On Thursday, the third season of Star Trek: Discovery wraps up with “That Hope Is You, Part 2.” This has been a complex season with a lot of different storylines going on. Looking at the season so far and the preview trailer for the finale—and taking some screen caps to get an even closer look, some of which you can see below—we are ready to make predictions. Some are more likely than others, but it’s a finale so let’s go for broke and see what sticks.
Gray will become a real character
Season three introduced us to two new characters: Adira (a human with a Trill symbiont), and Gray (Adira’s boyfriend, the Trill’s previous host, now deceased). Ever since Adira successfully joined with the Tal symbiont, they have been able to (on again off again) see and communicate with Gray, which is not how Trill joining usually goes. No one else can see Gray, making for some awkward moments with Stamets (who considers Adira his child). It’s been confirmed that Ian Alexander will be returning in season four as Gray, but existing solely as a sort of ghost only visible to Adira doesn’t make for a sustainable storyline. One solution would be for Gray to find a way to exist in the real world—and the season finale trailer may hint at a solution. We see Gray as a Vulcan, showing that the holodeck on the KSF Khi’eth might recognize him as a unique individual and manifest him as a hologram character, visible to others. Perhaps there can be a way to keep this hologram version of Gray going even after the holodeck is turned off (which we can also see in the trailer), either via a mobile emitter or through some kind of technology we haven’t seen yet… it might even explain why Adira is seeing him in the first place.
The Sphere Data will become Zora
Even before the season started, we were talking about Zora the AI from the Short Treks episode “Calypso” finding her way into season three, and we’ve seen hints of the Sphere Data evolving into Zora throughout the season. The latest was in episode 312, when the Sphere Data took over the DOT-23 robots and spoke to Tilly using Zora’s voice. The final piece of this arc will be for the Sphere Data to reintegrate with the ship and choose a name, becoming a new character on the show.
Federation HQ will be abandoned
Season three started off with the search for Federation HQ, which was found hidden inside a shield. Together the leadership of what remains of Starfleet and the Federation have been hiding out and putting out fires for the handful of planets still within reach. Episode 312 featured Osyraa finding the secret hideout and sneaking inside that shield barrier with the USS Discovery, and the trailer for 313 shows her attacking the HQ and blasting her way out, vowing to obliterate the Federation. Osryaa also mocked Admiral Vance for the isolation and artifice they have created for themselves. For the Federation to return to glory, perhaps they need to literally come out of their protective bubble and rejoin the galaxy… and maybe start eating some real apples.
Kovich’s role revealed
Since he was introduced this season, the mysterious Kovich, played by David Cronenberg, has fascinated us. Early on we theorized that he appears to be involved with or heading up Starfleet Intelligence or maybe Section 31. That is still a very strong contender based on his follow-up appearance. Our backup theory was that Kovich was the President of the Federation, and in episode 312 Osyraa pointedly asked why she was negotiating with Vance and not with the President, hinting at a possible POTUFP appearance in the finale. If you look VERY closely at the finale preview, you can spot Kovich through the window of Federation HQ along with Vance, so we think we will be getting some answers about this character, who is already confirmed to return in season 4.
Vulcans (and more) to the rescue
It’s no surprise that the finale trailer shows a big battle with The Emerald Chain raging at Federation HQ, and at one point you can hear Admiral Vance say, “The Federation is done for.” But all season long, the crew of the USS Discovery have been making friends with former members of the Federation. In episode 312 Michael sent a mayday message to her mother, who is living on Ni’Var (formerly Vulcan) and is a member of the Qowat Milat (and champion of lost causes). That means there’s a good chance the Vulcans and Romulans of Vulcan will come riding to the rescue, like the Klingons and Kelpiens did in the season two finale battle with Control. Also, in his recent TrekMovie interview, Doug Jones hinted that we will see President T’Rina again. It wouldn’t be surprising if they brought along some former friends from Earth or Trill, who we also met this season.
Aurellio will kill Osryaa
Episode 312 introduced the Emerald Chain scientist Aurellio, played by Kenneth Mitchell. This character had a strong bond with Osryaa and she even suggested he could be the ambassador for the Chain following an armistice. However, Aurellio appeared to be just focused on his work in science, believing he was doing good for the galaxy and unaware of Oaryaa and the Chain’s atrocities. His eyes were opened a bit by Paul Stamets, and his reaction to seeing Osyraa kill Ryn was clear. Someone has to take her down in the finale, and we can think of no one more fitting than Aurellio.
A change in leadership
Early on in season three, the big question about who will lead the USS Discovery in the 32nd century was settled with Saru as captain and Michael as his first officer. After insubordination and hesitation in her commitment to Starfleet, Michael was replaced by Tilly as “acting” first officer. Throughout the season we’ve seen Saru go through some growing pains, earning him some critiques from Admiral Vance. Tilly has also had mixed success. And as she exited the show via the Guardian of Forever, Emperor Georgiou reminded Michael that she is destined for leadership. For the last few episodes, Michael has shown a new commitment to Starfleet and the Federation, especially in 312 when she got Stamets off the ship to stop Osyraa from controlling the spore drive, even though that may have doomed Saru, Hugh, and Adira. All of this adds up to the possibility of a change for the captain’s chair and/or the position of first officer.
The crew will not be reunited
In episode 311, Saru, Adira, and Hugh were left behind in the Verubin Nebula on the Kelpien ship to deal with Su’Kal, who was revealed as the source of The Burn. This storyline wasn’t picked back up in episode 312, but the preview (and clip shown on The Ready Room) reveal we will be back in the finale. The preview shows the group on the KSF Khi’eth huddled together in what appears to be a shut down holodeck as the ship is falling apart. With so much going on, there may not be enough time to resolve both this and the Discovery/Federation storylines and reunite the crew. Bringing everyone back together could be left for season four, which would also fit into the above point on who will have command of the USS Discovery. It would also make for some major drama between Stamets and Burnham in the future.
Lt. Ina will die
Who is Lt. Ina? Exactly! Episode 312 featured Tilly and the bridge crew held hostage by the Emerald Chain, and among the group of familiar faces was the not-so-familiar Lt. Ina, introduced in episode 311. After the gang broke out, First Officer Tilly told the group they will fight their way to the bridge, ominously adding that if anyone falls along the way they will be left behind. To raise the stakes in the season finale, sacrifices will be made, so this relatively new character seems like an easy choice, and Ina can be seen in the 313 trailer with Tilly, Owo, and a DOT-23 in a corridor battle. But don’t shed a tear for Ina actress Avaah Blackwell; she has portrayed a number of characters in makeup before (including the Osnullus bridge officer), so she could return in season four.
Book will die
If they really want to amp up the stakes and sacrifice, maybe someone more familiar will meet their fate in the finale. The most likely candidate is Cleveland “Book” Booker, introduced as the main new character for season three. Book’s arc for the season began with him as an independent courier on a mission to save the tranceworms of his homeworld, and by the penultimate episode, he was fully committed to Michael and the mission of the USS Discovery. Giving his life for that mission would be the ultimate end to this mission, and he can be seen in the trailer fighting to take back the ship. This also opens up the door for another major character and actor to be introduced for season four, following the tradition of Jason Isaacs as Lorca in season one and Anson Mount as Pike in season two. If killing Book is a bit much, they could also find other ways to finish his season arc where he still makes a sacrifice and leaves the show. Either way, those emotional “I love you”s in the last episode felt a little ominous.
Riker will save the day… Again
Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker came in to save the day in the season finales of both Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks, so why not make it a hat trick? Sure it’s the wrong century and it wouldn’t make any sense, but hey it’s Star Trek: Discovery. When has that kind of stuff stopped them before? Okay, we don’t really think this is going to happen, but wouldn’t it be awesome?
What’s your prediction?
You on board for any of our predictions? Do you have any of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
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