STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Series Finale Epilogue Reveals the Fate of Captain Burnham


After five seasons and 65 episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has landed in dry dock. The first Star Trek streaming series has released its latest episode, “Life, Itself.” And the finale has a coda that ties together the journey of Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). What a journey it has been. In the first episode, set in the 23rd century, Burnham (Spock's adopted sister) is a mutineer whose actions landed her in Starfleet prison. She joins discoveryof the crew, and serves several captains. Then, after time traveling 900 years into the future, Michael Burnham becomes the captain of discovery Herself. And now, we see where her life takes her decades later.

Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin Green) in the last season of Discovery.

Michael Burnham met the man who would be the love of his life, Kwejian Cleveland Booker (David Ajala), when he arrived in the 32nd century. This was at the beginning of the third season. The two became partners when Burnham got stuck in this strange future. He became a space messenger with Booker, or “Book” for short. Eventually, they became romantically involved, even after she became the captain of discovery. Over the past three seasons, the pair had their ups and downs. They even broke up for a while. But at the end of the series, the two recommitted their love for each other. This was at the wedding of Captain Saru (Doug Jones) and the vulcan president T'Rina (Tara Rosling).

Admiral Burnham is married to Booker and they have a grown son in Starfleet

The Star Trek: Discovery coda shows the Burnham family, including Michael and Book's son, Captain Leto.

then, Star Trek: Discovery it drops a bomb on us. We move decades into the future. We see that Burnham and Booker are now married and living in a country house on a remote alien planet. When Michael wakes up for his morning coffee, Book follows her, and in their conversation, it is revealed that today is a big day for her. Now it's Admiral Burnham, and a shuttle is coming to take her to a special ceremony. When the shuttle arrives, a young man takes off, played by Sawandi Wilson. He is revealed to be the son of Burnham and Booker. He's also in Starfleet and about to get his own own command and starship. He appears as “Captain Leto” in the credits, although he is never referred to by name. She's in her thirties, meaning she and Booker have been married for at least three decades or more in these scenes.

Michael Burnham takes command discovery one last time

Admiral Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) takes command of Discovery for one last mission in the series finale.

Booker stays behind on the alien world, and mother and son go together to Starfleet headquarters. In typical Trek fashion, they have a new uniform design. They talk together in the shuttle about Burnham's friend Tilly, who is now the longest serving instructor at Starfleet Academy. We don't really know what became of the rest The discovery crew, though we see a montage of them together in their younger days. Once they reach Starfleet headquarters, we see that they are reversing discovery in its original 23rd century mode, with the letter “A” removed from its registration number.

The crew of the Discovery in a flashback at the end of the series.

Michael Burnham comes on board discoverynow an empty ghost ship, and talk to Zora, The discovery responsive AI system. They embark together on one last mission. It is a secret mission of the “Red Directive”, where discovery will wait for a ship of unknown origin for a thousand years. Upon reaching the coordinates, Burnham will disembark, while Zora waits for the mysterious ship. Zora realizes that after this mission, she and Burnham will never see each other again. Burnham says his famous catchphrase one last time as they warp off: “Let's fly.”

Will Michael Burnham return? Star Trek: Starfleet Academy?

Admiral Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in the flash forward from the end of Star Trek: Discovery.

Will we follow this future version of Michael Burnham? It depends on when exactly the new Starfleet Academy series takes place. It can happen simultaneously with the elder Michael Burnham that we see in the discovery epilogue What we do know is that after many hardships, Admiral Michael Burnham led a full and fruitful life, something she could never have foreseen for herself in the series' original episode, when she was an outcast mutineer, a runaway by almost every member of Starfleet. Admiral Michael Burnham has had a journey unlike any Starfleet commander, or Star Trek series leader, before her.


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