Annie Wersching (Bosch, Marvel’s Runaways) will join the Season 2 cast of Star Trek: Picard in a recurring role as the Borg Queen.
The Borg Queen first made her mark in the TrekVerse in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, as played by Alice Krige. Susanna Thompson took over the role for three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. Krige then resumed the character she originated in the Voyager series finale, episode, Endgame. The Queen hasn’t been seen since then, although she was mentioned in an episode of Picard season 1.
The Borg were reintroduced to the Trek universe in the first season of Star Trek: Picard and season 2 promises to continue Jean-Luc’s decades-long conflict with the assimilating species.
Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan, Orla Brady and Brent Spiner. Season 2 follows its titular character (Stewart) into the next chapter of his life. John de Lancie’s Q will also see a return in season 2.
The Borg Queen’s return will undoubtedly impact both Picard and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), as both characters are still haunted by their experiences as part of the Borg Collective. In Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Best of Both Worlds episode, Jean Luc was assimilated into the Collective and became Locutus of Borg an experience that traumatised him for a long time. Now, following his resurrection in the season 1 finale, Picard is now a cybernetic being himself. Not only did Seven briefly take on the role of Borg Queen last season, but she and her parents were also assimilated by the Borg when she was a child.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the Borg Queen has in store for these two and whether time travel has anything to do with her reappearance.