In an interview with TVLine, Terry Matalas, the showrunner of “Star Trek: Picard,” discussed the show’s series finale and the possibility of a new series. Here are the key takeaways:
- The series finale of “Star Trek: Picard” served as a proper send-off to Jean-Luc and his Next Generation pals, giving them one final victory over the Borg and one more chance to play poker together.
- The show’s ending sets up a new story with Seven of Nine captaining a new Enterprise and Raffi, Jack Crusher, and Sidney La Forge aboard as well. Matalas said it “feels like a new mix,” and if there were to be a continuation, the original cast members would be willing to return.
- When asked if the story of Seven’s new ship could continue in a new Trek series, Matalas said, “there’s nothing in development, currently. It’s just a pie-in-the-sky sort of fan wish at the moment.”
- Matalas revealed that the new Enterprise crew has a very particular set of skills that’s a little bit different than your typical Starfleet flagship. He also explained that the decision to bring back Q was to honor the beginning of Next Gen by passing the torch to Jack.
- Regarding the final poker scene, Matalas wanted to capture what it’s like to really be in the room with the cast. He rolled the camera for 45 minutes and just caught them really playing the game, with the only bit of scripted dialogue being the last few lines.
- Some of the key characters, like Laris and Wesley Crusher, were missing from the finale due to time, money, and narrative reasons. Matalas said they deliberately left it open for the audience to decide, and if they were to come back, they could dig into it.