Picard Season 3: the Last Season of Star Trek Series, Starring Patrick Stewart, Is on the Way!
Even though we were fortunate enough to have seen Sir Patrick Stewart return as Jean-Luc in Star Trek: Picard, this already feels like the endgame is approaching just too quickly.
Having season two concluded, then there is just one more chapter until we say goodbye to the show for good, so will the hero be laid to rest too though, or would he return with the ever-growing Star Trek universe. The big question right?
Season two will, at the very least, not be as extended as season three. The authorities over at Star Trek wanted to shoot the second or third seasons back-to-back to make up for missed production cycle during the pandemic.
Even with the latest batch of episodes being filmed one after another with the second season, the series will be finished, plus we can expect several returning members of the cast to return to the universe. This means we Trekkies have a lot to look forward to. So, here’s everything we know well about Star Trek: Picard season 3.
Picard Season 3: When Can We See the New Season?
Star Trek: Picard season 3, as recently reported, was shot shortly following the second season, and that wasn’t easy for everyone involved, especially Patrick Stewart.
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Following the season two conclusion, people’s beloved captain stated to Variety that shooting for the third season will be complete in March 2022. Sir Patrick acknowledged he was “still healing from it” five weeks later, which makes us quite excited for what’s to come.
While Paramount+ really hasn’t announced the show’s launch date, it looks that the streaming platform is targeting a spring 2023 release, nearly a year after the latest season is finished.
Picard Season 3: What’s the Storyline of the Show?
The very first season of Star Trek: Picard focused on two incidents that were truly holdovers of previous Star Trek movies: Data’s death in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis, whom Picard battles with for most of the first season, and Romulus’ destruction in 2009’s Star Trek, which was used to introduce the synthetic humans that helped prevent the rescue of Romulan refugees and ultimately set the stage for Picard to resign from Star Fleet.
Picard is obligated to help these synths because the two synthetic twins were already connected by his old friend Data. All this results in Picard discovering the residence of Data’s original creator and, in order to avoid his ultimate death, he decides to become a synthetic at the end of season one.
This returns towards where we had last seen Picard, that is boarding the ship La Sirena with such a new patchwork crew, bound for whatever new journey lies ahead. Picard is transferred to the year 2024 with a few of his old friends of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Jerri Ryan’s Seven of Nine as well as Michelle Hurd’s Raffi Musiker, in season 2.
Picard and his companions must figure out what the all-powerful Q has done to alter the chronology, resulting in the formation of a xenophobic replica of Starfleet known as the Confederation of Earth, and it’s on a mission to wipe out all alien life.
Again for time being, more concrete story points are unclear, however, Stewart did hint perhaps season three might be the most intriguing of all.
“One of the very first things I remarked when I read the end of season two for the first time was, ‘Where the hell are we supposed to go from here?’ Because it appeared as if there was a settlement. For a brief period, I worried aloud, ‘Oh goodness, are we going to wrap early and the program will vanish?’ However, we did not do so. Picard season 3, in many ways, proved as one of the most intriguing episodes and moments of the entire show.”
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With season 2 just over, it’s safe to assume that Paramount+ seems to have no intention of allowing Jean Luc Picard to leave.
He’s digging around his old Star Trek: The Next Generation equipment in the new season three trailer, and now that we see Picard as well as his old colleague Riker Jonathan Frakes standing beside one another, aiming phasers at somebody else.
Picard Season 3: Who Is Coming Back for the Final Season?
Regarding the conclusion of the second season, we anticipate the main characters to come back for Picard season 3, that is Patrick Stewart in his ultimate role of Jean-Luc Picard, Michelle Hurd will reprise his role of Rafaella “Raffi” Musiker, Evan Evagora will be seen in the role of Elnor, and Jeri Ryan will be seen as Seven of Nine.
Alison Pill would be an exception since she stated recently that her character of Agnes Jurati will not be coming back for the final season. Not only that, but Santiago Cabrera’s participation is also in doubt now that his character Cristobal “Chris” Rios had also chosen to remain in the past as well as live out his days there.
In addition, several extremely important cast and crew have indeed been brought up to replace them. Picard already had indicated that a large number of legendary Next Generation personalities will play a prominent role in the third season even before season two had already begun airing.
These include, LeVar Burton in the role of Lt Commander Geordi La Forge, Michael Dorn as the Worf, Gates McFadden will be seen as Dr. Beverly Crushe, then Jonathan Frakes will be seen as the character Commander William T Riker, Marina Sirtis will be playing the role of Counselor Deanna Troi and lastly, Brent Spiner will play the role of Data.
Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait until the following 2023 for anything other than a new trailer. But worry not, since the show’s creators, as well as our never-ending love for Patrick, provided us a teaser for the series finale, which itself was revealed already before season 2 had finished broadcasting.