Star Trek: Picard wraps production for the final time.
We knew it was coming with the recent announcement that Star Trek: Picard would be ending after season three (although series star, Patrick Stewart doesn’t really see the finale as a closure to Picard’s story.) That still doesn’t make the news that production has come to an end any easier. Those of us who have been enjoying Admiral Jean-Luc Picard’s new journeys around the galaxy will be sad to see the last of him and the rest of the cast when the final season comes to an end next year.
Trekmovie reported the announcement that the series had finished production when it was posted on Twitter by co-exeuctive producer and writer Christopher Monfette. He clearly called this “the final chapter in Picard’s story.” So there really is no question that next year will be the last we see of this crew…at least on Star Trek: Picard.
Star Trek: Picard season three is “shaping up to be an extraordinary season of television.”
While we’re only two episodes into the second season of Picard, it’s difficult to think that the last episode ever has already been filmed and put to bed. Still, executive producer and co-showrunner Terry Matalas, told Trekmovie last week that the final season is going to be incredibly different from the previous two seasons. He also said it features what could possibly be considered “one of the all-time great Star Trek villain performances we’ve seen to date.”
"I think it’s shaping up to be an extraordinary season of television. It’s incredibly different from the two seasons before it and features quite possibly, one of the all-time great Star Trek villain performances we’ve seen to-date. But I don’t want to oversell it in the early stages! There’s miles yet to go. But I think—I hope—we’re concluding Picard’s story in the best, most appropriate, most satisfying way. I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store."
It is strange to be looking ahead to a series ending when it’s only in the second season. What’s more, this will be the first Star Trek series that has ended after only three seasons since Star Trek: The Original Series was cancelled in 1969 which seems surreal as well. Of course, that one came to an abrupt end while Picard is being brought to an end with promises that Picard’s story will be concluded in a satisfying way. Of course, that remains to be seen.
But while we might be seeing the last of Admiral Picard for a while (or even forever), the final episode doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the crew who joined with him for these new adventures. Right now, Raffi and Rios are back in Starfleet while Elnor is in Starfleet Academy so that leaves an opening, if nothing changes in season three, for at least three of the characters to return to another series. And it won’t surprise any Star Trek fan if an opening is found for Seven of Nine, perhaps even in Star Trek: Prodigy.