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Tiamat's Wrath is the eighth and penultimate novel in The Expanse series. It was originally projected to be released on December 4, 2018, a year after the preceding novel, Persepolis Rising . However, production delays with the publisher postponed the release to March 26, 2019. [1] [2]

Its title and cover were revealed on April 3, 2018. [3]

  • 3 Viewpoint characters
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Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy . But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn't guess.

And throughout the wide human empire , the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia 's eternal rule - and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough... [4]

Four years after the Laconia-Sol Conflict , James Holden is an honored prisoner on Laconia . He is attending the Funeral of Chrisjen Avasarala , who died in her sleep four months earlier on Luna . Then, when Winston Duarte moved the funeral service and her tomb to Laconia, Holden could still hardly believe she was gone. By the end of the service, Holden runs into Kiki , Avasarala's granddaughter, and they discus the impact her grandmother's legacy had on them. As incentivized science institutes, businesses, and celebirites all had moved to Laconia Capital City , Duarte moved the center of humanity to Laconia. So while Holden makes his way through all of those famous and powerful people at the reception in the state building, he runs into Camina Drummer , and they converse about their predicament under Laconian rule. High Consul Duarte arrives at the reception, and Holden notices how some of his physical features are off because of the Protomolecule testing that Paolo Cortázar has done on him.

Elvi Okoye , now a major in the Laconian Empire , leads a scientific mission for the Empire, with her husband Fayez and a number of other scientists. With the Falcon , a Laconian ship specifically made for the mission, they study Dead systems . The ship enables fast travel from system to system. With the newly invented fully immersive liquid chamber Crash Couches, it can accelerate up to 30Gs without killing its occupants. The Falcon's scientific mission also involves using a Protomolecule-infected test subject, called The Catalyst , to activate any possible Protomolecule artifacts in these unexplored systems.

While in the Adro system , Elvi and her crew find a large diamond like spherical planet. When the Catalyst makes contact with the Adro diamond, Elvi theorises that it could be a backup drive and the Rosetta Stone to the builders' technology. However, the Falcon's commander, Admiral Sagale , gives orders to leave the system before any serious study can be done. Elvi tells Fayez she suspects Sagale has another agenda.

With the crew of the Rocinante separated and wanted fugitives, Naomi remembers the Rocinante . She and Alex had stowed it away on Freehold to be saved for a later day and to keep a low profile. With Holden captured and Amos undercover on a covert mission on Laconia , Naomi had taken a leadership position for the Underground . This however involves her being isolated and sent in shipping containers in Transport Union ships in order to move from system to system to communicate with Underground forces. Once she arrives to Deep Transfer Station Three in the Sol system , Naomi meets up with Bobbie Draper , who is now the Captain of the Gathering Storm , and Alex, who is the ship's pilot. During their meeting, they discuss the Gathering Storm' secret mission in the Sol system, but Naomi and Bobbie disagree on which tactics the Underground should use. Once they say their goodbyes and Naomi leaves, Alex prepares the next transfer of the Gathering Storm , which is being transferred from freighter to freighter for their mission.

Back on Laconia, Teresa Duarte , the daughter of High Consul Duarte, lives a busy life and has little freedom. In one of session with her tutor, Colonel Ilich , she questions who the Ring Builders were and who killed them, but Colonel Ilich says no one knows. Later, when her father begins to take her to important meetings, Teresa questions why she should be there. Duarte simply tells her he is preparing her to become the leader of Laconia in case one day he's no longer around to rule it. When Teresa runs into Holden, he warns her not to fully trust those close to her. Eventually Teresa, along with her dog Muskrat , sneaks out of the State building and goes up into the hills to a cave. There she meets with her friend Timothy . She eventually goes home, where her father meets with her to discuss Laconian tactics and decision-making.

While the Gathering Storm was in the Pendulum's Arc , Alex learns from Bobbie that their mission is to intercept a freighter carrying cargo parts for the Heart of the Tempest , which is stationed in Earth's orbit. However, the Freighter is being escorted by two Laconian Frigates, so the Storm must sneak up to the ships to attack. While the Storm engages and takes out the two frigates, Bobbie with a strike team uses a Breaching pod to take the freighter until PDCs decompress the entire ship's atmosphere. This causes the mission to be a partial failure but Bobbie does capture the ship's cargo. When they get to a hideout in Callisto , Alex gets a message from his son Kit who is getting married. After a meeting of Alex and Bobbie, Bobbie learns that the cargo they captured was anti-matter, the power source for the Tempest' s weapons, and resolves to use it against the Laconians.

Following Elvi Okoye onboard the Falcon arrival into Tecoma system , it is discovered that the system is empty of any planets or even space material. The only things in the system are a neutron star and the oddly placed ring gate, which is much farther out and positioned above the star's north pole. Commander Sagale then informs Elvi of their other mission by the Laconian military: to use this system to conduct a weapon test since the Tecoma system met their requirements of a sparse system. Elvi advises against the plan but Sagale moves forward with it.

In a strange interpretation of game theory , Duarte believes that he needs to "punish" the Unknown Aggressors  that are believed to be making ships go dutchman . In order to do so, Duarte gave the command to Admiral Sagal to conduct the weapons test attack by sending a bomb ship into the Ring network with the Tecoma gate as a Ring network anomaly occurs. When the test is conducted, the ship phases between the gates and explodes. As a consequence to this attack, the Unknown aggressors destabilize the Tecoma system's neutron star. Fearing a possible gamma-ray burst hitting the Tecoma gate, the Falcon crew burn and retreat into the slow zone. Then as feared, the neutron star collapses and shoots out a gamma-ray burst that destroys the Tecoma gate and Thanjavur gate , which is located on the opposite side of the Slow zone . This causes the Thanjavur colony to be cut off from the Ring network and be isolated.

A few days after the Tecoma star collapse , the crew of the Falcon witness strange reading of radiation coming from the edges of the slow zone as the Ring station glows like a small star after being hit by the gamma-ray burst. Suddenly another missing time skip event occurs throughout the gate network and in the slow zone. The Falcon is nearly destroyed by strange dark tendrils, but Elvi is capable of activating the Falcon emergency escape out of danger and into the Laconia system as she had experience this before on Ilus . Unfortunately, half the crew die (including Admiral Sagal) from injuries caused during the time skip, and the rest barely survive including Fayez. Everything else in the Slow Zone is either killed or destroyed following the Slow zone catastrophe . This includes  Medina Station , the Eye of the Typhoon , and Saba , the leader of the  underground .

While Teresa meets up with Timothy again, they experience the time skip event and she leaves the cave to see what has happened. She is then picked up by colonel Ilich and security to see her father. Duarte is left in a waking coma-like state after the time skip as Cortazar's treatments to make him immortal left him susceptible to the time skip attack and he is no longer cognizant of the real world. This leaves Admiral Trejo to be running the Laconian Empire while they keep Duarte's condition a secret.

Naomi finally arrives at her destination in the Auberon system , after being onboard a ship where she was almost found by Laconian forces. She meets up with the local underground who she knew during her days with Fred Johnson . After learning of Saba's fate, Naomi takes over as leader of the Underground, and then sends out her plans to everyone in the Underground whom she can contact. While Naomi still wants a peaceful solution, she understands the need to negotiate from a place of strength. With the destruction of the  Typhoon in the slow zone, the Laconians are not able to control the ring network like they once could.

After consulting with Naomi, Bobbie and Alex head out on a mission to destroy the Tempest using what they learned from the transport freighter ship intercept. This information reveals a blind spot in the Tempest's sensor view that Bobbie uses to sneak the White Crow close enough so they can send a small rocket with an antimatter bomb attached to destroy the Tempest . Unfortunately, Bobbie's ship takes PDC damage upon approach. Bobbie's copilot Rini Glaudin is killed but the antimatter bombs are untouched. Seeing that she will no longer be able to get the antimatter bombs close with the rockets they had, she takes a final measure of using her Laconian Power Armor's thrusters to accelerate the antimatter bomb towards the Tempest . Bobbie realizing there is no chance she can be saved, uses the remaining amount of bullets she has to get into the sensor range of the Tempest , which kills her with a PDC round. She does this to prevent Alex from making any dangerous rescue plans. As the Storm retreats from the Tempest , the antimatter bombs explode, destroying The Heart of the Tempest . The crew of the Storm receives a large amount of radiation in the blast.

After receiving the news of Bobbie's death, Alex reveals that he is heading back to Freehold to unwrap the Rocinante for the upcoming fight that Naomi is planning. Naomi, who continues as Saba's successor, heads to Freehold to meet up with Alex who she assists in getting the Rocinante in ship shape for an atmosphere launch. Soon enough they are ready to head off into space to get "closer" to the Ring Gates for better communications. While in transit, the Rocinante is hit with another time skip event. This event only affects three systems but lasts 20 minutes, longer than the previous events.

After Teresa heads up to Timothy's cave, she inadvertently leads security forces to the cave and a firefight breaks out, in which Timothy is killed by Colonel Ilich. After Teresa is taken back to the state building, Timothy's body is taken away by the native Laconian repair drones. Then Teresa learns that Timothy's real name was Amos Burton, and that he was a terrorist who planned to explode a mini-nuke in the Laconian capital, until he met Teresa.

During this time, Elvi has fully recovered and has been given increasing responsibilities to aid the recovery of Duarte, and to look over Cortazar's work. She then meets up with Cortazar, who takes her to the Pens and shows her Cara and Xan Bisset . The children had died decades ago and had been repaired by the Laconian Repair Drones. Elvi questions the children to find out if they are conscious beings, and apologizes to Cara for what happened to her.

Holden, who has been in contact with Cortazar, Duarte and a little bit with Teresa, has been playing a long-term chess game to drive a wedge between Cortazar and Duarte. Holden's plan comes to head when he tells Teresa to watch his conversations with Cortazar. Holden has been suggesting using Teresa as a study subject to help Duarte get better. When Cortazar slightly mentions this on camera, Teresa becomes aware of the fact the Cortazar wants to kill her. She lets Elvi and Trejo know of Cortazar's intentions. Teresa also goes to her father and tells him about Cortazar. Duarte seems to be unaffected by the news, still swiping at the air. Later in the meeting in Duarte's room, Elvi, Cortazar and Trejo discuss the future of the Empire. Duarte at one point gets up and mumbles to himself near Cortazar; the next second, without a gunshot, Duarte causes Cortazar's head to explode, killing him.

Naomi's plan finally comes to head, in the Siege of Laconia . Over 400 rebel ships arrive to resist Laconia, including three Donnager Class battleships . Unlike the invasion of Sol , the Laconian Magnetar-class ship Voice of the Whirlwind does not use its primary weapon for fear of triggering another time-lapse/unconsciousness event. Naomi's plan to disable Laconia begins with baiting the Whirlwind and retreating away. When the Whirlwind gets far enough away from Laconia, a few ships of Naomi's fleet dive for the alien orbital construction yards. When the ships are close enough, they fire rail guns into the orbital construction yards, destroying them, all this while dodging rail guns from planetary defense systems. This accomplishes the goal of taking away Laconia's advantage of creating new alien ships and producing antimatter.

During the engagement, the Rocinante receives a message containing Amos's evacuation codes. The codes were sent by Teresa, who had released Holden so they could leave the planet together. When the two make an escape, they are confronted by Ilich and security threatening to kill them. Out of nowhere, a "repaired" Amos kills Ilich and his security forces. Soon after, the three of them and Muskrat are evacuated by the Rocinante . When leaving Laconia, the Rocinante is target-locked by the Whirlwind . The Whirlwind however hesitates when Teresa gets on the comms and declares she is working on a mission with the rebels straight from her father. After a longer delay, the Whirlwind sends ten missiles at the Rocinante , which destroys them with PDCs . The Roci with the surviving Underground fleet leave the Laconia system.

On Laconia, it is revealed that Holden's goal in his metaphorical chess game as a captive was to get Cortazar removed and for Elvi to take over the science directorate. Confident in her position, Elvi's first move is to shut down Cortazar's Pens and release Cara and Xan so they can work with her with the information they can access with The Library . She declares to Trejo that the greatest potential of information is exploring the Adro Diamond.

Back on the Rocinante , Holden is settling back onboard with his crew and he talks to Amos to see if he is still himself . Amos tells him that he is still himself but now he knows things, and warns Holden the Unknown Aggressors will try to wipe out humanity. Holden simply tells him that he knows this.

Viewpoint characters [ ]

  • Holden (prologue, interlude, epilogue)
  • Elvi (13 chapters)
  • Naomi (14 chapters)
  • Alex (7 chapters)
  • Teresa (11 chapters)
  • Bobbie (5 chapters)

Major events [ ]

  • Storm raid near Jupiter
  • Tempest Storm engagement
  • Siege of Laconia
  • Tecoma star collapse
  • Slow zone catastrophe

Editions [ ]

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Hardcover Editions [ ]

The book was released as a hardcover on March 26, 2019. Subterranean Press released a limited edition in 2020.

Paperback Editions [ ]

The book was first released as a trade paperback in the U.K. A paperback edition was released in the United States on January 21, 2020.

Audiobook edition [ ]

The audiobook is read by Jefferson Mays and is 19 hours and 8 minutes in length.

See also [ ]

  • Leviathan Wakes - novel
  • Caliban's War - novel
  • Abaddon's Gate - novel
  • Cibola Burn - novel
  • Nemesis Games - novel
  • Babylon's Ashes - novel
  • Persepolis Rising - novel
  • Leviathan Falls - novel
  • The Churn - novella
  • The Vital Abyss - novella
  • " The Butcher of Anderson Station " - short story
  • Gods of Risk - novella
  • " Drive " - online short story
  • Strange Dogs - novella
  • " The Last Flight of the Cassandra " - short story
  • Auberon - novella
  • Memory's Legion - compendium
  • The Sins of Our Fathers - novella


  • ↑ 2.0 2.1 Original Scheduled Release: December 4, 2018 Authoritative Reference TBD


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The Expanse authors discuss the final ending of the book series

By dan selcke | dec 7, 2021.

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For 10 years, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck have been writing  The Expanse   series of books, tracing the adventures of James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante as they deal with interplanetary politics, separatist terrorists and finally a race of alien beings intent on subsuming humanity into their hive mind. The final book in the series,  Leviathan Falls , came out just last month, and Abraham and Franck talked to  Polygon   all about it.


The end of  The Expanse

So what happens at the end of all things? Well, in order to stop the ring builders from flattening the nature of human existence, James Holden injects himself with the alien protomolecule to let his friends escape the ring gate and finally destroy the rings himself, making an executive decision on behalf of humanity in order to save it, even though he spent much of the book series fighting against people who wanted to do exactly that.

“What we were trying to do was take this very righteous guy with a very strong opinion and spiral him through more and more experiences, depth, uncertainty, and gray until we had him still very much himself, but at a place where he could make this impossible choice, this choice on behalf of everyone, when that’s exactly what he didn’t ever want to do,” Abraham said. “And we did that with a bunch of other characters too. If you look at Naomi, she was trying not to be a leader. She was trying to hide behind her hair in the first book. That’s not where she wound up.”

Naomi Nagata, by the way, gets the last line of the book, which the authors apparently had in mind since very near the beginning of the series: “The stars are still there. We’ll find our own way back to them.”

The only character who didn’t change in this way was Amos Burton, on account of his implacable personality. “Amos is only one thing, and he’s only ever going to be one thing,” Franck said. “And it turns out that that one thing is very tough to kill.” That said, he does now have a new role: the guy who guides humanity into the next age. As Franck puts it:

"[A]s a guide for a broken humanity, he seems like a guy, as Daniel said, without sentimentality. So he’s going to say, “Stop being such dipshits.” And when they don’t stop being a bunch of dipshits, he’s going to kill all the ones that are necessary to get everybody else back on board. […] He just seems like the perfect person to do that."

The Ring Builders step out of the shadows

Leviathan Falls  also tells us more about the alien ring builders than we ever knew before, although there’s plenty about them that’s still mysterious. “We knew a lot about the evolutionary history of the gate builders and how their biology affected what they did, how they saw things differently, and the strategy that we saw in book one of hijacking other life and using that and incorporating it, “Abraham said. “So all of that was actually pretty well thought out. It was just finding a way to explain it that wasn’t just a graduate lecture. And the ring entities, they were always supposed to be mysterious. They were always supposed to be the dark gods. I know that there are folks who really like having all of the answers, and that’s great, but I don’t think it’s ever satisfying.”

So it this all there is to  The Expanse ? Well, yes and no. On the page, the novella  The Sins of Our Fathers will appear in the upcoming anthology book  Memory’s Legion . “It’s a bit of a coda to the series,” Franck said. “It’s probably not what people are expecting, but that’s OK. In some ways, it is the conversation about what you have to do next. Daniel talked about the 1,300 chances to get it right, and it is just one little story of one of those 1,300 chances of somebody trying to get it right.”

Beyond that, the two don’t see themselves returning to  The Expanse  universe. “What I do hope is that folks who are hungry for more grab the role-playing game or start writing their own stuff…and keep the literary conversation going,” Abraham said. “That would be how I would want to see this. I wouldn’t want to see another Expanse book.”

Will  The Expanse  TV show ever adapt  Leviathan Falls ?

The Expanse  isn’t just a book series; it’s also a TV show about to premiere its sixth and final season on December 10, this Friday.

The problem is that the sixth season adapts the sixth book in the series,  Babylon’s Ashes , but  Leviathan Falls  is the ninth. Will we ever see the final three books up on the screen?

Well, this upcoming season will be the last one on Amazon Prime Video…but that doesn’t mean it’s the last one period. The producers have hinted that they may try to find the series a new home elsewhere, so fans shouldn’t give up hope just yet…

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Book review: tiamat’s wrath (the expanse, #8) by james s.a. corey, november 2, 2020 petrik leo comments 0 comment.

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Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series:   The Expanse  (Book #8 of 9)

Genre:  Sci-fi, Space Opera

Pages : 560 pages (UK paperback)

Published: 26th March 2019 by Orbit

Wow, I take back what I said before. Tiamat’s Wrath surpassed Caliban’s War and Nemesis Games as the best installment of the series so far.

“Distributed responsibility is the problem. One person gives the order, another carries it out. One can say they didn’t pull the trigger, the other that they were just doing what they were told, and everyone lets themselves off the hook.”

I’m finally caught up with the series. Tiamat’s Wrath is the eight and penultimate volume of The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey. And of course, it’s just my damn luck that out of all the books in the series that I’ve read, this was the only one that made me WANT to immediately read the next volume, and it’s not available yet. Seriously, though, Tiamat’s Wrath was amazing. I think the biggest reason why this one worked so well is that finally, Corey has started to put the narrative on a pedal to the metal. The first sentence of Tiamat’s Wrath sets the tone and implication right from the start that this book will be destructive, and they’re delivered with calculative precision. The pacing was wonderfully addictive, the tension never lets up, and the emotion of the characters was portrayed incredibly well.

“But pacifism only works when your enemy has a conscience.”

It is odd that, somehow, Tiamat’s Wrath managed to become my favorite book of the series so far. I have voiced my complaint several times throughout my reviews of the series that I have issues with having to read non-Rocinante’s crew POV chapters. Thankfully, the two non-Rocinante’s crew POV here—Teresa and this character from Cibola Burn —were so well-written and compelling. This is magnificent, I knew I loved Cibola Burn for a good reason. As for the crew of the Rocinante, they continue to be the burning force of the narrative. I loved these characters; so much has happened, and Tiamat’s Wrath shows how decades of being together meant for these characters. This was what I wanted from Persepolis Rising , and I’m glad I get it here. There’s so much heart, longing, and loneliness. Even though Holden only has two short POV chapters, Corey was able to make sure that the other characters will be able to shoulder the weight of the story.

“There are people I love. There are people who have loved me. I fought for what I believed, protected those I could, and stood my ground against the encroaching darkness. Good enough.”

Now, I also have no idea whether it’s because I’m in the middle of watching the TV series adaptation or not, but for the first time in my experience of reading the books, I REALLY could imagine the space-warfare from the prose. I didn’t realize how much trouble I had with imagining the space-warfare in this series until I actually watched the TV show and wondered: “Did I even read this scene?” This happened several times. But not with Tiamat’s Wrath . There was so much adrenaline rush, and the badass Valkyrie scene (only readers who’ve read this book will understand what I mean here) was most likely the best scene of the entire series so far.

“You take care of your tools, your tools take care of you.”

To avoid spoilers for the series, I will have to make this review much shorter than usual. Seriously, almost everything inside this book can be considered a spoiler for the previous books in the series. However, I hope my point on the quality of this installment has been delivered successfully in this review. To put it simply, Tiamat’s Wrath is The Expanse at its maximum height, and I’m very curious to find out whether the final volume, Leviathan Falls , will be able to top this one.

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The Rocinante landing on Ilus in The Expanse

This article contains The Expanse spoilers.

Many fans of The Expanse on Prime Video who haven’t already read the James S. A. Corey novels upon which the series is based probably have at least thought about checking out the books at some point. But the floodgates likely opened after the series finale aired for those looking to answer the questions left unresolved by the show’s untimely cancelation with books seven through nine still unadapted.

For those still on the fence, we’ll attempt to outline the plot of the remaining story without spoiling the big moments that should be experienced firsthand. The good news is that Persepolis Rising can be a starting point, skipping the first five books with only minor catching up to do. That’s not the recommended path, of course (read the whole thing!), but here’s what’s in store for anyone who takes that shortcut.

Duarte and the Protomolecule

It’s probably obvious given the events of The Expanse series finale that Admiral Duarte is the main antagonist of the final story arc in the books. Given that he traded MCRN military equipment to Marco Inaros in exchange for the protomolecule sample the rogue Belters stole from Fred Johnson , it’s clear that he felt that the devastating price he paid for the final bit of blue goo was worth it. If it weren’t for this deal, millions on Earth would still be alive, and the Free Navy would have been completely impotent without ships or rail guns to attach to the ring station.

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It was all a distraction to allow Duarte and his loyalists to set up a colony on Laconia, a planet with an unusual alien artifact in orbit around it: a construction platform that can create space vessels with advanced capabilities based on protomolecule technology. In The Expanse season 6, we hear the obsessive scientist Cortazar telling Duarte that they have been able to use the stolen sample to activate the orbital station, the same way phantom-Miller was able to activate the artifacts on Ilus in season four . Let the fireworks begin!

The Strange Dogs, Cara, and Xan

But that’s not all the protomolecule can do! We’ve also seen that Laconia has some unusual wildlife that appears to be modifying “broken” things in a semblance of repair. Remember, the protomolecule was discovered in season one on Phoebe, one of Saturn’s moons. Miller (as an eventual spokesman for the protomolecule ) informed Holden that it was designed to modify anything in its path to the specification of the alien race that created it. It lay frozen and unused until Protogen dug it up.

If you look closely, however, you’ll see that the “strange dogs” in The Expanse season 6 make changes to the drone and the mama bird which leave a soft blue glow, such as we see with anything protomolecule related. After Xan is brought back to life with black eyes and increased perception, it’s clear that the repair creatures made modifications less destructive than but certainly just as radical as what happened on Eros in the opening season. Without Cara and Xan’s involvement in the later books as a result of these changes, humanity would have little hope of understanding the alien forces around them.

Needless to say, Duarte has his own discoveries to make about what this more stable form of protomolecule can do for the dominance of his new empire. Considering the hardiness of Martian efforts to terraform their own planet back home, it should come as no surprise that this same discipline will become the central tenet of a new political force bent on doing what’s best for the survival of the human species… at least from Duarte’s point of view.

The crew of the Roci on The Expanse

The Expanse Finale Ending Explained

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The Expanse Series Finale Easter Eggs: The Sci-Fi Heroes Who Helped

The transport union and the gates.

Drummer was put in charge of the new independent Transport Union at the end of The Expanse season 6, and that’s exactly where she ends up in the books, too. But her position of leadership becomes far more important to the solar system than perhaps Avasarala or Holden could have possibly anticipated, and it’s a glorious thing to behold. The many fans of this great character will be excited to see her rise to power.

Taking into account the strategy Naomi employed to defeat Marco in The Expanse series finale, one of the main dangers the Transport Union must manage involves the entities inside the gates that eat ships for breakfast. Traffic must only pass through the rings at a regulated pace to avoid “going Dutchman,” as they call it, referring to the famous ghost ship. But even with the careful coordination there are no guarantees, and the pressures that arise from increased colonization will take their toll in the later books.

The Time Jump

Because it takes time to build the Laconian Empire, The Expanse novels necessarily jump forward almost three decades, but this leaves our favorite characters much older and scattered to the far corners of the galaxy at times. Readers will perhaps be unsurprised to find Bobbie Draper, for example, in a combative role against the immense power Duarte has amassed in the intervening time. Likewise, Naomi cultivates relationships with an underground element that put her in a position of prominence in old age.

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Holden has, shall we say, more direct interactions with the Laconian leader, and the devotion Amos shows towards his captain in the later books takes on new levels of heroism. Even Alex, who is very much alive in the continuing saga, finds his place alongside his fellow Martian, Bobbie, and explores new ways to reconnect with his family by the end of the last book, receiving a fitting reward for his service throughout The Expanse story. Oh, and remember Elvi Okoye from Ilus? As humanity’s foremost xenobiologist, she’s back in a big way!

But speaking of time jumps, The Expanse saga has one final leap to make at the end of the final novel, Leviathan Falls . Many TV fans agree that the Prime Video adaptation had a pretty spectacular ending, providing an amazing sense of closure considering how unresolved much of the story was. That’s nothing compared to how the books end; if you don’t fist pump after flipping the final page, you’re dead inside.

Don’t think for a moment everything will be wrapped up with a neat little bow, though. The Expanse doesn’t do that. Do, however, expect answers to long-held questions. What is the nature of the protomolecule makers, and how can the aliens who killed them be stopped? Will humanity find a way to come together in common cause? Who lives and who dies in the end, and was the sacrifice of those who don’t make it worth it? All will be answered, and it’s a promise: you’ll be satisfied.

But just like those who only watched The Expanse , you’ll still wish there was more.

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3 Ways to Read The Expanse Books in Order

It can be hard to find a popular SFF series longer than a trilogy that is already complete. Game of Thrones fans know this plight all too well. But not only are The Expanse books in order a complete series, there are also nine full-length novels and many pieces of short fiction to enjoy from this world.

About The Expanse

The first book in the series, Leviathan Wakes, introduces the setting and characters of The Expanse . It is in these pages that readers first meet James Holden and the rest of the crew aboard the Rocinante. In this world humanity has colonized its own solar system, but what lies beyond its borders in the stars is still out of reach.

The author of these books, James S.A. Corey, is actually a pseudonym for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham.

The epic setting of this space opera first came to Franck as the idea of a video game project and when that failed, he adapted it into a role-playing game. That is where he met Abraham and also George R.R. Martin because they were players in his game.

Franck would then go on to become Martin’s personal assistant for several years, but forged his own path when writing The Expanse series in partnership with Abraham. It was allegedly Abraham who saw all the material in the RPG and thought it would work great as a book. He proposed to Franck that they should write a book together, but neither expected the series to take on the breadth or scope that it did.

The series is sprawling, encompassing nuanced characters, ethical dilemmas, and tense race relations. It won the Hugo Award for Best Series in 2020.

Much has changed since the initial idea for a book series was conceptualized, but the last line and last scene of Leviathan Falls has remained the same since 2012. Prior to the publication of the last book, the series sold four million copies in North America and had been translated into 21 languages.

#1 – The Nine Expanse Books in Publication Order

The first way to read The Expanse books in order is the most straight-forward way. That is by reading the books in order of publication first, and then moving onto the short fiction. This is the best reading order for readers who may not typically enjoy short fiction.

With this reading order you can skip over the short stories and novellas in perpetuity if you wish, but if you are craving more from this world, you can explore the short fiction after the conclusion of the last book. This might also help your reading experience of the short fiction because you will already have an understanding and fondness of this world.

  • Leviathan Wakes (2011)
  • Caliban’s War (2012)
  • Abaddon’s Gate (2013)
  • Cibola Burn (2014)
  • Nemesis Games (2015)
  • Babylon’s Ashes (2016)
  • Persepolis Rising (2017)
  • Tiamat’s Wrath (2019)
  • Leviathan Falls (2021)

The Expanse Short Fiction in Publication Order

An important note on the list below is that The Last Flight of the Cassandra was part of The Expanse Roleplaying Game. As well, Memory’s Legion, which has an asterisk next to it, collects all of the short fiction set within this world. Memory’s Legion, however, does not include The Last Flight of the Cassandra.

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  • The Churn (2014)
  • The Vital Abyss (2015)
  • Strange Dogs (2017)
  • The Last Flight of the Cassandra (2019)
  • Auberon (2019)
  • The Sins of Our Fathers (2022)
  • Memory’s Legion (2022) *

#2 – All the Expanse Books in Publication Order

The second way to read The Expanse books in order is a twist on publication order which includes both novels and short fiction together. This is the order which is recommended by the authors.

This reading order will match the way most fans experienced the series for the first time, and will also match the way the authors intended for the world to be revealed. It will feature some jumps in chronology, but it will not have any spoilers.

This list does not include Memory’s Legion in favor of listing each short story instead.

  • Leviathan Wakes
  • The Butcher of Anderson Station
  • Caliban’s War
  • Gods of Risk
  • Abaddon’s Gate
  • Cibola Burn
  • Nemesis Games
  • The Vital Abyss
  • Babylon’s Ashes
  • Strange Dogs
  • Persepolis Rising
  • Tiamat’s Wrath
  • The Last Flight of the Cassandra
  • Leviathan Falls
  • The Sins of Our Fathers

#3 – The Expanse Books in Chronological Order

Finally, the third way you can read The Expanse books in order is by following the chronological timeline. However, this is not the recommended way to read the series for the first time.

That is because with this reading order you may come across spoilers for part of the mystery and intrigue of the series. As well, Leviathan Wakes is the best introduction to this world and its characters, and where your reading journey should begin. But if you read the series in chronological order first, you will begin with a short story which takes place 150 years before Leviathan Wakes.

However, this reading order is a great way to experience the series in a new way as part of a reread. Or, if you’re feeling muddled trying to make sense of the chronology, this list will help you understand where each story slots into the timeline.

This list also does not include Memory’s Legion in favor of listing each short story instead.

The Expanse Beyond the Books

With the success of the books came an adaptation . The television show premiered in 2015 on SyFy before it was cancelled after the third season. Thankfully, the series was picked up by Amazon Prime for three more seasons before the sixth and final season aired in 2022.

It stars Steven Strait as James Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata, Wes Chatham as Amos Burton, and Shohreh Aghahloo as Chrisjen Avasarala. Both Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham were executive producers for the TV adaptation.

But even with the publication of the final book in 2021 and the last season of the show airing in 2022, that is not quite the end for The Expanse.

That’s because a Kickstarter campaign began following the end of the adaptation. Its goal was to raise $25,000 to create a graphic novel that would be a sequel to the show and take place before the seventh book.

The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Boom! Studios absolutely smashed that target with more than $1.4 million pledged. The campaign raised more than $340,000 in its first day alone, making it the biggest Kickstarter launch ever from the studio.

The graphic novels, twelve in total, will ship in 2024.

A Summary of The Expanse Books in Order

Below you will find the summaries of the nine full-length Expanse books in order. This is the recommended reading order for the books and these summaries will be a great refresher on the series. However, if you have not read these books before, there will be minor spoilers as the series progresses.

Leviathan Wakes Expanse Books in Order

1. Leviathan Wakes

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Asteroid Belt. Then when he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they also stumble upon a secret they never wanted to know. It is a secret that someone is willing to kill for.

Unless Jim can find out who left the ship and why, there will be war. Meanwhile, Detective Miller is looking for a girl and his investigation leads him to Holden and the Scopuli. This girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations as the odds are stacked against them. The rules are different out in the Belt, where one small ship can change everything.

Caliban’s War James S. A. Corey

2. Caliban’s War

A Martian marine on Ganymede watches as her whole platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous super-soldier. Meanwhile on Earth, a high-level politician is struggling to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. Finally on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet and is causing mysterious changes that threaten to spread throughout the solar system.

James Holden and the rest of the Rocinante crew have been maintaining the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. They agree to help a scientist search Ganymede for a missing child, but the future of humanity depends on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun.

Abaddon’s Gate The Expanse

3. Abaddon’s Gate

Humanity has been limited by the edge of its own solar system for generations. Until now. That’s because an alien artefact operating under the clouds of Venus has built a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus. It is a gate that leads into the starless dark.

The crew of the Rocinante are part of the flotilla going out to examine the artefact. But a complex plot is unfolding behind the scenes and the destruction of Holden is at its core. Everyone is trying to determine whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, but the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Cibola Burn James S. A. Corey

4. Cibola Burn

On the other side of the gates there are thousands of habitable planets, which means the land rush has begun. It is a poorly controlled flood of people, but among them is the Rocinante. They are haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the society that built the gates and the protomolecule.

But there are also growing tensions between the settlers and the company which holds the official claim to the planet that Holden and his crew must navigate. Then, as both sides fight to defend what is theirs, a terrible disease strikes and only Holden can find the cure.

Nemesis Games Expanse Books in Order

5. Nemesis Games

The power structures of the old solar system are buckling as wave after wave of colonists leave for new worlds. Ships are disappearing while private armies are secretly being formed. The last remaining protomolecule sample is stolen while terrorist attacks are bringing the inner planets to their knees.

The sins of the past are returning to exact a horrible price. And amidst all that, Holden and the rest of the Rocinante crew are struggling to survive and get back to the only home they have.

Babylon’s Ashes The Expanse

6. Babylon’s Ashes

Earth has been crippled by the Free Navy, a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships, and they have begun a campaign of violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the new worlds are easy prey, and no single navy remains that is strong enough to protect them.

The Rocinante know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. So, they’ve been called on for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But as the chaos grows, so does an alien mystery.

Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey

7. Persepolis Rising

The new colony worlds are struggling to find their way amidst this period of humanity’s expansion. Each planet is balancing between collapse and wonder, which means the crew of the aging gunship Rocinante have their hands full trying to maintain the fragile peace.

The inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative alliance in the wake of war and prejudice. But on the lost colony of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for humanity and the power to enforce it. The forces unleased will have their own price that will change the shape of humanity forever.

Tiamat’s Wrath The Expanse

8. Tiamat’s Wrath

Humanity is building its interstellar empire after 1,300 gates opened to solar systems around the galaxy, but the mysteries and threats are growing deeper. Elvi Okoye has begun a search to uncover the nature of a genocide that took place before humans existed. She is also searching for weapons to fight a war against the near-unimaginable, but the price of that knowledge will be high.

Meanwhile, Teresa Duarte is preparing to take on the burden of her father’s god-like ambition. There are many dangers in the palace, including sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden, but Teresa has secrets even her father cannot guess.

Leviathan Falls Expanse Books in Order

9. Leviathan Falls

The Laconian Empire has fallen and the Duarte rule has been broken. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake and the war against the universe has begun again.

Elvi Okoye is desperately searching to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them. Colonel Aliana Tanaka is hunting for Duarte’s missing daughter, along with the emperor himself. Finally, aboard the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew are struggling to build a future humanity out of the shards and ruins that remain.

One last chance to unite humanity is discovered, but the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.

Final thoughts

The Expanse books in order have become one of the most highly recommended science fiction series to read. If you enjoy space operas then you will appreciate these books, but equally this is a great entry point into the genre if you enjoy strong character development and loveable characters.

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Expanse Books In Order

Publication order of the expanse books, publication order of the expanse short stories/novellas, chronological order of the expanse short stories/novellas.

The Expanse is a compilation of science fiction novels written by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of writers Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham. The very first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was selected for the Hugo Award , the Best Novel in the year 2012. The series has been adapted to TV.

About the series

The series primarily follows captain named Jim Holden and the salvaged Martian war-ship crew of Rocinante as they fall into the finest conspiracy theory that mankind has seen, heading towards greedy companies, tainted politicians and warm-angering admirals to find the truth. The Expanse is defined in a future in which mankind has colonized most of the Solar System, but doesn’t have the way to go other systems. In the asteroid buckle and over and above, trepidation is increasing between the earth’s United Nations, Mars, and the outside planets.

The series at first happens in our solar system, making use of numerous real-world locations for example Eros and Ceres in the asteroid belt, many moons of Jupiter, with Gany Mede and Europa probably the most developed and tiny science angles as far away as Phoebe close to Saturn and the Titania around the Uranus. There are also more successful, domed negotiations on the Mars and the Moon.

As the sequence advances, mankind gets entry to a large number of new worlds by utilization of the ring, an unnaturally experienced Einstein Rosen bridge or worm-hole, developed by an extended deceased alien race. The band in our solar system is 2 AU through the Uranus orbit , and moving via it creates a centre of starless area roughly a million kms across using more than 1,300 additional rings, each and every using a solar system on the other hand. In the heart of the hub it has an alien space station which regulates the entrances, and may also set immediate speed limitations on items within the hub as a way of defense.

The first of the brand new worlds which is resolved was known as Ilus by the human being refugees that very first arrived there or a New Terra by the UN. This planet is somewhat bigger than Earth with a little bit higher gravity and includes one big continent which rules one hemisphere and 1000s of islands spread all through the massive, solitary ocean. There are actually flora and fauna comparable to that on Earth such as creatures with mouth, eyes, limbs etc.) But nonetheless diverse enough to be noticeably alien. There’s also large alien damages on the surface and thirteen moons around the planet that are thought to be artificial, given their consistent spacing and identical orbit. Even using the ring system, the time it takes to get at Ilus is substantial. It requires a typical ship about 18 months for getting there from the Earth, and transmissions carry five hours for traveling the distance.

The Expanse (TV series)

An American TV channel named Syfy declared a straight to series persistence for a TV adaptation of The Expanse in the year April 2014, placing your order producing 10 hours lengthier episodes for a very first season and opened in December 2015. The series cast Thomas Jane and Steven Strait as Josephus Miller and Jim Holden respectively. The remaining crew of the Rocinante is performed by Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham as Naomi Nagata, Alex Kamal, and Amos Burton respectively.

Leviathan Wakes (Book#1)

Humankind has colonized the solar system which includes The Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, but the stars continue to be away from our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of the ice miner producing runs from the Saturn rings to the exploration stations from the Belt. When he and his folks come across a derelict ship, named The Scopuli, they finish up in control of a top secret they in no way wanted. A top secret that somebody would like to kill for and wipe out on a level unfathomable to Mr.Jim and also his crew. War is happening in the solar system unless of course he can discover who still left the ship and the reason why.

Detective Miller is seeking a girl. One young lady in a system of gigantic amounts, but her mom and dad has money and cash talks. Once the trail prospects him to The Scopuli and digital rebel sympathizer named Holden, he understands that this girl could be the answer to everything.

Holden and Miller should twine the needle involving the Earth government, secretive operations and the External Planet revolutionaries, and the odds are against them. But in the Belt, the guidelines are very different, and then one tiny ship can alter the destiny of the galaxy.

Caliban’s War (Book #2)

For somebody that did not plan to damage the solar system’s delicate stability of power, Jim Holden does quite a great job of it. When a solitary super soldier starts slaughtering troopers of Earth and the Mars, the competition is onto uncover whether this is the van-guard of an unfamiliar army, or if the threat lies nearer to house.

Abaddon’s Gate (Book #3)

The mind blowing 3rd novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times best-selling Expanse series is this one. Now a Syfy Unique series, arriving in December 2015.

For decades, the solar system including the Mars, Asteroid Belt, the Moon was humankind’s greatest frontier so far. The alien artifact doing work through its system underneath the atmosphere of Venus has made an appearance in orbit of the Uranus, where it’s built an enormous gate leading to a star-less dark.

Jim Holden and his crew of the Rocinante are a part of a massive flotilla of technological and military services ships visiting look at the artifact. But behind the curtain, a complicated plot is unfolding, with all the devastation of Holden at its key. Since the emissaries of the human race try to look for perhaps the gate is a chance or a menace, the best danger may be the one they brought along.

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Will there be The Expanse season 7? Amazon Prime series renewal status explored

F ans have been waiting to hear if there will be The Expanse season 7 since season 6 ended almost two years ago. But Amazon said there won't be The Expanse season 7 after season 6.

The show started in 2015 on SyFy and got a lot of loyal fans because of its exciting story and interesting characters. However, it had to face cancellation in May 2018. Later, Amazon renewed the show for three more seasons. The final episode of The Expanse season 6 aired on Prime Video on January 14, 2022.

The Expanse season 7: A Stellar Journey Comes to an End

The Expanse , a popular show on Amazon Prime Video, is considered one of the best sci-fi series. It's set in a future where humans live on Mars and other parts of the solar system. The show mixes politics, fights between planets, and people trying to gain power.

In a recent talk with Gizmodo, Director Naren Shankar explained why they decided to end the series after season six. He mentioned the support from Amazon and Alcon in wrapping up the story well. Shankar's comments suggested that ending the story at the end of book six was always a thought, to give a sense of closure.

Talking about bringing back The Expanse , Shankar said it's up to Alcon Television and Amazon. He stressed the need to see if fans are interested and if the studio wants to explore more stories in The Expanse universe.

The Expanse season 7? Exploring Endings and Potential Futures

The conclusion of The Expanse's sixth season has sparked discussions among netizens, with the possibility of having a definite ending or if the story may go on. Director Naren Shankar pointed out a hefty act, that is a notable 30-year time jump in the books following the events of season six.

Even though it might seem scary to handle such a big change in time, Shankar suggested that he, producer Ty Franck, and author Daniel Abraham are excited about continuing the story.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said,

"I'm certainly not betraying any confidence to say that [producers] Ty [Franck], Daniel [Abraham], and I – speaking for ourselves – would love to do it. It would be a remarkable thing to complete the whole book series that way. And I certainly hope we get to do it."

No Possibility for The Expanse season 7

Fans say goodbye to their favorite characters and wait to hear what will happen next. The Expanse's impact on science fiction TV remains strong, even though it was canceled suddenly after season three because it cost too much to make.

Luckily for fans, Amazon rescued the show, letting the story of the Rocinante crew and the mysterious protomolecule go on for three extra seasons. However, despite the support of loyal viewers and the creators, The Expanse finished on January 14, 2022, when its last episode aired on Prime Video.

Fans are somewhat upset about the show ending and are curious about what could have happened in The Expanse season 7. Even though we're not sure what will happen next, the show will always be remembered by its dedicated fans.

Will there be The Expanse season 7? Amazon Prime series renewal status explored

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Expats episode 5 recap: 8 story reveals.

By focusing on all those close to Margaret, Mercy, and Hilary, Expats episode 5 finally showed how Gus's disappearance affected all in different ways.

Warning! SPOILERS about Expats episode 5 ahead.

  • Expats episode 5 shines a light on the lives of the domestic workers and their wishes, highlighting the challenges they face.
  • Hilary's divorce represents her refusal to stay in an unhappy marriage and prioritize her own well-being.
  • Puri's friends' warnings about maintaining boundaries with Hilary proved true when she missed her talent show audition.

The typhoon hitting Hong Kong in Expats episode 5 brought with it a figurative storm in the lives of Margaret, Hilary, Mercy and all those close to them. Taking a step back from focusing on the inner feelings of Margaret, Mercy and Hilary, Expats episode 5 especially shone a light on Clarke’s tribulations, Charly’s life as a student that only knew life in Hong Kong, and Olivia’s similar marriage situation to Hilary’s. While Hilary, Margaret and Mercy were still part of the episode’s developments, their perspectives weren’t at its center , and their feelings constituted only one variable among many.

Expats episode 5’s shifted focus especially put a spotlight on the domestic workers employed by the expats in Hong Kong, with a particular interest in the lives of Puri, who works for Hilary and David, and Essie, who had been with the Woos since before Gus was born. The episode revealed their wishes and their feelings, focusing on how Gus’s disappearance hit Essie, and how Puri’s lifelong dream to become a singer was closer than ever due to the upcoming talent show audition. However, their desires were soon shattered once Expats episode 5 brought the focus back to the expats.

Sarayu Blue as Hilary, Nicole Kidman as Margaret, and Ji-young Yoo as Mercy in Expats

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8 the domestic workers' warnings foreshadowed puri's fate, maintaining the boundaries might have served puri's interests.

Amelyn Pardenilla as Puri in Expats episode 5

Opening with the day off of Puri, Essie and many of the domestic workers they know, Expats episode 5 brilliantly provided an insight into the lives of the characters seen throughout Expats but whose wishes were never explored. In particular, Puri’s social circle had many warnings for her once she shared that she viewed Hilary as a friend, with her domestic worker acquaintances reminding Puri of their differences, and most importantly of the fact that she was Hilary’s employee first and foremost.

Puri didn’t mind their warnings too much because of Hilary’s kindness in giving her the morning off for the talent show audition, and her night drinking with Hilary and her suggestions to present herself in the best possible way also confirmed her initial belief. However, Expats episode 5’s ending proved Puri’s friends right, as, at the end of the night when Hilary treated her as a friend, Puri was again just her employee whose commitments Hilary didn’t care for , relegating Puri to miss her chance to audition for a talent show.

7 David Taking The Coffee Maker Showed How His & Hilary's Brutal Fight Was Final

The coffee machine was the only thing he said he missed.

Jack Huston as David and Sarayu Blue as Hilary in Expats episode 5

The ordeal in Expats episode 4 between Hilary and her mother made Hilary realize that she didn’t want to stay in an unhappy marriage like her, fully inspiring her to file for divorce. That didn’t stop David from returning to the home they shared to tell Hilary about Mercy being pregnant, making their split final because of what that development meant for Hilary’s reputation in the expat circles . The finality of their vicious fight was also mirrored by David’s choice to take the coffee machine, the only thing he previously told Mercy he missed from his and Hilary’s home.

6 Olivia's Plans About Her Marriage Couldn't Mirror Hilary's

She wanted hilary to inspire her, but she knew she had always played by different rules.

Flora Chan as Olivia Chu in Expats episode 5

Olivia’s bewilderment upon hearing the news of Hilary’s divorce had more to do with her unhappy marriage than Hilary’s. Indeed, Expats episode 5 progressively showed how Olivia’s words of encouragement to Hilary saying that her and David’s crisis didn’t need to be that final were aimed at her unhappy marriage, which seemed a loveless arrangement from her husband’s behavior. Emboldened by being left alone and with a collapsing ceiling, Olivia almost believed she could do like Hilary and leave. However, in the end, her mother’s practical instructions prevailed, reminding Olivia why she chose that pragmatic arrangement with her husband.

5 Hilary Filing For Divorce Meant Looking After Herself

She made official her refusal to stay in a marriage that had already ended.

Sarayu Blue as Hilary Starr in Expats episode 5

Expats episode 4 ending with Hilary exhilaratingly opening doors and windows to let the rain in the apartment already hinted at a big change about to happen in her life. However, Expats episode 5 revealed the realization she came through was divorcing David, and its proof was how relieved she was after filing for divorce. Indeed, spending time with her mother in the elevator only confirmed Hilary never wanted to keep trying to save a marriage that couldn’t be saved, and that was the push she needed to finally put herself first instead of her relationship with David.

4 The Shenzhen Trip Was The Deathblow For Clarke's Wellbeing

The impossible situation & the focus of his prayers undid him.

Clarke was the one keeping it together before the Shenzhen trip, much more than Margaret, whose dark attitude in Expats episode 4 didn’t let her see past her feelings and beliefs. However, praying that the body they were there to identify was Gus’s shattered Clarke, as he didn’t believe himself worthy of being Gus’s father after having had that thought. The event broke him, and only Pastor Alan Mambo’s words about death not being the worst outcome , as it still provided closure, started to make Clarke accept why he prayed for what he did , somewhat soothing his conscience.

3 Essie's Pain Proved That Gus's Disappearance Deeply Affected Her

She put her family second because she cared about philip & daisy's wellbeing.

Ruby Ruiz as Essie in Expats episode 5

While Expats ' initial episodes hinted at Essie's close bond with all the children and especially Gus, it never centered on her reaction to Gus's disappearance. Essie's heart-to-heart with Puri finally revealed what she thought. Indeed, their exchange gave Expats the chance to reveal Essie's raw feelings about the ordeal, and how she had put her life on hold because she didn't want to leave Daisy and Philip alone in their loss. Just like Puri mistakenly viewed Hilary as a friend, Essie saw the Woos as her family, and her miscalculation resulted in her real family suffering because of it .

2 Essie & Puri Both Came Up Short Due To Not Setting Clear Boundaries

Essie will miss the chance to spend time with family & puri missed the talent audition.

Amelyn Pardenilla as Puri in Expats, episode 5-1

Puri's friends had warned her that she shouldn't have considered Hilary her friend, but she still believed in her. Puri continued to give Hilary the benefit of the doubt even after Hilary basically forced her to drink with her not to leave her alone, put makeup on her and gave her a dress, masking her need for company as a way to help her. However, the next day, Puri still went back to being just Hilary's employee, and she even missed her audition to care for Hilary, essentially going against her own interests because she hadn't set clear boundaries .

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Essie also suffered because of the absence of clear boundaries with the Woos. While Gus's disappearance made everything more difficult, she could have finally returned to her family with the Woos deciding to leave. However, Margaret's speech complicated everything, as offering Essie a job in the US would have made it possible for Essie to continue to care for Daisy and Philip, about whom Essie was worried. While Expats episode 5's ending didn't disclose her answer, it could be very difficult for Essie to refuse, and she could end up being collateral damage to the expats' wishes just like Puri .

1 The Woos' Impromptu Dinner With Pastor Alan Finally Let Margaret See The Truth

Seeing daisy, philip & clarke's pain finally made margaret put them first.

Margaret couldn’t see that her family was suffering since Expats ’ premiere, as she was only focused on potentially finding Gus or managing her feelings. However, hearing Pastor Alan Mambo’s speech and seeing with her own eyes Daisy and Philip’s suffering made their pain unavoidable . Clarke’s lashing out at her also forced Margaret to see how much of a shell they were compared to who they were before Gus disappeared, and all because they couldn’t communicate nor move on as a family. Expats episode 6 will have many knots to untangle before the Woos can find their peace.

The Expats series finale will release on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, February 23.

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