Will Star Trek: Discovery Show More Of Spock's Parents? Here's What James Frain Says

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Star Trek: Discovery fans got a nice surprise in the latest episode when Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, made an appearance in a memory of Sarek's. Now, fans are wanting to know if there will be more interaction between Spock's parents on the series, and James Frain has, seemingly, confirmed that will be happening in a recent interview:

We just accepted, in the original series: "Oh, he married a human, and that was the backstory for Spock." But it's like, "Wait a minute... he married a human?? How did that happen?" It's less extraordinary that he adopted Michael than that he married Amanda, and has this child [with her]. That precedes Michael. So yeah, I think there's so much there to explore, dramatically, and I'm looking forward to it.

James Frain also acknowledged to TVLine that we're seeing Sarek at an earlier point in his life, and while he doesn't outright confirm there will be more interaction between Sarek and Amanda, it sounds like he's prepared to further explore it. Given Frain's deep understanding of Amanda and Sarek's relationship, it sounds like there's a good chance we'll see more scenes between the two. The prospect is exciting, considering Amanda Grayson hasn't been given much love in the Star Trek universe compared to other characters, despite her being one-half of what makes Spock who he is. We also learned recently that Amanda had a pretty profound influence on Michael Burnham as her foster mother, so it would make sense that she will be featured more on the series as it continues.

So far, Star Trek: Discovery fans have only seen Amanda Grayson in Sarek's memory, but it's possible that could change. Grayson has made appearances in the original Star Trek series as well as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, so it's entirely possible she could meet up with Michael at some point in the present on the Discovery. Perhaps with Sarek in recovery on board the Discovery following his run-in with Vulcan extremists, that day may come sooner rather than later?

James Frain's comments, however, seem to allude more to the past which could mean we're in for more interactions between Amanda and Sarek in flashbacks. That's an equally exciting idea for Star Trek: Discovery, as showing a young Michael growing up in the half Vulcan household means that there's a good chance we may also see young Spock. The infamous son of Sarek was mentioned in the latest episode in Sarek's mind, but we have yet to see Michael interacting with her foster brother nor have we heard much on their relationship.

Star Trek: Discovery is all new October 29th at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS All Access. The series recently got the green light for Season 2 and dropped an f-bomb in an episode, so it's been an exciting couple weeks for fans, to say the least. For more on fall television that is worth checking out, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide and stay up to date on the latest and greatest shows.

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