'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Episode 10: Where was Philippa Georgiou sent by the Guardian of Forever?
Philippa Georgiou just got the most impressive backdoor pilot to her own spinoff series that a character could ever ask for
Spoilers for 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3, Episode 10 'Terra Firma, Part 2'
For a while, it looked like Philippa Georgiou's (Michelle Yeoh) journey was coming to an end but it turns out that it's just beginning. After a surreal trip to an alternate past that she was given free rein to change, Georgiou was judged worthy enough by the Guardian of Forever (Paul Guilfoyle) to head on to whatever uncertain future — or past — was meant for her. But where exactly did she go to when she stepped through the portal, and where (and when) will we see her next?
As explored last episode, the main problem with Georgiou's destabilization was the fact that Earth Prime was not her native era nor was the 32nd Century her native time. Her very molecules were rejected being taken so far away from her original point in spacetime and the Guardian of Forever bypassed both of these to send her back to her original time and place — or at least a version of it, one whose history she was free to change.
This turned out to be a test, however, in order to determine whether or not she'd be a force for good in whatever new destination the Guardian is sending her to. While she is not returning to the Mirror Universe, she will be returning to a time, at least, where the Mirror Universe has not drifted so far away from the Prime one. Since the drift happened approximately 500 years ago, there are still a vast number of time periods Georgiou could have been sent to.
However, given the fact that Michelle Yeoh's Philippa Georgiou is being given her very own spinoff, it's likely that she's been sent back somewhere closer to the 23rd Century, to take her place among the many 'Star Trek' television series going on in that era.
The fact that she was tested, however, is significant, because as the Guardian points out, it means that she's not being sent back to the past but to a very pivotal moment in the past, one from where she can enact great change. The original concept for the Georgiou spinoff was going to involve the mysterious Section 31. However, that announcement came before Season 2 of 'Star Trek: Discovery' even released, and there's a lot of room for change in the intervening time.
The next episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery airs on December 24 on CBS All Access.