One of the most interesting things about the first season of Star Trek: Picard was how it subtly suggested that Seven of Nine was interested in women. But why wait until the final episode to make thing clear? Showrunner Michael Chabon has addressed how the series tackled sexuality.
Chabon was interviewed by Variety, where he was asked about the lack of LGBTQ characters in the series. Interestingly, the showrunner stated that he wanted it to be less about forcing representation and simply making sexuality a part of a character's identity.
"Well, the way that people's identity is constructed with sexuality as a component of it, in my experience, it emerges in a much more organic [way], and not like wearing a t-shirt that says, you know, Queer Power — or the equivalent in the 24th century," Chabon said. "We get to know these characters the way we get to know real people. It emerges in conversation when it would emerge in conversation."
Early on in Picard, it is suggested that Seven had a romantic relationship with Bjayzl. However, it wasn't until later in the season finale that it was practically confirmed that Seven has become romantically involved with Raffi. Needless to say, this is a relationship that we are hoping to see more of in Season 2.
The first season of Star Trek: Picard is currently available for streaming for free on CBS All Access.