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Patrick Stewart Reacts To The Emotional Jean-Luc & Q Scene From Picard Season 2

In the season two conclusion of Paramount+'s Star Trek: Picard, Patrick Stewart had a heartfelt reaction to the emotional sequence between Jean-Luc and Q.

Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard has spent more time diving into Picard's background, including the reappearance of Q (John de Lancie), who was initially portrayed as an omnipotent entity capable of manipulating the universe in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Q had developed a sort of kinship with Picard, despite being introduced as an enemy in the original series, a concept that was further addressed in the latter episodes of Star Trek: Picard's second season. Q sends Picard on a time-traveling voyage back to Earth in 2024 in season two, and the two characters embrace a heartfelt and tearful goodbye in episode 10, the conclusion, before Q's life expires.

Stewart discusses the heartbreaking Picard and Q journey of season two, particularly their last goodbye in the finale, in a new interview with Variety. Stewart compliments his co-"amazing" star's work and finds the sequences between him and de Lancie "intense." Stewart notes that Q had transformed during the course of Star Trek: Picard, and that seeing the character's last moments of the season was "quite poignant." Here's the rest of Stewart's comment:

"I watched the episode this morning at seven o’clock. And it had moved me as Episode 9 had done, but this time, much, much more. The scenes with John de Lancie were very intense, but because I think we both we have great respect for one another and the work that we do, there was always a feeling of vulnerability about the scenes with Q. Sometimes Q was tiresome and sometimes he was threatening, and there was a feeling he could be violent. To have the relationship resolved as it was, was very potent, I thought, and the work that John did was extraordinary. There was no question that it was still Q, and it was a Q that we’d seen for over 30 years — but a changing man, and a man who had decided that he could safely reveal himself and who he really was. I found that very emotional."

Throughout Stewart's time as Picard, whether in Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Picard, Q has clearly played a significant role. Despite being portrayed as an antagonist for the most of the episode, Q's last actions demonstrate his real regard and adoration for Picard, putting an end to years of conflict. It's unclear if Q will return in the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, which promises to finish up the major stories from Star Trek: The Next Generation. For the time being, though, the character appears to be dead.

While many people know Star Trek with William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard is just as memorable and popular. Q's finale is clearly a highlight thus far, with Star Trek: Picard allowing the opportunity to tie up stray plot strands and say meaningful farewell to a number of Star Trek characters. It's conceivable that Q may return in some way for the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, but based on Stewart's poignant remarks, it's reasonable to assume that Picard and Q's stormy and emotional connection is over.

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