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My dear friend Admiral Michael Souther once said, "The war does not end when people put down their guns. It ends when they reconcile. Until then, the war has only paused."
— Chrisjen Avasarala, on Adm. Michael Souther

Admiral Michael Souther was an Admiral in the United Nations Navy, initially serving as Fleet Admiral before stepping down and being assigned to command the Jupiter Fleet and the UNN Agatha King.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Souther is reticent to commit troops to any maneuvers that would be deemed as an escalation especially under circumstances where it is in retaliation to any acts for whom the culprits have not been verified.

Throughout the series[edit | edit source]

Souther was formerly in command of UNN Fleet Command but, in "Doors & Corners", after the MCRN Scirocco destroyed Phoebe Station, he resigned his post. The United Nations Security Council wanted to respond to what it considered provocation when Phoebe was destroyed. Mars' moon Deimos was elected target. He was forced out for refusing to follow the order. Souther is later approached at a bar by Chrisjen Avasarala who explains his protest now prevents Souther from effectively accomplishing good. She then asks him about Fred Johnson. Avasarala arranges to have Souther reassigned as commander of the UNN Jupiter Fleet or 3rd Fleet.

After recovering the UN diplomatic dropship from the Guanshiyin debris field, early in "Assured Destruction", Souther and his officers aboard the Agatha King, Lt. Mancuso and Lt. Shaffer, identify Cotyar Ghazi. However, they received unusual orders from Admiral Nguyễn to detain any occupants in the brig. Accompanying Nguyễn for his interrogation of Cotyar, Souther soon develops suspicions and arranges subterfuge to question Cotyar one-on-one in order to get the real story. Realizing that Souther is scheming, Nguyễn relieves Souther of his command of the Agatha King.

Tensions aboard the Agatha King are high after Admiral Nguyễn relieved Admiral Souther of command. Souther's loyal senior crew are talking mutiny with commanders of other ships in the fleet. After Admiral Souther receives Errinwright's message and confirms it via Cotyar, Nguyễn calls him to the command center and relieves him of duty. Armed with the incriminating evidence, however, he cites regulations and relieves Nguyễn of command for waging illegal warfare. When Souther announces that he intends to broadcast the information to both fleets, Nguyễn and his men surprise Souther's men. In the ensuing short fight, Nguyễn shoots Souther at the heart, killing him.

Media[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season One
1 "Dulcinea"
2 "The Big Empty"
3 "Remember the Cant"Appears
4 "CQB"Appears
5 "Back to the Butcher"Absent
6 "Rock Bottom"Absent
7 "Windmills"Absent
8 "Salvage"Appears
9 "Critical Mass"Absent
10 "Leviathan Wakes"Appears
Season Two
1 "Safe"Appears
2 "Doors & Corners"Appears
3 "Static"Absent
4 "Godspeed"Absent
5 "Home"Absent
6 "Paradigm Shift"Absent
7 "The Seventh Man"Absent
8 "Pyre"Absent
9 "The Weeping Somnambulist"Absent
10 "Cascade"Absent
11 "Here There Be Dragons"Absent
12 "The Monster and the Rocket"Absent
13 "Caliban's War"Absent
Season Three
1 "Fight or Flight"Absent
2 "IFF"Absent
3 "Assured Destruction"Appears
4 "Reload"Absent
5 "Triple Point"Appears (assassinated)
6 "Immolation"Credit Only
7 "Delta-V"
8 "It Reaches Out"
9 "Intransigence"
10 "Dandelion Sky"
11 "Fallen World"
12 "Congregation"
13 "Abaddon's Gate"
Season Four
1 "New Terra"
2 "Jetsam"Mentioned
3 "Subduction"
4 "Retrograde"
5 "Oppressor"
6 "Displacement"
7 "A Shot in The Dark"
8 "The One-Eyed Man"
9 "Saeculum"
10 "Cibola Burn"

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While Admiral Souther initially wasn't given a first name in the seasons 1-3, in the fourth season, Avasarala mentioned him in her speech on Mars as "my dear friend Admiral Michael Souther".[1]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. The Expanse TV Series - Season 4, Episode 2: "Jetsam" (24:10)

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