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The Expanse Season 3 Finale | Reviews

The first review says nice things about Liz and the second one is more an analysis of her character, but interesting. 🙂

Over the second half of this season there has also been an increase in the emotional depth of many characters, and there has been a lot of excellent character moments, giving great insight. This is exemplified by the brilliance of Elizabeth Mitchell as Anna, who has portrayed the pain and conflict of her character, alongside her drive to care and minister to all. Over this episode we see a growing connection with Amos (Wes Chatham), who is essentially closed off emotionally, yet she seems to be able to have some kind of dialogue with him, unlike many others.

Anna’s conflict is typified by her reaction to Clarissa/Melba (Nadine Nicole), as they have her subdued in the Rocinante med bay. On one hand she is angry at her, but also still wants to give her Mercy. Like Elizabeth Mitchell, Nadine Nicole has been a stand out in this second half of the season, and she has some great scenes in this episode.


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The Expanse Season 3 Finale Stills & Recap

Such a wasted opportunity:  Syfy’s site only posted these photos of Liz from the last two episodes and there were so many beautiful/heartbreaking/sassy (like the scenes with Clarissa) facial expressions they could have captured. Elizabeth was WONDERFUL in the finale! We just can’t get over how great she was. SHE IS SO TALENTED!

Does it ever happen to you when you see something so beautiful that you are moved into tears by that? Liz’s talent has that effect on us!

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The official recap is under the break:

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The Expanse Showrunner About Anna

The Expanse’s showrunner Naren Shankar talked about the adaptation of the books and what they changed from them to create the show. This is only the part that concerns Anna.

We’ll talk more about what you have in store for season 4 in a bit, but let’s get into what happened this season. First off, you really sped through book 3, Abaddon’s Gate, doing the whole thing in seven episodes — much faster than the first two books. Why the accelerated pace for what is, in my opinion, one of the best books in the series?
Book 3 was a challenging thing to adapt. What was tricky about Abaddon’s Gate was that it starts with an entirely new cast of characters. It kind of builds up to getting them through the Ring. It’s more philosophical than intellectual. The space where they go into, it’s sort of the most… I don’t want to use this term disparagingly at all, but sort of science-fiction-y thing we have done in the run of the show. Which tends to be sort of more like science-realistic, or at least tries to achieve that. So for a lot of reasons, we felt like we had 13 episode seasons, we were gonna finish off Caliban’s War mid-season. We took the approach that we compressed it and we launched Anna, who was the character, really kind of the focus character in Abaddon’s Gate, early in the season, which we did because she is not actually in the second book at all.

Yeah, you gave her a prequel, basically.
That’s right, we gave her a history, we gave her a connection to Earth and the government, and we changed her backstory, but that would enable us to get through the end of that because it was such a great season-ender. It was such a momentous thing and such a huge game-changer for the world of The Expanse. We always felt like that would be a great place to end the season. So I think it was all those factors together that led to the decision to compress that narrative into seven episodes.


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The Expanse Finale | Cas And Anna About Elizabeth

Thanks everybody from the cast&crew for this amazing season, thanks to anybody who has loved & appreciated that gem that Elizabeth is. Our love and admiration for her is immense. She is phenomenal and owns our hearts! Reading your sincere words about how amazing she is makes our hearts happy!


This is what Can Anvar and Anna Hopkins tweeted during the episode:

Amazing finale! Everybody listened to what Anna was saying, even Clarissa. Love that so much and the final scene between Liz and  Nadine Nicole was so satisfying! Perfect!

We also love a lot all the scenes between Anna and Amos.

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