When will season 2 of Star Trek: Picard happen?

The current estimated date for season 2 to be released is some time between late 2020 and early 2021. The first episode of season 1 was released on 23 January 2020, so late January 2021 is a likely kick-off date. 

The next season will consist of ten episodes. Patrick Steward confirmed back in 2019 that he’d be committed to the series for at least three years, so we wouldn't be surprised to see Picard extended beyond season 2. However, it’s still early days to be confirming anything just yet.

How to watch Star Trek: Picard

If you’re based in the US, you’ll be able to catch Picard on CBS All Access, and episodes are released weekly at 12:01am. You will not be able to watch it on the CBS network on broadcast TV - you'll need to be subscribed to the streaming service which costs $5.99 for ad-supported video, and $9.99 for ad-free. If you’re out of America, you can still watch CSB All Access using a VPN.

In the UK (and over 200 other countries and territories), Amazon Prime Video has exclusive streaming rights. These episodes go live 24 hours after airing in the US - so be certain to avoid spoilers online. Amazon Prime Video costs £5.99 for streaming alone, and £7.99 for additional features like next-day delivery. If you’re considering whether or not Amazon Prime is the right streaming platform for you, take a look at our comparison of the best streaming services.

Who will appear in season 2?

It wouldn’t be ‘Picard’ without the man himself, so we know that Sir Patrick Stewart will be returning for the titular role. It’s yet to be confirmed if co-stars of the show - Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora - will be returning. We’ll likely know more once season 1 is over.

There was also a very public announcement made by Stewart himself who went on the American chat show The View to personally invite Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as TNG Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Deadline also revealed that the current showrunner Michael Chabon will be stepping down from his role for season 2, though he will still remain as an executive producer.

What will the plot be?

Seeing as we’re still in the first season of Picard, predicting the plot of season 2 is virtually impossible at the moment. As the series continues to air, we’ll be able to make more educated guesses and pick up rumours from cast and crew on the future of the show.