Star Trek: Discovery just gave us a massive hint about Season 2 and the trajectory of the Mirror Universe’s former Emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) thanks to a “secret scene” cut from the Season 1 finale that was shown during the show’s WonderCon panel on Saturday.
Watch the scene below, via Discovery’s Twitter account:
In this EXCLUSIVE BONUS SCENE from the season 1 finale of #StarTrekDiscovery, Mirror Georgiou receives a surprise invitation from Leland (@alanvansprang) to join a mysterious organization. *Spoiler Warning* Season 1 now streaming: https://t.co/KoUK3vJfGz pic.twitter.com/BVymEYr6Up
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) March 24, 2018
The cut scene sees Mirror Georgiou running a club on Kronos when she’s approached by a mystery man who she mistakes for a member of Starfleet. He tells her that he’s not, and that his organization is “far more resourceful,” and that he believes Georgiou would be “a valuable asset” to them in their quest for galactic peace. He offers her the chance to “exert some influence over the fate of this galaxy,” rather than slumming it on Kronos, and leaves her with a mysterious black box. When Georgiou opens it, it contains a black version of the Starfleet insignia badge, leaving her with one passing remark: “Welcome to Section 31.”
The mystery man, Leland, is played by Alan Van Sprang, who remained tight-lipped on his role. “Section 31 is… I can’t say anything about it, literally, it’s a Section that cannot be spoken of,” he laughed during the panel Q&A. Trek fans know that the mysterious group is an autonomous black ops organization, ostensibly designed to protect the security of the Federation without operating by Starfleet rules.
We don’t yet know what role Section 31 will play in Discovery Season 2, but it’s safe to assume that Georgiou and Van Sprang’s enigmatic character will be a pivotal part of the upcoming story.
Showrunner Aaron Harberts also addressed whether or not Star Trek: Discovery takes place in the “prime” timeline, saying, “The idea was always to be in the prime timeline. Obviously there are questions and concerns and things that are different – our technology is different, we have a ship that runs differently… Season 2 is really exciting for us because this is our opportunity to show how Discovery fits into this prime timeline, we’re firmly committed to that. But I do like the idea of seeing other universes from time to time.”
Harberts also addressed the question of whether Discovery will change its officers’ uniforms to something a bit more traditionally Trek in Season 2. Acknowledging that Discovery did “bump up against the Enterprise in the finale,” Harberts hedged, “We know what kind of uniforms they wear, so we’ll leave it at that.”
Star Trek: Discovery is renewed for a second season and is expected to return later in 2018. For more on Discovery, make sure to check out our Season 1 finale review, plus read what the executive producers have to say about the finale and their Season 2 plans.