The currently in production third season of Star Trek: Picard will end the show. Patrick Stewart and Akiva Goldsman confirmed the news in SFX Magazine. Patrick Stewart is currently 81-years-old and looked every minute of it in season one.
Both Goldsman and Stewart claim this was always the plan, to do only three seasons and then retire the character, accepting he cannot go on forever.
Star Trek continues to power Paramount+, whether we like it or not. Even with Picard ending, the streamer will still carry Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and Star Trek: Prodigy. Who is watching all this? We have no idea.
Picard launched in January 2020, in that strange twilight world at the start of this whole COVID thing. Initial good reactions were quickly changed as the series became bogged down and seemed to run contrary to everything that everyone knew and loved about Captain Jean Luc Picard. Luke Skywalker Deconstruction Disease struck again.
It ended with a whimper, rather than a bang. Paramount ordered the 2nd and 3rd season shot back to back but COVID had delayed the production.
The second season will see Whoopi Goldberg return as Guinan and John de Lancie reappear as Picard’s nemesis Q. It starts on March 3rd. If outside the US it will be on Amazon Prime.