The creators of Star Trek2: Picard Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman witnessed the end for Jean-Luc Picard’s life coming.
The dream to bring Patrick’s Stewart from “Star Trek: The Next Generation captain” to the television after 1994 was a bold attempt after the season 1 had seen Picard’s sacrifice and life after death. Though it was not clear on how to depict the character after season 1, there is still an opportunity to bring Picard’s arc through this.
Speaking on this Michael stated to a magazine after Season 1 that: “We didn’t decide to do this to the character from a place of we didn’t want to have future seasons or anything like that,” and “from the original plan for the show, even though our original outline changed significantly to what you eventually saw, the plan — and Sir Patrick’s plan from the beginning — was ‘let’s tell more stories with Picard.’”
Earlier in January the executive producer of the series Alex Kurtzman stated that: “none of their original pitch doc for the first season made it to the shooting of the final project. That story document — written by Chabon, Kurtzman, and Goldsman — also didn’t feature Data (Brent Spiner), a character whose death in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis would eventually end up playing a vital role in Picard’s post-Captain-of-the-Enterprise life. As the story was evolving, what stayed constant — other than the titular character — was embracing the narrative’s potential to unfold in a very Peak TV, binge-friendly way. “
Further, Chabon added that: “You really have to ‘binge-watch’ the whole thing in ten episodes,” “and it’s a tricky thing because of the whole episodic versus the serialized way we watch things, and how especially Star Trek audiences are sort of trained [to expect] more of that episodic, mission-of-the-week structure. And that’s not what this show is.”