When Mary Wiseman’s Lt. Sylvia Tilly left the USS Discovery for a job at the new Starfleet Academy in the fourth episode of season four, it was promised she would be back. That promise was fulfilled in last week’s season finale, and Wiseman is talking about her return.
Tilly came back
In the season four finale “Coming Home,” Mary Wiseman returned as Lt. Tilly, now a Starfleet Academy leader working with cadets and Admiral Vance to coordinate the evacuation and defense of Earth on Federation HQ. In a Paramount+ featurette (which you can see below) about the making of the episode, Wiseman talks about how Tilly has changed:
Coming back for the finale was really exciting for me because she comes back in this fully black Starfleet suit. She’s changed. And to get to see that visually, that was a very gratifying moment for me to see, ‘Okay, somebody different showed up.’
While not getting specific about if or where we will see Tilly again, Wiseman also hinted the finale was not the end of her story:
Tilly is not somebody who lets people leave her life. And so she will be part of this universe and this world for many years to come. And the only family she has is on that ship.
In her interview with TrekMovie last week, Discovery co-showrunner Michelle Paradise echoed these sentiments:
We’ll never be done with Tilly. [laughs] Everybody loves Tilly. I can’t spoil anything into season five, except to say that we love Tilly. I expect that we’ll have her in the world and all of those things. She’s not going anywhere.
Development for the fifth season of Discovery is well underway, with production expected to begin in June. It is not yet known what role, if any, Wiseman’s Tilly would have in the upcoming season, with possibilities ranging from guest or recurring character to becoming a series regular again.
It has also been speculated that Wiseman may be moving over to the proposed Starfleet Academy show openly discussed by Alex Kurtzman and Paramount+ execs but not yet officially ordered as a series. However, even if the Academy series moves forward, it likely wouldn’t go into production in 2022 or even 2023, leaving plenty of time for Tilly to appear in season five of Discovery.
For now, Wiseman is busy starring in the new comedy play At the Wedding at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York. The show had its official opening on Monday, March 21st, and is currently set to run through April 24. For more info or tickets visit the Lincoln Center Theater site.
Watch Mary talk Tilly
Watch Wiseman and cast and crew talk about the season four finale
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