Star Trek: Picard just brought the house down at New York Comic Con, unveiling a teaser which brought back a number of Patrick Stewart's characters old friends - and one major foe.

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The teaser featured the returns of LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn and Gates McFadden to the franchise as Lt Commander Geordi La Forge, Worf and Dr Beverly Crusher respectively, while AI villain Professor Moriarty also made a menacing return in the footage.

This season is set to be the last for Star Trek: Picard, with a batch of 10 new episodes which were filmed back-to-back with season 2.

There's a lot for fans to look forward to in this final, barnstorming run, but just when is it set to debut, and what do we know about the season so far?

Read on for everything you need to know about Star Trek Picard season 3.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 release date speculation

Santiago Cabrera as Rios, Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and John de Lancie as Q in STAR TREK: PICARD.
Santiago Cabrera as Rios, Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and John de Lancie as Q in STAR TREK: PICARD. Trae Patton/Paramount+

We now know just when Star Trek: Picard will return for its third and final season in the US - the first new episode will release on 16th February 2023.

The exact UK air date and timings have yet to be confirmed - each new episode of season 2 was released on Amazon Prime Video one day after they were released on Paramount Plus in the US. However, now that streaming service has launched in the UK too, it's certain exactly when and where new Picard episodes will launch.

We'll keep this page updated as soon as we have the exact details confirmed. Filming has already wrapped on season 3, with production on seasons 2 and 3 having taken place back to back.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 cast

Amanda Plummer as Vadic in Picard season 3.
Amanda Plummer as Vadic in Picard season 3. Paramount Plus/Twitter

There's some exciting news when it comes to the cast for the final run – with no fewer than six familiar faces from Next Generation in line to return to the Star Trek universe.

LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn will reprise their roles as Lt Commander Geordi La Forge and Worf respectively, while Gates McFadden is also set to return as Dr. Beverly Crusher.

Meanwhile Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner – who have all made brief appearances in the series so far –will also have roles in the final run.

"I remember watching the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation almost 34 years ago with my father like it was yesterday. It was the spark that ignited my love for science fiction,” said season three showrunner and executive producer Terry Matalas when the news was first announced in April.

"So, it’s most fitting that the story of Jean-Luc Picard ends honoring the beginning, with his dearest and most loyal friends from the U.S.S. Enterprise. It would be an understatement to say that giving these characters a proper send-off is an honor. The entire Star Trek: Picard team and I can’t wait for fans to experience this final, high-stakes, starship-bound adventure in season three!”

Another new addition for season 3 is Amanda Plummer as Vadic, captain of the Shrike, who appears to be a new threat for Picard. Her role was revealed at the show's New York Comic Con panel in October 2022, as was the return of Daniel Davis as Professor Moriarty from The Next Generation.

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Naturally, Patrick Stewart will be back as the title character – but it looks like he won't be joined by Agnes Jurati star Alison Pill after she revealed that she won't be returning for the final run.

"I know that season three will be the end. I wasn't a part of season three, so I don't have much to say about it in terms of spoilers," she told MovieWeb. "I will get to watch along with everybody else."

It's unclear exactly which other cast members will be back for the final season, but we'd expect Isa Briones, Harry Treadaway, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora to feature – while Whoopi Goldberg could also be back as Guinan.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 plot

Patrick Stewart as Picard and Ito Aghayere as Guinan
Patrick Stewart as Picard and Ito Aghayere as Guinan Trae Patton/Paramount+ ©2022 ViacomCBS

It's a bit too early to talk about potential plot points at this stage – but given the returning cast members, it seems very likely the final run will see Picard dig into his past and be reunited with old friends.

An initial teaser for the season sees Picard recieving a distress call from Dr Beverly Crusher, with the old crew seemingly being hunted and having to go on the run.

We'll let you know when a more exact synopsis becomes available, but we can probably safely assume that the show won't go out without a bang.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 trailer

A teaser for the final season was released at the show's New York Comic Con panel in October 2022, revealing the return of old friends and an old enemy. Check it out below:

Star Trek: Picard season 3 will premiere on 16th February 2023. For more news, reviews and features, check out our dedicated Sci-Fi page or find something to watch now with our TV Guide.

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