The Expanse creators weigh in on their big season 5 finale decision

[Ed. note: Spoilers ahead for the finale of season 5 of The Expanse.]

The Area season 5 ended on Feb. 3, and while doing so exterminated among its most cherished characters. For lots of fans who’ve been seeing the sci-fi series considering that its best on the SyFy channel in 2015, that death might have come as a surprise — unless they were keeping tabs on the program’s real-world production.

Ahead of the episode airing, Polygon spoke with showrunner Naren Shankar about how everything decreased. Likewise on the line were Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who developed the franchise and assisted compose this season. The set composed the books which the tv series is based upon, working together under the pen name James S.A. Corey.

In June, allegations of unwanted sexual advances and sexual attack were imposed versus Cas Anvar, who plays Martian pilot and Rocinante team member Alex Kamal. As reported by Due date, both the cast and the production team rapidly responded with words of assistance for the declared victims. An official examination at Alcon Tv Group eventually concluded with the choice that Anvar would not become part of the program in season 6.

Production of season 5 of The Area ended prior to the discovery of Anvar’s supposed misbehavior. All season long, fans who followed the news have actually been waiting to see how or whether his character would be drawn up of the program. In the ending, they got their response: Alex passed away of a huge stroke, caused by the high-gravity maneuvers needed to conserve the life of fellow crewmate Naomi Nagata, played by Dominique Tipper.

However did the group at Alcon return and modify the ending of this most current episode, or had they prepared for Alex to die in this manner the whole time?

“The truth is,” franchise co-creator Ty Franck states, “it’s kind of a meaningless question in television, because as an on-set producer, I have literally walked off the set, climbed the stairs to my office, and rewritten a scene we’re about to shoot. And Naren has done the same. Daniel has done the same. I mean, that is part of the television process. So there is no sort of ‘once the story is set’ when you’re in the TV realm.”

At the minimum, co-creator Daniel Abraham states he feels his group did a much better job in this circumstances than Peacefulness. That 2005 motion picture, based off the tv series Firefly, infamously exterminated another pilot called Hoban “Wash” Washburne, played by Alan Tudyk. Fans commonly opposed that writer-director Joss Whedon dealt out that death too callously and without factor.

“I got opinions about Wash,” Abraham states. “The thing that I continue to resent about the killing of Wash is that I didn’t feel like it was set up. We have been talking about the dangers of high-G burns since the pilot. I feel like we earned this. I feel like this was baked into the world-building so early.”

Shankar likewise enhanced the care with which they incorporated Alex’s death into the story, offering it as much resonance as possible for the remainder of the team. The narrative hook they utilized was a letter, composed by Naomi for her fan James Holden (Steven Strait), to be checked out in case of her death.

“When you think about everything that’s loaded into the message that Naomi leaves Holden,” Shankar states, “she’s leaving this note about what’s going to happen if something happens to [her], if you lose people that you love. And then Holden can’t bear to play it. To have that happen at the end of it [after Alex’s death, but] in a different context, where they both can listen to it at the same time, that contextualizes their loss. That is not an offhand sort of a thing. That doesn’t just happen.”

Season 6 of The Area will be the series’ last on Amazon Prime Streaming, however the group has actually informed Polygon that the program isn’t over in the standard sense. There are more stories delegated inform, in the kind of numerous yet undiscovered books, indicating that another tv series might still take place.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.