The second season finale of Star Trek: Picard arrives in a few days, but the third (and final) season has already been filmed. Earlier this month it was revealed the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is reuniting for the next season of Picard, which does open up the question about who from the current cast will be staying on with Sir Patrick Stewart. A couple of the actors are now filling in those gaps.
Seven and Raffi return for TNG “sendoff”
In an interview with comicbook.com, Michelle Hurd confirmed she returns in season three as Raffi Musiker. The actress was reluctant to talk spoilers but she did express her “giddy” excitement over who she gets to perform with in this big TNG reunion season:
My smile was from ear to ear. These are people that I grew up watching, and just like when I first got this job and I found out that I was going to be working with Sir Patrick Stewart, or P Stew, as I like to call him, I just got so giddy and, I don’t even know. You tremble from the inside out. I mean, I’m an actor, and these are people who I’ve been watching, and I’m going to actually stand side by side on a set and speak words and they’re going to speak words back to me.
I pinch myself just like a fan. The first season, I worked a lot with Patrick, and with Santiago, Rios, and this season I worked so much with Jeri, and I’m not going to tell you the people I work with on next season, but I feel like I am the luckiest, most spoiled actress. And I am forever thankful for Raffi, and for Star Trek, and for this unbelievable experience and adventure I’ve had.
Jeri Ryan has previously confirmed that she will be part of the third season, calling it a “bittersweet” goodbye to the character of Seven. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter this week, Ryan had this to say about season three.
Yes, you’ll see Seven again, I can tell you that. I think the fans will not be disappointed. The season is huge, and it is a very worthy sendoff for all of these characters.
Ryan also talked about the evolution of the Seven/Raffi relationship and how there is more to come:
There is definitely love there between the characters. They’re growing more understanding of each, their flaws and their struggle and their broken parts. Michelle and I, when talking to the producers, said we wanted a realistic portrayal of these two women who are very mature and very driven and very independent. They’ve had lives and careers. And that it wasn’t going to be “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy,” they’re in a relationship with a white picket fence, because that is not who these women are. So, we wanted that relationship struggle. They do love each other. They do care for each other. They respect each other. But can they entwine their lives completely without losing who they are and what their lives have been? And that’s any relationship: How much are you willing to change and sacrifice and give up for the benefits of that relationship? And are they even built to do that? How much can they heal together and heal each other? That remains to be seen.
There is no word yet on if Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, or Santiago Cabrera will be joining Ryan and Hurd in season three of Picard.
New episodes of Star Trek: Picard premiere on Thursdays on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on Fridays where Paramount+ is available around the world. In Canada, it airs on CTV Sci-Fi Channel on streams on Crave on Thursdays. Picard is also available on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video around the world.
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