The fourth episode of the new season of Star Trek: Discovery (“All is Possible“) arrived this morning and it has fans buzzing about Lt. Sylvia Tilly. Actress Mary Wiseman did a series of media interviews talking about the episode and the future of the character to fill fans in.
A tearful goodbye
One of the storylines this season has been how Tilly has been feeling out of place. Today “All Is Possible” gave Tilly a new path as she was seen at the end of the episode leaving the USS Discovery to take up a teaching post at the newly reopened Starfleet Academy. The actress spoke to a number of outlets about this major pivot point. Speaking to TV Insider, Wiseman described working on that final scene between Tilly and Burnham:
It was really emotional and really tender. When we read it the first time at our read through, it was really teary. I love Sonequa very, very much as a person. She’s a dear friend. And I also adore Tilly and Burnham’s friendship as it exists in the story and they have had all these nice, quiet, intimate moments with each other kind of sprinkled throughout the series. And so to return to that sort of home base felt organic and just really special. I hope it came out well because it felt very good as we were doing it, and I love to work with Sonequa. She’s such a good actor.
Speaking to Slashfilm the actress said she related to Tilly’s arc this season:
Oh, it’s so interesting. I mean, so much of it was pretty accessible because —and I think I can speak for a lot of us — we were all living through a period when we shot it, of personal upheaval. We had to recalibrate things because we shot through COVID, and I was really grateful to have a storyline that was so synchronous with my own experience, of having to take a new look at things and reassess, and then decide what you want to do from there.
And Wiseman told Forbes this change for Tilly feels right:
It just felt like an organic outgrowth of the story, that she was in this sweet place of questioning, both her past and her motivations for the path that she was currently on. That’s kind of what this character needed, some time to grow, on her own, as an adult. So it’s kind of a natural extension of that.
Tilly will be back
As for Tilly’s future, Wiseman offered some assurance to fans that today’s episode wasn’t the end of the road, telling Inverse:
You will see Tilly again before the end of the season. Don’t worry.
While Wiseman spoke broadly about the character’s arc through the show and into season four, when it came to more questions about Tilly’s future she stuck to the script, telling Slashfilm:
What I’ve been told I can say is that you will see Tilly later in the season.
She also joked how “they have a sniper on me right now” to keep her from saying anything more. Various versions of the same statement were given in each interview which also matched what Paramount+ has confirmed with TrekMovie. However, she did offer a little bit of detail to TV Insider on how Tilly will be different when she returns to the show:
I’ll say that her hair is slightly different and she’s wearing a different outfit.
Of course, that all makes sense with Tilly taking up a post at the Academy, so it feels like, at least for season four, this is not a temporary assignment.
Watch Wiseman on The Ready Room
The actress was also the sole guest on this week’s The Ready Room, where she had a conversation with host Wil Wheaton that got emotional (especially for Wheaton). As for the big question about if we will see Tilly again, with a big smile, Wiseman told Wheaton: “she’s coming back.”
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