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Picard showrunner drops hints on season 3 star ship and more –

The third season of Star Trek: Picard has already been filmed and it will feature the return of the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now showrunner Terry Matalas is dropping more clues about the final chapter of picard.

Not the astronomer

This weekend, showrunner Terry Matalas shared a short video from the set of season three, which began filming right after season two wrapped last September. The video shows the crew being told not to sit on the deck chairs unless their name is Terry or Doug (director Doug Aarniokoski).

Since filming began for Season 3 last September, Matalas has been sharing footage of the bridge and other sets of a Starfleet ship that will play a major role in Season 3. In the opening and closing of Season Two , we saw the USS Stargazer, which led to speculation that the above video and all footage shared during the production of season three is also the Stargazer, assumed to be the hub ship for season three. However, this weekend, when a fan inquired about the video from the start of filming for Season 3 asking, “Should we take that to mean the Stargazer is part of Season 3?” Matalas revealed “It’s not the Stargazer.” He also added a little smiley face emoji with that little bombshell.

Obviously the ship shown in the video uses the same set of decks built for the Stargazer and it’s hard to see any major differences. Repair sets for different ships are of course nothing new in Star Trek. This leaves the intriguing question of what ship could it be? And will the Stargazer play a role in Season 3?

The season two finale also poses a question about Seven and the Stargazer. Picard gave her a field commission and put her in charge of the ship in the season two finale. This might allow Seven to finally be a part of Starfleet for season three, but does she stay with the Stargazer or join that other ship?

Jeri Ryan as Seven at the controls of the Stargazer in the season two finale

More Season 3 Character Clues

The return of the TNG cast includes another character mystery. What role will Brent Spiner play? With Spiner’s TNG character, Data is finally laid to rest in the first season of picard, a fan suggested that Spiner could play “another Soong” or perhaps Lore, Data’s evil twin brother. Matalas responded, indicating that Spiner would be playing something else.

A good guess for Spiner’s role in season three would be a throwback to his Season 1 persona of cybernetician Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, who was last seen on the Synth homeworld in 2399. So even if it would be a Soong, technically it wouldn’t be “yet another Soong”, since he’s already played the part. The only clue so far is Spiner’s dialogue heard in voiceover in the season three cast announcement video saying “Evolution is not an act of preservation. It’s more”, which fits the character of Altan Soong. However, with Spiner, you never know what role he might end up playing in Star Trek.

Brent Spiner as Altan Soong in the first season of picard

Another fan question that Matalas cryptically answered over the weekend was about the possibility of seeing Laris in season three. The season two finale ended with Laris and Picard finally reuniting. Picard being able to express his love was the whole point of Q’s time travel lesson for the season. When asked if we “will be able to see Laris and Jean Luc together in Season 3,” Matalas replied, “Yes. But…”

As noted in our report earlier in the week, Orla Brady indicated that she finished her job playing Laris when production on season three began. It is therefore possible that Matalas indicates that Laris appears in season three, but is not a major part of the season.

Patrick Stewart as Picard and Orla Brady as Laris in the season two finale

ICYMI: cast announcement for season 3

It is not yet known when the third season of Star Trek: Picard will make its debut.

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