Patrick Stewart is back on our screens as Jean-Luc Picard in this brand new standalone Star Trek series, and word around the galaxy is that this isn’t a one-hit-wonder. Star Trek: Picard will return for a second season, and even more beyond that. 

We’ve beamed up everything we know on the next series of Picard, including the release date, cast, plot and more. If fantasy is more your thing, we have a similar roundup for season 2 of The Witcher.

When will season 2 of Star Trek: Picard happen?

It's now been confirmed that the second season of Star Trek: Picard will hit Paramount Plus on 3 March 2022, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. 

Viewers outside of the US will be able to watch on Amazon Prime Video - new episodes hit the platform the day after they air on Paramount+. Therefore, we will see season 2 of Picard on Amazon Prime Video on 4 March 2022, with new releases dropping on Fridays. 

Star Trek: Discovery was very suddenly pulled from Netflix right before the release of season four. However, Amazon has confirmed that Picard will still remain on Prime Video. 

The next season will consist of ten episodes. Patrick Steward confirmed back in 2019 that he’d be committed to the series for at least three years, and then later on confirmed on Star Trek Day that the show has been given the green light for a third season. Picard will be around for the next few years at the very least!

Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailers

The latest trailer shows off some old foes and the return of Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan. Take a look below:

The first official trailer for season 2 of Picard is here - you can watch it below:

There was also the first teaser which released back in June:

How to watch Star Trek: Picard

If you’re based in the US, you’ll be able to catch Picard on Paramount Plus (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. If you’re out of America, you can still watch Paramount Plus using a VPN.

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. 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.

Who are the cast and crew of season 2?

It wouldn’t be ‘Picard’ without the man himself, so we know that Sir Patrick Stewart will be returning for the titular role. We also expect that the co-stars of the show - Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora - will be returning. 

Jeri Ryan made a guest appearance in season 1 and has been confirmed to return next year.

There was also a very public announcement made by Stewart himself who went on the American chat show The View to personally invite Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as TNG Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

John de Lancie revealed on Twitter that he will reprise his role as Q. You can see more in the Twitter teaser below:

The Borg Queen will be played by Annie Wersching - who will play a key role in season 2. 

Deadline also revealed that the current showrunner Michael Chabon will be stepping down from his role for season 2, though he will still remain as an executive producer. Replacing him will be Terry Matalas, who was the showrunner for 12 Monkeys on the SyFy network. 

What will the plot be?

The latest trailer revealed that Q (John de Lancie) has travelled through time and meddled with the past to create an evil, alternate reality for our heroes. In order to change it, Picard must also time travel back to the 21st century, with the help of The Borg Queen.

We'll be exploring the broken timeline, and how that has changed things for both the crew and the galaxy as a whole. There are hints of Soji and Dahj possibly having completely different fates in this timeline, and of the Federation splitting off.  

The last shots of the trailer show Seven waking up, and she is notably missing the Borg implant in her face. This could mean that in this timeline, she was never assimilated into becoming a Borg drone. Seven's actual name before becoming a drone was Annika Hansen - which is what she may be known as in this new fractured timeline. 

Den of Geek points out that this plot is like a sequel to Encounter at Farpoint, the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation which aired in 1987. Picard and the team must deal with the horrors of the 21st century, and maybe reassess and change history for the better. 

Michael Chabon stated in an interview with Variety that the next season will focus more on the personal identities of the characters more, such as their families etc.

In an interview with Gold Derby, Patrick Steward confirmed that the show will explore new destinations in the Star Trek universe. There will also be a focus on the relationship between Picard and Q after Q reappearing, which allegedly happens in a moment of trauma.