LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: LeVar Burton, and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut attend the “Picard” eason 3 premiere on February 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images for Paramount+)
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LeVar Burton Is Partially Why Sidney La Forge Survived Star Trek: Picard
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for
Season 3 of “Star Trek: Picard.”
Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut revealed to Decider how imperiled her character Sidney was during the production of “Star Trek: Picard” and how Levar Burton might have kept Sidney alive.
Audiences would learn that Geordi La Forge, played by Burton in “Picard,” was now running a museum and had two daughters in Starfleet, including Sidney.
Chestnut said, “I was told that I would only be in like two to three episodes [...] A rumor [was] my character was going to get killed off. And so I remember talking to LeVar.”
Given the sentimental nature of Season 3, it seemed ill-advised, at least to Burton, that Geordi should witness his daughter's death. Chestnut recalled Burton’s disapproval.
According to Chestnut, LeVar said, “Geordi is finally getting the chance to have this family that he's always wanted. It wouldn't be a good move to kill one of his children off.”
Chestnut was relieved her character ultimately lived, saying, “And so I think, LeVar specifically advocating for me and Sidney's character to stay on was a huge part [of it].”