Last January when appearing on The View to promote the first season of Star Trek: Picard, Sir Patrick Stewart formally invited Whoopi Goldberg to appear in season two, reprising her Star Trek: The Next Generation role of Guinan. Now the EGOT-winner is talking a little bit about doing just that.
Goldberg excited about joining Picard
The latest issue of SFX Magazine includes a brief interview with Goldberg promoting the CBS All Access mini-series The Stand where she talked about how Star Trek was her entry into genre fiction, and how thrilled she was to get the opportunity to join TNG as Guinan. Goldberg then brought up Picard in response to a follow-up question on if she was watching Star Trek: Discovery:
No, I haven’t seen [Discovery] – but I did watch the first season of Picard, which was great. From time to time, I talk to Patrick [Stewart] about Star Trek. Hopefully, I will be joining their cast for a little while next year. I’m very excited about that.
The Goldberg interview was conducted in 2020 so her “next year” comment is actually this year and we’ve recently reported that production on Picard season two is planned to start on February 1st. Goldberg talking about joining the cast “for a little while” is intriguing. This could indicate a more substantial role than just a single episode.
As for her comment about “hopefully” returning, perhaps Whoopi is just playing it safe with her NDA, but season one showrunner and season two writer Michael Chabon talked about preparing to write scenes for Goldberg’s Guinan last March:
“It’s amazing,” Chabon tells THR about the prospect of writing scenes between Picard and Guinan. (He’s currently in the early days of writing season two episodes now.) “I’ve gone back to rewatch some of the more key Guinan episodes from Next Gen, the major Picard and Guinan moments. She’s such an amazing actor; I can’t wait.”
Guinan’s role in Picard could be something personal or to do with her history with Jean-Luc Picard. It was established on Star Trek: The Next Generation that Picard and Guinan were very close. Picard once described their relationship as “beyond friendship and beyond family.”
There could also be a story related to her race, the mysterious and long-lived El-Aurians. They had been almost wiped out by the Borg, and former Borg played an important part in season one, including Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) who is returning in season two. Guinan also demonstrated some special abilities, such as being able to detect changes in timelines and even some kind of defense against the god-like Q. It was also established that Guinan and Q had some adversarial history, and John de Lancie recently hinted he may be returning to Star Trek, so seeing them together again is a possibility.
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