‘Star Trek: Picard’ Showrunner Drops Clues About Season 3 Featured Ship And More

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Showrunner Drops Clues About Season 3 Featured Ship And More

The third season of Star Trek: Picard has already been filmed and it will feature the return of the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now showrunner Terry Matalas is dropping more hints about the final chapter of Picard.

Not the Stargazer

This weekend showrunner Terry Matalas shared a short video from the set of season three, which began shooting right after season two wrapped last September. The video shows the crew being informed not to sit in the bridge chairs unless their name is Terry or Doug (director Doug Aarniokoski).

From the time shooting began on season three last September, Matalas has been sharing images of the bridge and other sets of a Starfleet ship that is going to be a major part of season three. In the season two opener and closer, we saw the USS Stargazer, which has led to the assumption that the above video and all the images shared during the production of season three are also the Stargazer, with it assumed to be be the central ship for season three. However, this weekend when a fan inquired about the video from the start of shooting on season three asking, “Should we take this to indicate that the Stargazer is a part of season 3?” Matalas revealed “That is not the Stargazer.” He also added a little smirking face emoji with that little bombshell.

Clearly, the ship shown in the video uses the same bridge set built for the Stargazer and it is hard to see any major differences. Redressing sets for different ships is of course nothing new in Star Trek. This leaves the intriguing question of what ship could it be? And will the Stargazer have any role in season three?

The season two finale also sets up a question about Seven and the Stargazer. Picard gave her a field commission and put her in charge of the ship in the season two finale. This could be setting up Seven to finally be part of Starfleet for season three, but does she stay with the Stargazer, or join this other ship?

Jeri Ryan as Seven in command of the Stargazer in the season two finale

More season 3 character clues

The return of the TNG cast includes another character mystery. What role will Brent Spiner be playing? With Spiner’s TNG character Data finally being put to rest in season one of Picard, a fan suggested that Spiner could be playing “another Soong” or possibly Lore, Data’s evil twin brother. Matalas replied, indicating Spiner would be playing something else.

A good guess for Spiner’s role in season three would be a return to his season one character of the cyberneticist Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, who was last seen on the Synth homeworld in 2399. So while it would be a Soong, technically it wouldn’t be “yet another Soong,” since he has already played the part. The only clue so far is Spiner’s dialog heard in voice-over in the season three cast announcement video saying “Evolution is not an act of preservation. It’s addition,” which fits with the character of Altan Soong. However, with Spiner, one never knows what role he could wind up playing in Star Trek.

Brent Spiner as Altan Soong in season one of Picard

Another fan question Matalas cryptically answered this weekend was about the possibility of seeing Laris in season three. The season two finale ended with Laris and Picard finally coming together. Picard being able to express his love was the entire point of Q’s time travel lesson for the season. Asked if we will “get to see Laris and Jean Luc together in season 3,” Matalas replied “Yes.  But…”

As indicated in our report earlier in the week, Orla Brady indicated she wrapped up her work playing Laris early on during the production of season three. So it’s possible that Matalas is indicating Laris appears in season three, but isn’t a major part of the season.

Patrick Stewart as Picard and Orla Brady as Laris in the season two finale

ICYMI: Season 3 cast announcement

There is no word yet on when the third season of Star Trek: Picard will debut.

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