Star Trek: Picard is promising to introduce a never-before-seen villain for season three.
Terry Matalas is hyping up Star Trek: Picard’s big bad villain for the show’s third and final season. Across various interviews and Tweets, Matalas revealed that the villain will be played by a very famous and popular name; that we’ve all seen before, but has never been in Star Trek. Names like Bryan Cranston immediately popped to mind.
Then Matalas said that the portrayal of the character will be an all-time great. Huge hype, but I’m not sure about that.
So we have no rough idea of who the villain could be, but the final season revolves around Picard meeting up with the rest of the Next Generation crop of actors, so the idea that the villain is somehow linked to Star Trek’s past is very much possible.
It’d be fitting, that the villain tie into past Trek lore, but make no mistake, I don’t think any of these three names are the villain. Just that these three characters make sense given the theme of the seasons. So let’s talk about who the villain could be.
Three possibilities for Star Trek: Picard’s final villain
The Parasitic Being’s grand leader
In the season one episode “Conspiracy”, the Enterprise and Starfleet had to deal with a parasite-like being that could invade a host and control them. At the end of the episode, the Enterprise and its crew won the day but a beacon was activated, summoning the aliens to Earth. It was a storyline never followed up on; until, perhaps now? It would make total sense this lingering plot hole is finally finished with the close of Picard.
The son of Thomas Riker
So we know it’s not Thomas Riker, as Thomas and Will are both portrayed by Jonathan Frakes. Yet, what if Thomas had a son before he was captured by the Cardassians, or maybe like Sela, Thomas had a half-human, half-Cardassian child during his time in confinement. Angry at the fate of his father, presumed to have passed in this scenario, the son could seek out and try to destroy Picard and the Enterprise for revenge.
A young, alternate dimension Jonathan Archer
We know that it can’t be Scott Bakula but we don’t know that it can’t be Jonathan Archer. The idea of a younger, alternate reality Archer being the villain seems far-fetched until you think about the fact that Archer was technically the shadow villain from Enterprise. Though the story never got around to revealing that. Archer is tied to time travel, maybe more so than any other captain in Star Trek’s history, so the idea that a young Archer, played by someone else, is trying to reset the timeline isn’t far-fetched to me at all. Though, admittedly, very unlikely.