When will season 2 of Star Trek: Picard happen?
The release date for season 2 of Star Trek: Picard has been delayed after filming got put on hold due to the pandemic. It's now been confirmed to release sometime in 2022. Providing production stays on track, we expect this to be in the first half of the year.
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, so we wouldn't be surprised to see Picard extended beyond season 2. The Hollywood Reporter claims that a green light has been given for a third season, but this hasn't been officially confirmed.
Star Trek: Picard season 2 trailers
The first official trailer for season 2 of Picard is here - you can watch it below:
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 $5.99 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 reprising his role as Q. You can see more in the Twitter teaser below:
"The trial never ends..." So excited to announce that I will be returning to visit my dear old friend Jean-Luc Picard in season 2 of Picard! @StarTrekOnPPlus @paramountplus @CTVSciFi @primevideouk @SirPatStew #StarTrekPicard #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/DOeBT8NkUW— John de Lancie (@johndelancie) April 5, 2021
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?
Michael Chabon stated in a interview to 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.
It's likely that the crew will be back to fight against General Oh, who came close to declaring war on the Federation. She backed down the first time, but things are certainly not over.
The teaser trailer has now revealed more about what we can expect. We'll be exploring the broken timeline, and how that has changed things for both the crew and the galaxy as a whole. There's 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.
Whether the group will reset the timeline with all these new developments remains to be seen.