WARNING: Article contains SPOILERS for the latest episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Last week’s episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (“All Those Who Wander”) surprised many fans when Bruce Horak’s Hemmer sacrificed himself to save the crew. Our earlier update from the actor’s post-episode interviews indicated his time with the show was not over. We now have a bit more detail on Horak’s future with the show thanks to one of the producers.
Horak to return in a new role
Strange New Worlds co-executive producer Davy Perez (who also wrote last week’s episode with Hemmer’s death) was a guest on the 7th Rule podcast, co-hosted by Ryan Husk and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko). When the idea of Hemmer’s return came up, Perez made it pretty clear the Aenar engineer really is dead:
That’s kind of hard… I guess flashbacks, there’s always flashbacks.
However, he expanded on what Horak has previously said about his Star Trek future:
The thing we’re allowed to say is that Bruce Horak… his relationship with Trek is not over. We really love him. And Star Trek has a long tradition of reusing actors. There are plenty of people that you fall in love with and you’re like, “Well, they were an alien, they could be another alien, they could be without the makeup because they were an alien.” So whatever it is in the future, we know his relationship with Star Trek is not over.
When Lofton mentioned perennial Star Trek guest star Jeffrey Combs, who played multiple roles (in different Trek series), Perez nodded in agreement over the comparison. So, it looks like Horak will be returning in a new role, presumably during the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which wrapped production just a few days ago. There is no indication yet on if this will be a one-off guest role or a recurring role.