Picard Showrunner Answers the Biggest Questions About the Season Finale

Picard Showrunner Answers the Biggest Questions About the Season Finale

Full spoilers follow for Star Trek: Picard Season 1. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Now that Star Trek: Picard’s first season has come to an end, the CBS All Access series has resolved its major plotline revolving around the ban on synthetic humanoids and the search for a new race of Data-like androids. It’s also now firmly established Jean-Luc Picard’s new crew — the Picard Squad — as they head out for new adventures in Season 2 and beyond. I spoke with Season 1 showrunner Michael Chabon about the return of Patrick Stewart’s iconic character, the decision to kill off the beloved Data (again), balancing classic Next Generation castmembers like Riker and Troi with the new crew, and — of course — whether or not we’ll see Picard’s housekeepers/Romulan super-spies Laris and Zhaban again. Read on for all that and more… [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=star-trek-picard-photos&captions=true”] The Death of Data In a surprising turn of events, the Picard season finale bring back Brent Spiner’s Data — or his consciousness, anyway, via a VR simulation — only to kill him once and for all. Many fans had been expecting this season to end with Data being restored to life in some way (after his other death in the film Star Trek: Nemesis), and perhaps even joining the regular cast for year two. But that was never in the cards according to Chabon. “I suppose you could imagine scenarios where, I don’t know, he became sort of a holo like the Doctor on Voyager or something like that,” says Chabon. “Maybe that would have interested Brent, I don’t know. But we understood from pretty early on, in breaking the stories, that in some way it was going to culminate with an encounter between Picard and Data, but that encounter was going to be constrained by what also pretty quickly emerged as this idea that it was only going to be possible in a sort of stimulation. That Data really is dead. That Data did die.” It turns out Spiner did not want to undo his character’s original death in Nemesis, and so the story of Picard unfolded from there. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/picard-all-the-different-datas-explained”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] “I guess what I’m remembering as a directive, or as a kind of guideline from Brent, was that he didn’t want us to un-kill Data,” says the showrunner. “That Data shouldn’t be undead, that he died and he really died. And he’s…
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