Expanse Season 5 Unconventional Love Triangle Explained by Dominique Tipper
EXCLUSIVE: Dominique Tipper discusses the love triangle between Naomi Nagata, safe Holden and dangerous Inaros in The Expanse season 5.
The Expanse season 5’s unconventional love triangle is explained by star Dominique Tipper. A key member of the show’s cast from day one, the character of Naomi Nagata as played by Tipper has gone through a lot of drama over the course of five seasons of The Expanse, and more is coming in season 5.
The Belter Nagata of course started out the series working on the ice hauler Canterbury, escaping the destruction of that ship along with Holden, Alex and Amos – the eventual crew of the salvaged Martian ship the Rocinante. Naomi then found herself in the thick of the action as the crew uncovered the existence of the mysterious alien protomolecule at the center of the show’s story, while also striking up a sexual relationship with Holden. Later, Naomi left the Rocinante to crew up with her fellow Belters on the warship the Behemoth, reconnecting with her old friend Drummer, but her tour on the OPA ship would be short-lived as she soon returned to help the Rocinante as it was trapped inside the alien ring. Season 4 then explored Naomi’s past, as the show revealed her former association with Free Navy leader Marco Inaros, with whom she had a son named Filip who now works with his father.
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As season 5 of The Expanse begins, Naomi is again ready to leave behind the Rocinante, this time to find her son who is living on asteroid Pallas. Of course this decision will cause her to cross paths with Inaros, who has become a major player in system politics after his asteroid attack on Earth. As Nagata actress Tipper explained exclusively to ScreenRant, the Naomi/Holden/Inaros love triangle set to emerge in season 5 is bound to get very interesting especially for Naomi. Tipper said that when audiences see Naomi and Inaros together they will better understand why she went for a “safer” guy like Holden. It’s even possible, she says, that her passion for Holden is less strong because he’s not as radical and dangerous as Inaros. The push-and-pull Naomi feels indeed plays a big part in the upcoming season, as Tipper explained:
I think what you see is not only her fighting to save her son – in her own head, saving him – she’s also in between these two things. She went away from him, towards this thing she now is. Marco represents one, and Holden represents the other. And I think what’s gorgeous about the interactions with Marco is there’s always that thing of like, “Is he going to manage to pull her this way?” Away from that Holden safety she’s created, or is she always there? She’s just come for her son.
But though Naomi may be drawn to Marco again, Tipper says “I think what’s beautiful about the scenes is you’re never sure, and I think Naomi’s working out as well, actually. It’s the most danger she’s ever been in emotionally; Marco’s dangerous for her.”
Marco is indeed dangerous for everyone in the system, as he proved by sending a volley of stealth asteroids toward Earth. The emotional dynamic that develops as Naomi seeks out her son, and possibly finds herself once again drawn to Marco and his danger, will be something to watch as The Expanse season 5 plays out. And what of Holden while Naomi is off looking for her son and dealing with her feelings for Marco? Drama is surely coming.
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