In an announcement made on First Contact Day 2022 (Tuesday, April 5), Paramount Plus revealed that the upcoming third and final season of Star Trek: Picard will feature not just the return of Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) but also the majority of the bridge crew who appeared throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s seven seasons. This includes Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and “Data” (Brent Spiner).

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The announcement reveals that we’ll soon be checking in with some of our favorite TNG characters during the third season of Picard, which completed filming in March 2022. While it will be amazing to see both Riker and Troi appear again after their recent appearances on Picard‘s first season and Star Trek: Lower Decks, this news is especially exciting for those Starfleet Officers who we haven’t had updates on for many years.

One example is LaForge. In the Star Trek: Voyager season five episode “Timeless,” we saw a glimpse of a parallel timeline in which Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) ran into a version of LaForge who was the Captain of the U.S.S. Challenger. Did LaForge eventually come to command the vessel in the prime timeline, as well?

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Likewise, the last time we had an update on Worf’s status, in the series finale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “What You Leave Behind,” he had been appointed the Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire, now under the leadership of Chancellor Martok (J.G. Hertzler). While Worf did subsequently appear in Star Trek: Nemesis, his role as Ambassador was not raised.

Finally, Dr. Crusher’s status after Nemesis, in which she is once again shown to be the ship’s doctor for the Enterprise-E, is canonically unknown.  

The news that two of the announced actors, Stewart and Spiner, will appear in all three seasons of Picard. However, Spiner has played several different generations of the Soong family and both a dream and cloud version of the late Data, so it’s unclear which character he’ll be playing in the third season.

Currently, Picard is airing its extremely engaging second season, with five episodes available on Paramount Plus so far and new episodes available for streaming on Thursdays.

The cast returning for season three of Star Trek: Picard.

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