Fans awaiting the premiere of The Expanse season 5 may think they know Amos Burton and the other members of the Rocinante pretty well by now, and readers of the James S.A. Corey novels are likely smug about their foreknowledge of the events to come. However, a recent EW interview with showrunner Naren Shankar reveals that adept viewers may already have many clues as to what they might learn about Amos’ past this year.
Shankar drew attention, for example, to the in-depth interview Monica Stuart did with the ship’s mechanic back in season 3. Amos confirmed that he started as a union apprentice without a sponsor after escaping the slums of Baltimore by winning a lottery drawing, and Monica was suspicious of the amazing good fortune for a kid who grew up on Basic. Could it be more than a matter of luck?
Aside from a birth certificate and his supposed lottery win at age 15, Amos has no official government records tying him to a specific past. “I did talk to some locals, though, and they told me about a guy who was also named Amos Burton who was some sort of mob boss,” Monica told Amos in season three. “But that couldn’t be you because you left the city when you were fifteen.” Amos responded simply that it was a common name before smashing the reporter’s camera, but might we meet some of Amos’ criminal contacts in The Expanse season 5?
Fast forward to The Expanse season 4 finale, and we see Amos headed back to Earth. “There’s a lot of mystery attached to Amos’ backstory around Baltimore,” Shankar told EW. “Without telling specifically why he heads back, you’re going to get a lot of answers to it. Things are going to feel really, really satisfying because it illuminates a side of him that nobody else on the Roci gets to see. Nobody else really knows, but the audience is going to get to go with Amos to experience it.”