Star Trek: Picard’s Brent Spiner says he’s done playing Data

In a recent interview with TV Guide, Star Trek star Brent Spiner says that his time as Data is complete, but we may still see him in other Trek roles in the future. If you have not yet watched the final episode of Star Trek: Picard, please turn back now, as this article will have spoilers related to Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 2.


Spiner spoke at length with reporter Keisha Hatchett and revealed his thoughts on coming back to the character, including how filming the final scene with Patrick Stewart was very enjoyable, and much like the old days of The Next Generation.

Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner in the final scene featuring Mr. Data.
Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner in the final scene featuring Mr. Data.

“It’s maybe strange to say it, but Patrick [Stewart] and I found it really enjoyable, at least I did, to be engaged again in a long dialogue scene between Picard and Data,” said Spiner in the interview. “It was really satisfying.”

Spiner said that this time, Data’s death was much more meaningful than it was in Star Trek: Nemesis.

”When [Data] blew up in Nemesis, I never expected to get the backlash [the show got] from so many fans over that,” Spiner said.

Later, though, Spiner explained that it was time to be done with the character, citing that many thought he might be too old.

”There was just a finite amount of time that I can actually play Data, no matter what anyone says,” said Spiner.

He did add that he’d love to continue to work on Picard’s Season 2 as Alton Soong, or perhaps other relatives of Dr. Noonien Soong, Data’s creator.

Most notably, he did not rule out playing Data’s bad brother, Lore, in the future.

Star Trek: Picard — the complete first season — is streaming on CBS All Access.


For more on Spiner’s thoughts on portraying the beloved character in Picard, watch his interview with Wil Wheaton on The Ready Room.