Star Trek: Picard is over halfway through its first season, and the sequel adventure of Jean-Luc Picard has not come without bloodshed. Death has been a common element of the show thus far, but it wasn't until recently that the violence reached characters with a meaningful past in the lore. "Nepenthe" showed Hugh and Elnor trying to stop the plans of the Tal Shiar, and the effort ended up costing the Ex-Borg his life.
It was a tragic end for the character, who was first seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The decision to kill Hugh wasn't an easy one according to Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon, but once the ball got rolling, Chabon said it felt like the only way to end the character's arc.
Michael Chabon added to THR that it "felt very sad" to kill off Hugh in Star Trek: Picard, but added that it was the "most emotionally honest," way to close the character's arc. Hugh certainly gave the viewers an accurate look of what the Ex-Borg life entailed, and helped talk out what Picard was experiencing as an Ex-Borg on the Borg Cube. Hugh was the perfect character for the plot line, serving as a notable Borg for audiences to see who changed after being saved.
Fans reacted to Hugh's death on Star Trek: Picard with sadness, but seemed largely ok with the exit. That may be because Hugh hadn't been seen since Star Trek: The Next Generation, so writing him out and giving him an exit in the CBS All Access series was better than completely forgetting his character and giving him no exit at all. Actor Jonathan Del Arco was simply thrilled Hugh got another story to tell, and released a video sharing his thoughts after the exit.
Hugh won't be the last character Star Trek: Picard says goodbye to, which may be why fans are worried. Killing off a legacy Star Trek: The Next Generation character gives the sense that it could happen to anyone, though that has more or less always been the case across the Star Trek franchise. Will this series have more high profile exits before it says goodbye for good?
Tune in to Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access to see who could be on their way out before Season 1. Of course, stick with CinemaBlend to continue to stay informed on what's happening in the world of television and movies.
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