Star Trek: Picard Showrunner Teases Many Familiar Next Generation Faces Returning in Season 3

The final season of Star Trek: Picard will not only bring back the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but will also have other familiar faces returning to the series. Picard showrunner Terry Matalas recently teased many returning characters coming to the series in its final episodes, but also expressed his sudden realization of how many old stars the show has included while he was working on post-production. While Picard’s second season split opinions with fans, the third season had already been greenlit and will bring Jean-Luc Picard’s story, finally, to a close.

Star Trek: Picard brought Patrick Stewart’s Enterprise captain back to screens three decades since he made his first appearance in the franchise. With Paramount celebrating the Star Trek saga by continuing to expand the universe in many directions, Picard was intially a welcome window to the past for many Trekkies. Now, as Picard prepares to bow out one last time, Matalas explained to the Inglorious Treksperts podcast:

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“You had them all the time… there was one moment in particular… it’s a legendary moment, let’s just say. I will say they’re all reunited. And there’s some things going on and I remember turning to my assistant, and saying, ‘Right now, I should be in tears, but I’m too fucking stressed to get this right.’ Because I don’t want to f–k it up. That’s the key. The moments really hit in post, when now I can watch that moment and it’s not Patrick, Frakes, LeVar, and Gates, and Marina, and Michael. It’s Picard, and Riker, and Geordi. And the music is up. One of the things I’ve been spending a lot of time on right now is the music. It is very much in the spirit of [Jerry] Goldsmith and [James] Horner… And so when you see those moments with the score, then that hits. You’re like, ‘Oh, my God, we did this!’

And funny enough, there are moments that are–because there are some people who come back from Star Trek in this season that aren’t just the Next Gen cast. There’s one character who is in Next Gen who I was like, ‘I really want this character to come back.’ And when they did, that was weirdly more thrilling than everything else in totality.”

Alison Pill Won’t Be In Picard’s Final Season

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Despite being the only star other than Patrick Stewart to appear in all episodes of Picard, Alison Pill will not be in the new season. After playing Agnes Jurati in the first two seasons of the show, the actress revealed in a recent interview that she will be watching the final season just like everyone else and had no part in it. She said:

“I know that season three will be the end. I wasn’t a part of season three, so I don’t have much to say about it in terms of spoilers. I will get to watch along with everybody else.”

While Pill’s absence will clearly be noted with her character having become such an integral part of the show, it seems that there will be plenty of other arrivals to make up for it when season 3 rolls out on Paramount+.