The Expanse Finale Ending Explained

Chrisjen and the Martian Prime Minister want a governing body composed of a representative from Earth, a representative from Mars, and a representative from the Belt, but Drummer is not OK with this structure. (And neither is Ceres station administrator Nico Sanjrini, who has been a cool supporting character to see recur this season.) “An authority with two Inner votes and only one for the Belt isn’t sharing power, it’s a puppet show,” Drummer tells the table. “I will not be reasoned back into my place. Belters are promised a future, so long as it remains convenient. We are given a voice, so long as Inners control the comm. We have a vote, so long as we can always be voted down.”

While Chrisjen and the Martian PM refuse to consider giving the Belt more power, Holden attempts to broker some compromise, pointing out that Marco was only able to gain power because of the generations-long oppression of the Belt: “He was able to do what he did because so many people were angry and frightened. They saw the future, and they weren’t in it. That’s what this has to fix.” (Take note, American politicians.)

Chrisjen hears Holden’s words and, rather than listening to their message, sees an opportunity. She proposes the Transport Union be independent, and that it be governed by an “apolitical” leader, as if such a human exists, who is agreed upon unanimously by all three parties. The table agrees, and Holden gets the job… but, in his first act as President, he resigns, ceding the role to Vice President Drummer.” It’s time for Holden—and The Expanse as a story—to put its money where its mouth is, and to give us a different kind of story, one that doesn’t give power again and again to the same people, but works towards restoring justice in an incredibly unjust system. “I am an outsider, and I always will be, and there’s a problem with that,” says Holden before he resigns. In this case, justice looks like an Inner (played by a white man), giving up power for a Belter (played by an indigenous woman), who, in part because of her Belter identity and lived experiences, is more qualified for the position. James Holden is a good man, and Drummer is the right person for the job. (Side note: Drummer’s family, including Michio and Josep are back by her side!)

Chrisjen is not happy with Holden, as this means a less powerful political position for Earth—Chrisjen has more faith in her ability to manipulate Holden and/or appeal to their commonalities than she does Drummer. Unlike Holden, Chrisjen is not an optimist, and she fears this move will be bad for Earth. When she shakes his hand after his very public resignation, she smiles for the cameras, but that doesn’t mean her hope for Holden’s future is not authentic. Chrisjen may not be an optimist, but she has always put her faith in James Holden, and that says something too.

What Happens to the Roci?

With Holden’s resignation, the Roci family is free to go wherever they want. We see them depart Medina Station, setting off for destinations unknown. Bobbie has officially taken over as pilot, messing with Holden when he gives her advice on how to steer the ship. Clarissa, despite getting a complex endocrine collapse syndrome diagnosis that comes with a five-year life expectancy, seems happy to be a proper part of the Roci crew. (“I wanna earn my keep.” “This was a good start.”) Amos is Amos, which is to say he is content on the Roci, watching the people he loves’ backs. And Naomi and Holden are happy together, and in love. “Let’s just stay here for a minute,” Naomi tells him, as they’re curled up in bed together, with Holden brainstorming all of their possible next steps—anti-piracy security, colony consultants, Protomolecule investigators! For now, just for a moment, they will all rest, together with the family they have found.

Filip Survives

The Expanse Season 6 spent a great deal of time on the character of Filip, with his storyline culminating in a powerful choice that might seem anti-climactic to some, but, for me, was not only realistic, but incredibly moving. Following Rosenfeld’s death under his hands, Filip confronts his father once again about the life they lead: “How do you do it … so easily cope with all the people we’ve killed?” he asks his father, probably hoping for some kind of answer that could stop the ugly picture he has of his father and of himself solidifying in his mind. But his father doesn’t give it to him, too caught up in his own ego-driven machinations to stop and think about the kind of trauma his son has suffered, or how his disregard for Rosenfeld’s humanity might look or feel to others.