Star Trek: Discovery has already announced plans to boldly go where no Star Trek series has gone before by breaking with Gene Roddenberry's "no conflict" mandate and exploring the interpersonal problems between Starfleet members, but now the series is setting its sights on another undiscovered country: Main character deaths.
The news comes from showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts who have said that the current television landscape has influenced the show and so the main characters will be in danger that might prove fatal.
"Game of Thrones changed television," showrunner Gretchen J. Berg told Entertainment Weekly. "They almost made it difficult to fall in love with people because you didn't know if they were going to be taken away from you. That show's had an influence on all TV dramas that have come after it."
It does not, however, seem like Star Trek: Discovery will turn into a blood bath or host a Red Wedding anytime soon. "Death isn't treated gratuitously on this show," Harberts added. "It's not for shock value. But when it happens we want to make sure that people really feel it."
Characters have died in different iterations of Star Trek before. Tasha Yar (The Next Generation), Dax (Deep Space Nine), Kes (Voyager) and Trip Tucker (Enterprise) all died on their respective shows. However, with the exception of Tucker who perished in the series' final episode, all of those deaths occurred because of issues behind the scenes.
Main characters from the original series have died as well. The death and resurrection of Spock were the motivating factors behind several of the movies based on the original series. Captain Kirk also died in the film Star Trek: Generations, which followed the cast of The Next Generation. However, it seems that Discovery will be the first series to make the deaths of its main characters always possible and to kill those characters off for story reasons over the course of the series.
In the United States, Star Trek: Discovery debuts Sunday, September 24 on CBS, before moving to the CBS All Access streaming service for follow-up weekly installments. In Canada, the series debuts on CTV and Space at 8:30 pm ET, with its second episode set to air immediately after on Space — subsequent episodes will air Sundays through November 5. Internationally, the series will debut on Netflix.
(via Entertainment Weekly)