The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard is just two months and now we are hearing a bit more from the man himself as Sir Patrick Stewart talks about the new dynamics between the returning Star Trek: The Next Generation characters.
Patrick Stewart is interviewed in the new Den of Geek Magazine and he talks about the upcoming season of Picard will have a new level of tension between Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher:
Well, there was a lot of personal tension that was always there. Jean-Luc always admired her, and she, him, in equal measure. But there have always been issues in the past where Picard thought maybe she wasn’t behaving appropriately. And, of course, there had been the makings of a romance, which didn’t seem that it was going to work out. But [this season], we learn that life-changing things have actually happened for Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard. His fury about the way in which Beverly has lived with this unexpected event led to some of the most interesting scenes that I played. The scenes I have with Gates in season three are among my favorites because they were emotionally naked, both of them…and vulnerable. I don’t think we’d ever seen both of them at the same time at that stage.
It has previously been reported that Picard and Crusher have not seen each other for years ahead of season three, which begins with Beverly’s ship coming under attack from an unknown threat.
And there is even more tension to cover as Stewart talks about some of the intense scenes between his Admrial Picard and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes):
It’s an illustration of how strongly both of them feel and the intensity of how that relationship developed. There were some very warm and lovely scenes between the two of them because they love one another and adore each other. But you see, when we learn that Picard was perhaps not right in the choices he was making, that was important to me. That made Picard more human. It made him somebody who, to our surprise, could allow his feelings at times to overwhelm him in a dangerous and negative way.
This new dynamic has been hinted at before. In his TrekMovie interview last month Frakes said “Riker has a big conflict with Picard as part of the arc for the season.”
The third and final season premieres on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., with new episodes of the 10-episode-long season available to stream weekly on Thursdays. Here is the latest trailer from NYCC.
Picard streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S.A. It is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories, and in Canada it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.
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