Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon has explained the reasoning behind popular character Hugh’s death in the series. The ex-Borg (“xB”) drone died from a blade thrown by Romulan spy Narissa in Star Trek: Picard season 1, episode 7, “Nepenthe” while covering the titular Jean Luc Picard’s retreat.
Chabon recently revealed why Hugh had to be killed in an interview with THR, admitting he “felt very sad” when he helped write the episode. The showrunner was the one who scripted the part where Hugh was killed by Narissa and, being a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, he claimed to be well aware of the fact that killing beloved characters like Hugh could go either way with viewers. He said writing the death was necessary and “the best way to go,” albeit a very difficult task emotionally, as Hugh wasn’t an initial inclusion where the story of Picard’s first season is concerned.
So once we sort of committed to a big part of our season being about the lives of former Borg – Ex Bs, as we call them – and exploring how their lives are traumatized [from that experience], how they have or have not dealt with that trauma, and how they remain these objects of fear and hatred even though they were victimized by the Borg, to put Hugh in the center of that lead to what felt like a dramatic way to service the character’s end.