Patrick Stewart is returning for one final season as Jean-Luc Picard in the standalone Star Trek series, Picard.
We’ve beamed up everything we know on the third series of Picard, including the release date, cast, plot and more. If fantasy is more your thing, we have a similar roundup for season 3 of The Witcher.
When will season 3 of Star Trek: Picard release?
Patrick Stewart confirmed on Star Trek Day that the show has been given the green light for a third season, which will be the last. It will air in 2023, though the exact month is unconfirmed.
Season 3 was filmed back-to-back with season 2 according to Variety, so we imagine we won’t be in for a long wait. Season 2 hit screens in March 2022, so we expect season 3 to arrive around early springtime as well.
Star Trek Picard season 3 trailer
Here is the official teaser trailer for season 3 of Picard which was revealed at comic-con:
How to watch Star Trek: Picard
If you’re based in the US, you’ll be able to catch Picard on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access), and episodes are usually released weekly at 12:01am. You will not be able to watch it on the CBS network on broadcast TV – you’ll need to be subscribed to the streaming service which costs $4.99 for ad-supported video, and $9.99 for ad-free.
In the UK (and over 200 other countries and territories), Amazon Prime Video has exclusive streaming rights. Amazon Prime Video costs £5.99 for streaming alone, and £7.99 for additional features like next-day delivery. New users however can get a month’s free trial.
If you’re considering whether or not Amazon Prime is the right streaming platform for you, take a look at our comparison of the best streaming services.
Paramount+ is now available in the UK as well, but Picard will not be streaming on here due to pre-agreed licensing terms with Amazon.
Who are the cast and crew of season 3?
It wouldn’t be ‘Picard’ without the man himself, so we know that Sir Patrick Stewart will be returning for the titular role. The following co-stars will also be back: Michelle Hurd as Rafaella “Raffi” Musiker, Evan Evagora as Elnor and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine.
Alison Pill sadly won’t be back as Agnes Jurati for season 3. There is also uncertainty about whether Santiago Cabrera will return as Cristobal “Chris” Rios after he decided to stay in the past last season.
Fortunately, there are plenty of old faces coming back from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
We will see the return of LeVar Burton (Lt Commander Geordi LaForge), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T Riker), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner (Data).
Take a look at the official cast announcement below:
Showrunner Terry Matalas (best known for 12 Monkeys on the SyFy network) will also be returning behind-the-scenes for the final season.
What will happen in Star Trek: Picard season 3?
Little has been revealed about the plot of season 3 of Picard, but showrunner Terry Matalas has confirmed that he wanted the story of Jean-Luc Picard to end by “honoring the beginning, with his dearest and most loyal friends from the USS Enterprise.”.
The story will allegedly be inspired by the Wrath of Khan. This was hinted at during season 2, when Dr. Adam Soong pulled out a secret folder labelled ‘Project Khan’ in LA 2024. This was later confirmed by co-creator Alex Kurtzman at comic-con.
Kurtzman has approached this story like it is the final Next Gen movie, and will explore where the characters are personally now that time has passed.
The show’s villain is a completely new character, allegedly played by a big-name, female star who Matalas has always wanted work with.
Showrunner Matalas has also teased the appearance of the next Enterprise – USS Enterprise-F – on Twitter.
Hannah Cowton is a Senior Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld, working across entertainment, consumer technology and lifestyle. Her interests and specialities lie in streaming services, film and television reviews and rumours, gaming, wearables and smart home products. She's also the creator of The London Geek, a geek culture and lifestyle blog.