‘The Expanse’: Inside the Most Riveting TV Sequence of the Year So Far

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 5, Episode 9, “Winnipesaukee.”]The end of “The Expanse” Season 5 is turning out to breathtaking in more ways than one.

After building to an oxygen-gasping hard vacuum jump just a few weeks ago, the show embraces that kind of tension on an even bigger scale in its penultimate episode, “Winnipesaukee.” Switching its attention from the void of space to the aftermath of Marco Inaros’ devastating attack on Earth, “The Expanse” follows the group led by Amos (Wes Chatham) as they try to board and rig a private shuttle to escape the planet.The episode culminates in a dazzlingly executed sequence where this ragtag crew fights to fend off the private security forces bent on taking the shuttle for themselves.

From the surprise ambush, all the way through the fiery launch, it’s a real-time battle that’s as impressive in its conception as it is in its execution.If

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