The following are a few notes I took while watching The Expanse Season 3 Episode 13. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.

The Expanse Season 3 Episode 13In The Expanse Season 3 Episode 13, things come to a head in the Season 3 finale. Holden and his allies must stop Ashford’s team from destroying the Ring, and with it perhaps all of humanity.

Tonight’s finale definitely represented a huge turning point for The Expanse. For three seasons, we’ve been introduced to the solar system as it might appear 200 years in the future, complete with all of our same human failings. Unlike Star Trek or Star Wars or a million other franchises, there aren’t aliens running around left and right. It was all about humanity, which remains true at least for the foreseeable future. The difference going forward is that it’s now possible for the show to expand exponentially.

Obviously, this was a direct follow up on the previous episode, the two forming a two-parter to cap off the third season. In a way, it’s a bit ironic that we’ve spent the past several weeks with the entire cast trapped in a pocket of space only to have the entire universe opened up to them, but it was definitely an adventurous finale.

Camina Drummer, pharmaceutical salesperson

Few things gave me more of a sense of dread than watching Drummer prepare to, once again, sacrifice herself. Hence the facetious heading above, which is basically my way of saying she made me need a bump to my blood pressure medication. Luckily, Naomi’s quick thinking kept that from having to occur. It should stand as a testament to the writing, however, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I was literally almost holding my breath, only for the release to come so quickly and triumphantly that I actually cheered. This show plays with my emotions, and that was never more apparent than with The Expanse Season 3 Episode 13.

Going forward…

Saying I’m excited for next season doesn’t even do it justice. Thankfully, Amazon had the wisdom to save this show from cancellation, because the ending montage would have driven me crazy. I thought the image of Avasarala staring at the hologram of the Ring Gates was a great way to tie everything up. Just the look on her face alone communicated the gravity of the future for humanity. In the end, the overall theme of the season finale seemed to be about humanity’s need to learn to cooperate. I’m not sure there could’ve been a more fitting dilemma than having the central climax be all about humanity being in danger of being wiped out because different factions, all trying to work towards the same goal, are failing to do it together and listen to one another.

I also thought it was a very interesting choice to make it clear that the nucleus station, in the guise of Miller, is basically using humanity to try to discover what happened to its long-dead creators. What a wonderful and mysterious way to end the season! Thank God that wasn’t a cliffhanger that would have ended the entire show. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done with myself.

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