Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date speculation, cast, and more

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date - Jean-Luc is boldly going on one last TV adventure, here's everything you need to know about his last journey

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date: Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard, the finest man to ever captain the starship Enterprise (yeah, we said it), is returning for one last grand adventure. Yes, that’s right, Paramount has greenlit a third series of Star Trek: Picard, and it sounds like the best one yet, so here’s everything you need to know about the Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date.

The second season of the sci-fi series, of course, saw Picard travel back in time to save the Federation from the meddling Q (John De Lancie. It ended with The Borg (of all species) joining the Federation and offering to guard a mysterious trans-warp conduit that threatened to wipe out billions of lives in the Alpha Quadrant.

Not even The Collective know who’s behind this strange rip in space, but you soon will because we’re zooming towards the Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date at warp speed.  So grab your Earl Grey tea (hot) and prepare to make it so; here’s everything we know about Picard’s next cosmic adventure.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date speculation

Star Trek: Picard season 3 officially has a release date of February 16, 2023. From there onwards, the season’s 10 episodes will continue to air weekly on Thursdays. The tenth and final episode of the season will be the final episode of Star Trek: Picard.

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The third season of Picard was kind of green-lit back in 2020 after the first season debuted. Despite not having the official go-ahead from Paramount, some scenes for a third series were shot during Picard season 2, with filming ‘officially’ beginning in September 2021. Shooting was completed on March 2022, and Patrick Stewart officially confirmed Picard season 3 soon after.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date: Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Star Trek: Picard season 3 cast speculation

We know an awful lot about the Star Trek: Picard season 3 cast, and Star Trek fans set your faces to stunned. Why? Well, all your old favourite Star Trek: Next Generation stars are returning as their Star Trek characters, including LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner.

It goes without saying that Patrick Stewart is obviously coming back as Picard, but we’re afraid a lot of his new friends from seasons one and two won’t be. Alison Pill (Agnes Jurati/the Borg Queen), Evan Evagora (Elnor), Santiago Cabrera (Captain Chris Rios), and Isa Briones (Soji Asha) won’t be joining Stewart on his next adventure.

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Still, Picard’s not completely dropped his new crew. Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd will both be back as Seven of Nine and Raffi Musiker. Only time will tell if Picard’s new love interest Laris (Orla Brady), will be back in Jean-Luc’s chateau.

Speaking about the decision to drop the new crew, Picard showrunner Terry Matalas admitted to Trekmovie.com that the decision to drop the new cast was “the hardest thing” but added they “just don’t have infinite cash or run time to do justice to the characters.”

Amanda Plummer has joined the Star Trek Picard season 3 cast as the main antagonist: a woman name Vadic. Meanwhile, Spiner will be returning as Lore, Data’s evil brother, and Daniel Davis will be reprising his role from TNG as Professor Moriarty.

Who’s in the Star Trek: Picard season 3 cast?

  • Patrick Stewart – Jean-Luc Picard
  • Michelle Hurd – Raffi Musiker
  • Jeri Ryan – Seven of Nine
  • Jonathan Frakes – William Riker
  • Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
  • Gates McFadden – Beverly Crusher
  • Michael Dorn – Worf
  • LeVar Burton – Geordi La Forge
  • Brent Spiner – Lore
  • Mica – Geordie La Forge’s daughter
  • Daniel David – Professor Moriarty
  • Amanda Plummer – Vadic

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date: Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Star Trek: Picard season 3 plot speculation

No specific plot details have been revealed about Picard season 3; however, comments by the cast and crew have given us a few clues. 

Showrunner Terry Matalas has promised that series 3 will serve as a proper send-off to The Next Generation crew after the disappointing Star Trek: Nemesis.

“Say what you want about Nemesis, bad or good. It didn’t feel like the end of those characters,” He told Startrekmovie.com. “They needed a send-off. And that was the core pitch to Patrick [Stewart], and all of them. I called every one of them, and I said, I want to talk about your characters, where you think their characters are and want to send you all off the way that Star Trek VI was a pretty great send-off for the original crew.”

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Purists will be pleased to hear that The Next Generation crew aren’t the only old favourites returning. The Enterprise-D, which we last saw crashing in Star Trek: Generations, will be the ship used by Picard and his old friends in season 3.

“We do return to the original Enterprise for a while,” Stewart revealed at Comic-Con. “I completely forgot we had carpet on the floor in the early days. Those are the advancements we’ve made!”

We also know that Amanda Plummer will be the main antagonist in the final season, and she seems Hell bent on getting revenge on Jean-Luc Picard. We don’t know why, but she sure does seem angry. From the trailers, it looks like she will use Beverley Crusher as bait, in order to get at Jean-Luc Picard who will ask for assistance from his old crew.

Hopefully, a few of Picard season 2’s plot threads will be picked up as well. We really want to see what The Federation looks like with the Borg as members, and there’s Jean-Luc’s burgeoning relationship with Laris to consider.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 trailer

The first full teaser trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 3 was released on Star Trek Day. It shows the TNG crew reuniting, and is filled with gorgeous shots of some new ships.

Check it out below.

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Then, a final trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 3 was released at New York Comic Con. The trailer gives a more indepth look at old characters, new characters, and the overview of the plot. It also shows that Worf is now a pacifist. Make of that what you will.

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Will there be a Star Trek: Picard season 4?

Star Trek: Picard season 3 will be, for the time being, at least Jean-Luc’s last adventure. Supervising producer Christopher Monfette broke the bad news on Twitter.

“And that’s a wrap on Season 3 of Star Trek: Picard,” he wrote. “As you watch and enjoy Season 2, just know — the next and final chapter in Picard’s story is a truly remarkable thing. Beyond thankful to [executive producer] Terry Matalas, the cast, crew and all our extraordinary writers who made it possible.”

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Still, who knows what the future holds for Starfleet’s greatest captain (Yeah, I said it, suck it, Kirk fans) because Patrik Stewart doesn’t think he’s done with Picard.

“Now, I’m not saying in three years’ time or 10 years’ time, there will be another series, and I’ll be back again tending in my grapes in the vineyard,” he told Collider. “But I’ve had some fallings out with some of our people because they look on this as a closure that is coming up, and I don’t.”

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date: Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Where can I watch Star Trek: Picard season 3?

Star Trek: Picard season 3 will be released on Paramount Plus when it debuts. You can watch the first two seasons on the streaming service now. What’s that you don’t have Paramount Plus? You can sign up here.

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