A driving force of The Expanse’s internal dynamics is the longstanding conflict between the wealthy Earth, the plucky Mars, and the chaotic Belt. The relationship interplay between all three factions is in full effect when Earther politician Chrisjen Avarasala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) meets United Nations Navy Admiral Delgado (Michael Irby) for her newest ploy to keep Earth safe.
While this has all the makings of a dramatic scene in its own right, some fans on Reddit seem greatly bothered by the joke Delgado tells during their meeting — yet never finishes.
The joke is a variation of the “three men walk into a bar” template, in which the Belter asks for a Martian drink, while the Martian wants an Earther one, both proclaiming in turn that “drinking like my enemy lets me think like my enemy.” Unfortunately, Delgado is interrupted before saying what the Earther orders, which presumably would have been the punchline. “Is it ever finished in the books?” user switchedatdivorce asked, on the aforementioned Reddit thread, regarding the joke. “What is it? It’s driving me NUTS since I LOVE ‘walk into a bar’ jokes.”