There's a lot of anticipation right now for the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard as it will feature the much-awaited reunion of the main The Next Generation cast. While the details regarding how the reunion will play into the story of the season, it looks like the return of Star Trek legacy characters doesn't stop there according to a new tidbit from its showrunner.
In a report from Gizmodo, during his recent guest appearance on the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, Star Trek: Picard showrunner Terry Matalas teased that there are more legacy characters that are also going to show up in the upcoming season beyond what they announced so far although he didn't give any specific details.
"There are some people from Star Trek who come back in this season who aren’t the Next Gen [primary] cast," Matalas said. "I mean 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 [agree to return], that was weirdly more thrilling than everything else in totality."
It is exciting to hear that there are more cameo appearances coming in the upcoming season of Star Trek: Picard and we obviously can't wait to find out who they are. There are a lot of possibilities and guesses on who those mysterious cameos will be, but knowing that it will surely happen is already intriguing in itself.
Matalas also added that the final season won't feel like a conclusion, but it will be more like a beginning since it's going to be a "passing of the torch" to the next generation just like what The Original Series characters did when they showed up in The Next Generation.
"Season 3 is very much the passing of the torch from one generation to the next," he said. "I love the moment where old Bones is walking around the Enterprise with Data [in “Encounter at Farpoint”]. I love when Spock came on [in “Unification”] and had that arc with Picard. The tapestry feels much richer when that happens. I think there are opportunities to tell the story of the next generation that crosses with the last."
Even though they've been vague about the specific plot points of the upcoming season, they give enough reason for us to be excited. Let's just wait and see what kind of surprises they have in store for us. Who knows, maybe Kathryn Janeway or Benjamin Sisko are the ones that Matalas was teasing.
The third season of Star Trek: Picard is set to premiere on Paramount+ in early 2023.