The entire ‘Next Generation’ cast will appear in 'Star Trek: Picard' season three

LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden and Michael Dorn join the cast.

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Promotional portrait of the cast of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' California, 1987. Pictured are from left, front row, British-American actress Marina Sirtis (as Counselor Deanna Troi), British actor Patrick Stewart (as Captain Jean-Luc Picard), and American actress Gates McFadden (as Doctor Beverly Crusher); from left, back row, American actors Jonathan Frakes (as Commander William T. Riker), Brent Spiner (as Lieutenant Commander Data), Whoopi Goldberg (as Guinan), LeVar Burton (as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge), and Michael Dorn (as Lieutenant Worf). (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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The entire* principal cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will appear on the third and final season of Picard. Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner, who have already featured in the series, will be joined by LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden and Michael Dorn. In a statement, executive producer Terry Matalas said that “it’s most fitting that the story of Jean-Luc Picard ends honoring the beginning, with his dearest and most loyal friends from the USS Enterprise.”

Matalas added that the final season will offer a “final, high-stakes, starship-bound adventure,” which, at a guess, nods at the predominantly planet-bound series so far. Of course, long-time fans might be nervous at what the show’s writers will have cooked up for our beloved crew, especially after giving Riker and Troi a minor-key postscript to their Star Trek tenure. Maybe Dr. Crusher is now pushing medical misinformation over subspace while Geordie spends his retirement as a crypto evangelist.

* Sadly, no in-series return for Ready Room host Wil Wheaton, despite the fact he was in almost half the episodes, or Diana Muldaur.

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