The newest Star Trek: Picard trailer, revealed during the last panel of Star Trek Day's celebrations, announced that the show will be launching its second season in February of next year. At the same time, it was confirmed that Sir Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc will indeed be back for a third season, which is expected to hit Paramount+ in the US, and Amazon Prime everywhere else, in early 2023.
The series had previously received an informal third season green-light at the start of 2020, in order for the second and third seasons to be developed together and subsequently filmed back-to-back. Production on the third season has just begun in full, as filming of the second season ended September 2nd.
Old enemies, friends, and frenemies appear in the trailer, including the return of franchise staple Q (John de Lancie). "Do you recall what I said, Jean-Luc, when last we parted ways?" he asks. "The trial never ends." With that, Q throws Picard and his crew into an alternate timeline that was created when he interfered with the past. The new future is a "totalitarian nightmare," and the only way to get the timeline back to normal is to return to the 21st century and repair the past.
"Do you recall what I said, Jean-Luc, when last we parted ways? The trial never ends." With that, Q sends Picard and his crew to an alternate timeline that was created when he went and messed with the past – presumably a reference to the events of the Star Trek: Next Generation episode, "Tapestry".
This new future is a "totalitarian nightmare" that can only be stopped by going back in time to the 21st century to "repair the past" before the future is changed irrevocably.
Stuart and Ryan will of course be returning in Picard's second season, and will be joined by Alison Pill as Dr. Agnes Jurati, Isa Briones as Soja, Evan Evagora as Elnor, Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, Santiago Cabrera as Cristobal Rios, Orla Brady as Laris, and Brent Spiner as Data. The trailer also offers fans their first glimpse at Annie Wersching as the Borg Queen.
Watch the official trailer for Star Trek: Picard season 2 below: