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Star Trek: Picard’s Patrick Stewart reveals the one thing that would make him consider signing on for more seasons of the sci-fi series.

Patrick Stewart recently expressed interest in continuing Star Trek: Picard beyond its upcoming third and final season — on one condition.

Stewart revealed what could lure him back for more episodes of the sci-fi series during a presentation at the Television Critics Association’s 2023 winter press tour. He said that he would consider reprising the Jean-Luc Picard role again in additional seasons of Picard provided they “maintain the work quality” of their predecessors. Stewart also confirmed that Picard Season 3 will “leave doors open” for a potential Season 4, despite being conceived as the show’s swansong season. That said, there is currently no indication that Paramount+ intends to renew Picard beyond its current three-season run.

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This is reflected in Star Trek: Picard Season 3’s trailer, which gives every indication that the show’s cast and crew intend to wrap up the series with a bang. Not only does the trailer spotlight a formidable new villain in the form of Amanda Plummer’s Vadic, but it also teases the return of Stewart’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars. This included LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jonathan Frakes (William T. Riker), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner (Lore). They’ll be joined by returning Picard cast members Michelle Hurd and Jeri Ryan, who reprise the roles of Raffi Musiker and Seven of Nine, respectively.

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Showrunner Terry Matalas previously promised fans that Picard Season 3 will answer several lingering Star Trek: The Next Generation questions. He also confirmed that he invited the actors themselves to weigh in on what those answers would be. “I didn’t want to make anything that they didn’t want to make… They all have big things to do,” Matalas said. “We all meet them and find out where they are now. And some of those answers as to what they’re doing now are unexpected. So I wanted them to be happy and have input… They’ve lived with these characters. They go to the conventions. They know the stories that matter to these people.”

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For his part, Stewart has described working opposite The Next Generation cast in Picard Season 3 as a “wonderful” experience. He added that he and his co-stars had so much fun that they sometimes caused headaches for the show’s directors, as they were constantly joking around on the set.

Star Trek: Picard Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Paramount+. Season 3 is set to premiere on the platform on Feb. 16, 2023.

Source: TCA, via Variety

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