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Why Fans Are Split About Worf's Character In The Picard Season 3 NYCC 2022 Trailer

The new teaser trailer for "Star Trek: Picard" Season 3 is out, and with it came some truly epic revelations — some of which have fans cheering, some of which have them booing, and others that just have everyone stunned and confused. The show has been highly anticipated from the beginning, with THR reporting, even before the show's first season debuted, Paramount+ (which was still then called CBS All Access) had already picked up Season 2 of the show and may have even put in orders to begin production on Season 3 immediately afterward.

Whether or not the show has lived up to those expectations is a matter of some debate among fans, but even the detractors are excited for the return of nearly all of the original cast for Season 3. In the cast announcement video posted by Paramount+ for Star Trek Day (April 5th), it was revealed that almost all of the main cast members of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" would be returning for Season 3 of "Picard," including Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtiz, and Brent Spiner. Spiner is hardly a surprise as he's been playing Data on the show in flashbacks and dreams, as well as playing multiple members of the Soong family who created Data. Sirtiz and Frakes are not hugely surprising, either, as they appeared in the Season 1 episode "Nepenthe." Still, the reunion of the nearly full cast is certainly a cause for celebration.

However, there are one or two things from the trailer that fans are unsure about, and many are deeply divided over one revelation from fan-favorite character Worf.

Is Worf a pacifist now?

In a moment of comedy from the trailer, Worf announces on the transporter pad, "You should know that I now prefer pacifism to combat," to which Riker responds, "We're all going to die." It's hard to tell how much Worf is resolved to his new, pacifist way of life, as he's clearly wearing some sort of weapon on his back.

While other revelations in the trailer — including the return of the holographic Moriarty — took up more of fans' time and energy in most social media, Worf's newfound stance on violence was still a popular topic of conversation. "Worf is a passivist [sic] now?" wrote Twitter user @waytoomuchbeer. Dave Blass, a production designer for, amongst other shows, "Star Trek: Picard," responded by pointing out that Worf was "A pacifist with a very sharp blade."

Some other fans were more accepting of Worf's new stance. "I am all about Worf being a pacifist because the greatest warrior, the most effective fighter, is the one who figures out how to win the battle without fighting," wrote @MMKhorshidian. "The mind is the ultimate battlefield. So, for Worf to embrace peace makes sense. This is central in the Art of War." There's certainly an argument to be made that to move from violence to peace is a logical progression for many warriors, but was Worf, in particular, the kind of person to be able to achieve that sort of personal growth? Fans will just have to see if the change works when the new season starts streaming on February 16.