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[Warning: The following post contains potential serious spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery. Read at your own risk!]
Captain Pike (Anson Mount) may have quickly become a fan-favorite character on Star Trek: Discovery, but fans shouldn’t get too attached, apparently.
According to Deadline, Mount and guest star Rebecca Romijn, who plays Number One, are set to exit Discovery at the end of Season 2, when the series catches up to the original series timeline. The stars reportedly only signed one-year contracts, so it’s no surprise to those behind the scenes.
The idea that Discovery will catch up to TOS at the end of Season 2 is really where the drama comes in though. The character of Captain Pike only appeared in one episode of Star Trek, and he ends up being paralyzed, disfigured, and mute. If Discovery catches up to that timeline, it means Pike is in for a very dangerous encounter that will force him to leave Starfleet and pave the way for James T. Kirk to take over the U.S.S. Enterprise.
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“This season we get inside his character in a way that we we didn’t get to do in the films,” Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman told Deadline in January. “And the fact that we will synchronize with canon by the end of this season, that means we may see shades of where we all know Pike will end up.”
When Discovery premiered, it was 10 years before the original series kicked off. If the show catches up, that means the events of Season 3, already ordered by CBS All Access, will run parallel to the events of the iconic show and the actions of Discovery could impact the paths of the crew of the Enterprise. Could this mean that Kirk could show up in Season 3? Or will Discovery find a way to not be confined by canon already set? We already know there is a mirror universe where Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew could show up. Just a thought!
TV Guide reached out to CBS All Access for confirmation but had not heard back at the time of publication.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 is currently airing Thursdays on CBS All Access.
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