Todd Stashwick confirms that Captain Liam Shaw is "Spock dead"


Todd Stashwick joined the Star Trek family by portraying Captain Liam Shaw on the final season of Star Trek: Picard. Both acerbic and sarcastic, initially, his character didn't sit well with fans, but it didn't take long for viewers to warm to his way of helming a starship. So many were shocked and disappointed that Captain Shaw was killed before the end of the season, especially when there had been talk of a potential spin-off series, Star Trek: Legacy.

There have been previous conversations about bringing Shaw back should Star Trek: Legacy get picked up for a series, along with a wellspring of questions about how that would be done. Stashwick, who appeared at the 51st Annual Saturn Awards, confirmed to Trekmovie that should Legacy happen, Shaw would be returning.

"Oh yeah. Like I said, I’m “Spock dead.”"

Todd Stashwick

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Leonard Nimoy's character, Spock, sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise. His coffin was sent out of the starship and ended up on the planet that was created by the Genesis device. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) learned that Spock had left his katra (spirit) in Dr. Leonary "Bones" McCoy's (DeForest Kelley) mind so then begins the journey to reunite body and spirit.

We didn't see what happened to Captain Shaw's body after he died as the crew had to continue fighting for the ship. So could it have been moved? Possibly, but there's also the possibility that Shaw would be brought back in android form or simply regenerated in a manner which would be explained in the potential spin-off. As I've said before, death is never a deterrent on Star Trek, which also means that death isn't always final. With Shaw being "Spock dead," it sounds more like he'll return in full form rather than just in flashbacks or holograms. And there's no doubt, the Star Trek writers will make this sound perfectly normal. It'll be interesting to see...if Star Trek: Legacy ever makes it to screen.

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