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Star Trek: Discovery cast open up on reviving historical LGBTQ relationship

*Warning, contains spoilers.

Star Trek: Discovery threw a major curve ball by resurrecting Hugh Culber in its most recent episode Saints of Imperfection.

Hugh, played by Wilson Cruz, returned after he was discovered to be the weak ‘monster’ that had abducted Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), with partner Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) bringing him back to the Discovery.

With the first ever same-sex couple in the franchise back together again, actors Anthony and Wilson teased to The Hollywood Reporter what their future holds.

Anthony began: ‘We find a really interesting way to explore the idea that if you come back [to life], what is that like?

‘What you’re going to learn is that he’s Hugh, but it’s a new body. What is it like to be the same person inside of a new body?

‘And what is it like to have your consciousness be in a different realm for a while?’

He added: ‘It’s like someone coming out of a coma. What is it like to live and breathe again in this universe when you’ve been living and breathing in such a traumatized manner?’

Wilson continued: ‘We will find out not just about who are they are to each other, but who they are individually.

‘Last season, it was fair to say that Culber was very much in service of Stamets’ ambition. But this season, we really get to see who Hugh Culber is, why he does what he does.

‘I want people to imagine what it’s like to have gone through all of that [in the network] and to now be back where it all started.

‘That experience has affected how he feels about his life, career, relationship, and who he is.’

He revealed: ‘We will learn there are consequences for him, as there should be. We don’t pull any punches, and I think we deliver a love story that is worthy of this relationship.’

Star Trek: Discovery airs Thursdays on CBS All Access in the US, with episodes releasing Friday on Netflix UK.

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