Updates on Picard: Season 2 from Patrick Stewart and Akiva Goldsman

Thanks to the success of Star Trek: Picard, many are speculating as to when we’ll see the second season of the series. While we know that it will happen — thanks to CBS All Access announcing that it had been renewed even before the first season debuted. But thanks to a few interviews by Picard himself, and executive producer Akiva Goldsman, we know a little bit more about the upcoming season.

In an interview with Gold Derby, Patrick Stewart detailed that CBS/Paramount had tried for years to coax him back into the captain’s chair after the end of Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

“I felt that I had said everything I had to say as Jean-Luc Picard,” said Stewart in the interview. That was his attitude until Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman pitched the idea for the eventual Picard series.

And as fans saw, the Picard who started the ten-episode season was certainly not the same guy who ended it. Stewart says that the introduction of his Android body will certainly change many things about the character for the second season.

“We don’t know how Picard is going to live with this new condition that has become part of his life,” said Stewart. “We’re not going to be covering the same ground, and it’s going to be extraordinary … I’m looking forward to it very much.”

We do know that Picard’s season two will be dramatically different, thanks to the Android body, but also with the inclusion of Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan and the possible return of Geordi La Forge as well.

Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman

Meanwhile, Picard executive producer and creator Goldsman revealed to Collider that the filming for second season was to start in June. But like so many other things, production for Picard has been delayed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had broken the season, we were about halfway through the writing of it,” Goldsman told Collider. “We will start as soon as we can once the world opens … I feel like we learned a lot from season one.”

Goldsman also noted that the Picard show will continue “as long as Patrick Stewart wants to do it.” He mentioned that he and the other producers had discussed a three or five-season series, but have now settled on allowing things to run more organically.

Interestingly, Stewart revealed to CBS Sunday Morning that he actually did not want to be an executive producer. In the interview (watch below), he said that he had too much to learn and not a lot of time back during his Next Generation days.

He also shared how he lectured Trek star Denise Crosby on not having fun while shooting, and that he had “no idea” what he was saying when he first spoke the iconic Star Trek mantra.