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Why 'Star Trek: Picard' Season 3 May Not Really Be Able to Be Called a 'Final' Season

While the season is designed to conclude a certain arc, 'there are doors left open, still,' says series star Sir Patrick Stewart.

Danielle Turchiano
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Sir Patrick Stewart in 'Star Trek: Picard'

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Star Trek: Picard is marching towards its series finale ... or is it?

The third and marketed as final season of the popular Star Trek series premieres in February on Paramount+, but at a Television Critics Association press tour panel for the series, the team behind the show admitted that while there is a conclusion to this saga built into these final 10 episodes, they would be willing to tap back into the world once again later on.

Specifically, executive producer Alex Kurtzman said, "If the show blows the doors off the place as we're certainly hoping it would, who knows?" about returning. And series star Sir Patrick Stewart followed that up by saying, "If we can maintain the work that we did on Seasons 1, 2, and 3, then absolutely yes [I would return for more] because there's still enormous potential. ... And there are doors left open, still."

But, for the time being, the third season has been crafted as a final run in a trilogy, set in the Prime Universe.

"Jean-Luc Picard and Next Generation never got a final send off. It felt like after Star Trek: Nemesis there wanted to be one more final story," showrunner Terry Matalas said about wrapping up the show. "How better to end that journey than to look back at the beginning and to bring his friends and family from Star Trek: The Next Generation? So, there's a strong sense of conclusion to that storyline."

Within that conclusion, there will be additional character returns ala Moriarty (Daniel Davis), though the producers were keeping the specifics of who and when quiet for now.

Star Trek: Picard's third and final season premieres Feb. 16 on Paramount+. The first two seasons earned the show a Metascore of 75. The final season review embargo has not yet lifted. View the key art for the new season below.

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'Star Trek: Picard' Season 3 key art

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