Earlier this week we reported on an SFX Magazine cover feature all about Star Trek Picard, focusing on what the executive producers had to say about the second season due to arrive in just a few weeks. But they and star Sir Patrick Stewart also talked about season three and what may come next.
Season 3 is a game-changer… with cool new ships
Last fall production on Star Trek: Picard moved straight from season two into season three, which should wrap up in early 2022. Speaking to SFX, executive producer and co-showrunner Terry Matalas contrasted how much Star Trek canon pressure he felt on the upcoming seasons:
Not so much in season two. Definitely, in season three, there are some game-changing Star Trek Universe ideas. Season two, as epic in scope as it is, is an intimate story.
He didn’t provide much in terms of details but offered a hint about season three:
There are a few nods to the Kirk movies. I grew up with the original series and the Kirk movies. That’s my Star Trek. So you’ll see a few of those things kind of tie some Star Trek together. And I think Akiva has constructed a really fascinating and heartbreaking psychological exploration of Picard that no one is expecting.
In September shortly after filming started on season three, Matalas shared one of these nods to the Original Series era movies with a tweet showing off a Boatswain’s whistle, like the one seen used onboard the USS Enterprise-A in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) September 14, 2021
Matalas also hinted about some new ships as he talked about how work on both seasons two and three have ignited his personal fandom:
My inner fanboy is kind of on fire with the stuff that I’ve been able to do. There’s a lot of things that I can’t talk about yet that I’m just bursting at the seams to talk about. There’s been a lot of absolutely legendary moments that have happened in the last year with no press yet. There are starship designs and things for the next two seasons that I’m really excited about.
Matalas has been sharing images of a new Starfleet ship since September that clearly plays a large role in season three. Just this week he shared a couple more from the bridge of this ship showing a console and a bridge chair.
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) January 26, 2022
— Terry Matalas (@TerryMatalas) January 27, 2022
Season 4 and spinoffs?
There is also an open question regarding more seasons of Picard. Speaking to TrekMovie in September executive producer and co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman confirmed “the plan was always three” seasons, but he also kept the door open for more. And speaking to SFX, Goldsman is still keeping that door open, telling the magazine, “God knows what the future will bring.”
Some media coverage of the SFX feature has ignored what Goldsman said, instead pointing solely to a comment from star Sir Patrick Stewart about filming being “weeks away from wrapping the series,” as confirmation the show will end with season three. SFX Magazine has pushed back on this coverage saying their feature does not “confirm” the show will end with season three. In addition to pointing to Goldsman’s comment about the future, the UK-based SFX notes that Stewart is from the UK, and the British often interchange “season” and “series.”
When asked if there could be spin-offs to Picard, Goldsman also saw possibilities, telling SFX:
Are there things in Picard that could be their own storytelling arc? Or their own storytelling spines? Yeah, for sure. Is that the direction of the expansion of the Star Trek Universe? That turns out to be above my pay grade.
Matalas also hinted he already has some ideas:
What more is coming in that story? It’s definitely my favorite time period. To me, Star Trek: Picard is the present day of Star Trek. And what’s going on in that particular world is very important to me. So stay tuned, that’s what I’ll say.
So season three may be the end of Picard, however, that is certainly not currently the official position of Paramount+, nor the producers of the show. And it sounds like the producers are already pondering what comes after season three. Hopefully, we will learn more as publicity for season two ramps up in the upcoming weeks with more interviews from the cast and producers.
The second season of Star Trek: Picard season debuts on Paramount+ on March 3rd. Season three will likely arrive in 2023.
Much more in the new SFX
The February 2022 issue of SFX has a lot more from the showrunners, Stewart, and John de Lancie. The issue is showing up on newsstands this week in the UK and soon in the USA and around the world. You can also buy the issue directly online.
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