Esteemed actor Patrick Stewart has let it slip that the first episode of the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series will feature some huge Borg reveals. The series takes place 20 years after the events of 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis and is heavily impacted by two seismic events in Star Trek's long, storied history (one of which happens in Nemesis). Several other Star Trek: The Next Generation actors will appear, such as Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jeri Ryan, as confirmed by Picard's NYCC trailer.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard was first introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation and he quickly became a fan favorite, cementing himself as one of the franchise's greatest characters. Tactical, clever, and logical, Stewart's Picard saves his crew more times than one can count (as a good captain should). The upcoming Star Trek: Picard will undoubtedly deepen his character in ways viewers won't even expect.
For those unfamiliar with the Borg, they are cybernetic beings linked to a hive mind known only as "the Collective." They frequently show up to cause Picard and company grief, often attempting to "assimilate" them into their species using nanoprobes and cybernetic surgeries. The Borg are a gnarly bunch, and their return can only spell bad news for Picard. While appearing at the Destination Star Trek convention, Stewart revealed (via ComicBook) that after watching Star Trek: Picard's premiere episode, fans will "know more about the Borg."
Star Trek: Picard will also feature two of Star Trek's major Borg characters - Hugh and Seven of Nine - but details surrounding their involvement are scarce. We do know that Hugh will be getting a redesign for his debut on the CBS All-Access series, but details of his role are otherwise unknown. Still, having two reformed Borg feature prominently in the series is surely connected to whatever it is Picard is about to reveal about the assimilation-obsessed species.
Given what we do know about Star Trek: Picard so far, it's shaping up to be a memorable return for the beloved captain. Picard has a personal history with the Borg, too, and there will likely be some understandable tension between him and the ruthless aliens. It will be exciting to see how this first season deepens (or darkens) their dynamic. Knowing how excited fans are for the series, it's crazy to think Stewart originally turned down the role!
Star Trek: Picard premieres November 23rd on CBS All-Access.