Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ to Expand to a Second Season

Syfy just announced that they’ve renewed The Expanse for a second season — only four episodes into its first. The show — from Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the duo who co-wrote Children of Men (with Alfonso Cuarón…and a couple of others) — is based on the novel series of the same name by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

The Expanse, for those who haven’t followed its first episodes, is a space opera starring Shohreh Aghdashloo, Thomas Jane, Dominique Tipper and Steven Strait, and envisions a 200 years-from-now future where humans live throughout the solar system. It focuses on three separate narratives (one of a policeman hailing from the asteroid belt who’s searching for the missing Julie Mao, another of the executive officer of an ice freighter that’s blown up, and another of a United Nations worker in New York trying to prevent a potential war) — all of which are interwoven by a dangerous conspiracy.

According to a press release from Syfy, the second season order is for 13 episodes (the first season consists of 10), which will begin airing sometime in early 2017.