Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart explains *that* season 2 twist

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Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Star Trek: Picard wrapped up season 2 with some big and tragic twists, delving deep into the beloved character's past and revealing an upsetting truth (as well as changing the Borg forever).

The Starship captain has long blamed his father for his mother's disappearance, but in this season he learned or rather, rediscovered a truth he had long buried – that his mother suffered from mental health issues, and died by suicide, something that Picard inadvertently helped her do.

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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It's quite a dark development for the character, but Sir Patrick Stewart thought it was definitely an "important" thing to look into for his character move forward, linking it to his own life.

"That was actually something that had been in my head for quite a long time," he told Variety. "I knew that there had been some kind of trauma. There had been hints and suggestions.

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Photo credit: Amazon Studios/Paramount+

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"So these might have only been in the writers' room, you know, where people would talk about this kind of thing then. But to have the opportunity to have revealed the actual truth of what his childhood was like and how he had distorted the story in order to protect himself.

"I was brought up in a somewhat violent background too, and I know how important it is to find reasons why things are happening. And sometimes to take responsibility for why they're happening, too."

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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