With Star Trek: Picard season two now over and with the main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation coming in for the third and final season (which has already been shot), the series is saying goodbye to some of its original cast. Michelle Hurd (Raffi) and Jeri Ryan (Seven) are confirmed to be returning, but Alison Pill (Jurati) has confirmed she will not be back, and now more actors are giving their goodbyes.
UPDATE: Isa Briones says goodbye
Isa Briones has played a number of roles over two seasons of Star Trek: Picard. Her season two character Kore was recruited to become a Supervisor (by Traveler Wesley Crusher, played by Wil Wheaton) and her character of Soji presumably is still around in the 25th century, as she didn’t join the crew for their time travel adventure.
On Friday Briones posted some behind-the-scenes photos of her time on the series. Her message talked about her time on the series and how she was “thankful for every part of this experience.” She ended with “Farewell Soji, this orchis for you.”
Evan Evagora says goodbye
Evan Evagora has been a series regular for both seasons of Star Trek: Picard, playing the Romulan Elnor. The second season saw the Qowat Milat warrior transition to be a Starfleet Academy cadet assigned to the USS Excelsior. Even though he was killed off early in the season, he continued to come back for a number of episodes through flashbacks, visions, as a hologram and eventually a resurrection in the season finale.
In a post on Instagram Evagora shared some behind-the-scenes shots from season two and revealed “I won’t be back for the third season of Picard, so to quote a mediocre band “thanks for the memories” y’all know the rest! LLAP”
Cabrera says it’s been a hell of a ride
With Hurd and Ryan confirmed to be rejoining star Sir Patrick Stewart in season three, the only remaining series regular is Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal Rios). For the season two finale Rios was left behind in the 21st century with Teresa and Ricardo. Guinan detailed his life story, including a death in a Moroccan bar fight. So it seems fairly certain he will not be back, especially as he was shooting the latest season of The Flight Attendant while picard season three was in production.
Cabrera too posted on Instagram on Thursday. He didn’t come out and say he wasn’t returning but did say “It’s a been a hell of a ride.” He also added (in Spanish): “Last chapter of picard appears today. I hope you enjoy it.”
Wheaton not part of season 3
Wheaton’s surprise return as a Traveler for the season three finale certainly opens up a lot of possibilities. However, in a lengthy blog post on his site, Wheaton again confirmed he will not be joining his TNG co-stars in the third season of picard:
Wesley and Kore may blink out of existence and never come back on camera again. Or they might literally go anywhere through all of space and time, from Strange New Worlds to Discovery to Lower Decks (but not to season three of picard. Sorry, nerds.). I honestly don’t know what comes next for them in canon, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t spent some time thinking about it.
I may get to tell more of Wesley’s story at some point – his journey over the last 25 or so years is something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about – as a writer or as an actor. Maybe both. But even if that never happens, if I never get to be Wesley Crusher on camera again, I will have the privilege of hosting The Ready Room, where I get to be a Starfleet veteran, a member of the exclusive “Legacy Star Trek” club, and an unashamed superfan who gets to take other nerds into the Room Where It Happens. I get to celebrate everything we all love about Star Trek in all its incarnations, for my job.
Brady exits early in season 3?
It is also a good bet that recurring guest star Orla Brady doesn’t play a major role in season three, even though season two ended with her Laris finally coming together with Jean-Luc Picard. Last September a few days into production on season three (which started the day after season two wrapped), Brady posted on Twitter about having wrapped her work on season two, adding “it is time to take off my beloved pointy ears.”
I have wrapped on #StarTrekPicard season 2 and it is time to take off my beloved pointy ears alas. Not sure I like my own ears anymore… #StarTrek @StarTrek #Laris #cheekyfeckers pic.twitter.com/DJjI43ExdF
— Orla Brady (@orla_brady) September 12, 2021
There is no word yet on when the third season of Star Trek: Picard will start.
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