With the Klingon War officially ended and the USS Enterprise slated to finally make an appearance, Star Trek: Discovery wrapped its first season on an exciting note, making the wait for Season 2 all the more agonizing.
But until Season 2 beams to our TVs, we have important questions that need to be answered, such as whether or not Captain Pike's distress call to Discovery means we're finally going to see Spock and what really happened to Prime Lorca (Jason Isaacs) during that Mirror Universe switch. Did he die as it's believed or did he somehow make it out alive?
As we settle in for a long wait until the new season arrives, here's everything we know so far:
Kirk probably won't appear next season
Discovery takes place a decade before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, leaving the door wide open for characters from the original show to appear. That obviously includes Captain James T. Kirk, the future captain of the USS Enterprise. With Season 2 finally bringing in the famed ship, it looks like we'll start to see some of those familiar faces show up, but, unfortunately, Kirk probably won't be one of them. While the Discovery crew is off exploring deep space, he's stationed close to Earth aboard the USS Republic, making a cameo from him highly unlikely next season.
Spock might not appear either
The reveal that Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is actually Spock's adopted sister has raised a number of questions, namely when the beloved Vulcan would appear and why Burnham's name never came up during Spock's adventures aboard the Enterprise. According to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, you're finally going to get an answer as to why he never mentioned her before, but not necessarily straight from the horse's mouth.
"I've gone on the record with saying you guys are gonna get that answer," Kurtzman told TV Guide. "When I said that, I knew we weren't gonna get that answer [until] Season 2. Which, by the way, doesn't mean you're gonna see Spock in Season 2."
Not everyone will be happy about L'Rell's new position
In the Season 1 finale, L'Rell (Mary Chieffo) helped bring an end to the Federation's war with the Klingons and rose from obscurity to become their new leader. While most will be on board with her new mission to unite and restore honor to the race, some won't be happy about seeing a woman run things.
"We love the idea that a female Klingon ultimately takes power over all these guys," said Kurtzman. "And the truth is, there will be some men who are fine with that and there will be some men who really aren't fine with that."
Those men who aren't on board won't just be sitting in the shadows, they'll be making moves to dethrone her. But if anyone is up for the challenge, it's the woman who infiltrated Starfleet with a sleeper agent.
Burnham and Tyler are a done deal... for now
Burnham hasn't gotten over the fact that Tyler (Shazad Latif) used to be Voq — after all, her biological family was murdered by Klingons — but she did part ways with him on friendly terms in the Season 1 finale. Although they still harbor strong feelings for one another, both will be too preoccupied with pressing issues to try and rekindle things.
For Burnham, whose record has been expunged and who currently holds rank as Commander, a distress call from Enterprise will keep her busy aboard Discovery. Meanwhile, Tyler will be focused on figuring out who he is and where he fits in.
"He has to go on his own identity search now. Despite the fact that they can't be together now, I think that flame will always be there," said Kurtzman. Perhaps they'll revisit their romance sometime in the future but right now, they've got more important things to tend to.
L'Rell and Tyler will be allies
L'Rell and Tyler might share a complicated history but they're going to work together as allies in Season 2. Things calmed down for them romantically when L'Rell erased Voq's personality and Tyler realized he was in love with Burnham. With L'Rell stepping up as the new Klingon leader and Tyler embarking on a journey of self-discovery, it doesn't look like romance is in the cards for either of them.
"Right now, it's the politics instead of walking off into the sunset with Tyler," said Mary Chieffo. "I don't think that they're suddenly going to get back together or that there is that romance there but instead, they become allies."
Get ready for even more Tilly.
Over the course of the season we've seen Tilly (Mary Wiseman) push past her insecurities to become a more assertive member of the crew, and now that she has entered the command training program, we're going to witness more of that evolution next season.
"Tilly has an amazing arc this season," Kurtzman explained. "There's gonna be a lot of Tilly finding out things about herself and parts of herself she may not have even known were there."
The spore drive will be different.
The spore drive played an important part as the Federation's secret weapon in the war against the Klingons, but things will be different when we return for Season 2. "The spores will take on a new part of the show. There will be some jumping but it's gonna change this year," Kurtzman teased.
Given that the new technology was never mentioned in TOS, a change in how it's going to be used and the part it plays in the series moving forward is inevitable.
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