Star Trek: Picard will bring in a very special and destructive guest for Season 2, with the recent teaser trailer for the upcoming season revealing that John de Lancie's Q will return to pester Jean-Luc Picard. Q always threw the strangest challenges and puzzles at Picard and his crew during Star Trek: The Next Generation, so the news of his reemergence was embraced by many fans eager for the Paramount+ series to return.
As for how John de Lancie himself feels about reprising the role many years after his last time in Q's shoes, he described it as a bit of a "mixed bag" when speaking with Variety. There, he spoke of how he learned the producers were interested in having him involved in Season 2, along with the obvious changes that Star Trek: Picard will have to address in regards to Q's physical changes. Here's how de Lancie put it:
Q's immortality will be an interesting concept to address, given John de Lancie couldn't help but age naturally in the past few decades. Star Trek: Picard has already worked some of its magic in Season 1 to make Brent Spiner's Data appear as ageless as the Synth should have been, so that same magical (read: digital) touch could be utilized for Q. Of course, Q is the type of chracter who might make himself look old intentionally just to mock Picard, so there's plenty of avenues for the writers to take, depending on where they take his story.
John de Lancie also touched upon his discussions with Star Trek's current TV producers regarding his return to the franchise, and he revealed that he's already filmed some of Q's return. The actor couldn't talk specifics about what Q will be up to in Star Trek: Picard Season 2, but did he give broad strokes for what audiences should expect.
John de Lancie essentially stated that "change is the only constant" when it comes to this universe, so I would wager some meaningful changes may be coming to the character's origin and main story in Star Trek: Picard Season 2. I'm not entirely sure what it could be, but hey, if this show could pull off making Picard a Synth after Season 1 without much of a fanbase uproar, I have faith we'll all be able to handle whatever changes are made to Q.
Star Trek: Picard is slated to premiere on Paramount+ at some undisclosed point in 2022. That means there's plenty of time for fans to speculate what Q may have in store for Picard and crew and how it could all tie into that major event that Picard probably wishes he could relive if given a chance.
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