firehawks! If you’re on Twitter, tweet it at @LakeshoreRecs and let them know.


That’s all for this week, folks. Check back next Sunday for a rundown of the upcoming week in the world of The Expanse. For those interested, our detailed record of Expanse-related web activity for this month (assembled by SkalmanIsDaMan) is available here. As always, if we missed something you think belongs in this article, please get in touch with us and let us know!

Thanks for reading,
Joe