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In the books there is no such spy on Tycho that sneaks onto Rocinante and then Eros. Why did the creators of the series add his character to the show?

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    I can't remember the book well enough to make this an answer, but my guess would be that he was added for exposition and drama. He tells them how to avoid being shot at by the martian ship, rather than having the main crew just know everything themselves. And he's an agent provocateur (or tries to be), who's exact motives are unknown to the audience; lots of scenes where he sows seeds of mistrust and such. And he's someone for others to interact with to better establish their characters. – Flambino Feb 5 '17 at 0:11
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    This is all supposition, but remember that Chrisjen did not exist as a character in book one. As a result, from what I recall, the book was written from a more limited perspective of primarily Miller's and Holden's pov, and we do not actively see what Earth government is up to as much. By adding the wider perspective of Chrisjen, it necessitated adding in details to show what Earth government was up to at all points. So one of those new details took the form of the spy character. The spy also as @Flambino said, served some other purposes that helped the story in other ways – Kai Feb 5 '17 at 15:01
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    Actually, neither of these are answers; they're just comments. @Flambino why don't you expand your comment into an answer? – SQB Mar 6 '17 at 14:13
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    @Kai, why don't you? – SQB Mar 6 '17 at 14:13
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    @SQB I didn't want to write an answer, as I have no sources to back it up and haven't read the books (the character might exist in some form there, but I wouldn't know). So I can't truly answer the question of "Why did the creators add him?"; my comment is speculation and supposition. Hence why it's a comment, not an answer. I'd rather have someone who can cite sources or source material - like Kai, who appears to have read the books - post a proper answer. – Flambino Mar 6 '17 at 14:19

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