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For the fifth and final season of Insecure, Insecure Fest returned as an in-person event where cast, crew and hundreds of fans came together to say farewell to the show. The five-hour festival, hosted by Crissle and Fran of the InsecuriTEA podcast, featured Black-owned vendors, immersive photo moments, musical performances, and an exclusive screening of the first episode of Season 5.
The second and third seasons tell separate stories, despite being developed together. Before the end of 2019, Chabon and Goldsman met with Stewart to pitch the season's story, and Kurtzman said in January 2020 that the writers were confident in it. Kurtzman did want the option to adjust the story based on responses to the first season, but Chabon said the second season would not be affected by fans who criticized the first for not meeting their expectations. The full story for the second season was broken by March 2020 and writing had begun. The story features Q sending Picard and his companions to an alternate timeline where humanity has formed the xenophobic "Confederation of Earth" instead of the United Federation of Planets. They have to travel back in time to the 21st century to prevent that dark future from happening. Production delays due to the pandemic allowed more episodes to be written than usual, which meant earlier episodes could subsequently be revised. One change was that two episodes exploring the dark alternate timeline, written by Chabon, were re-written into one episode. Writing for the season was completed after filming began in early 2021, and Goldsman said it would not be clear if they were successful in crafting the full story until editing was done.
Also in April 2021, John de Lancie was announced as reprising his Next Generation role of Q, an extra-dimensional being, in the season. To explain de Lancie's older appearance, Q initially appears the same as he did in The Next Generation (with de Lancie being digitally de-aged) before choosing to age himself to match the older Picard. In September, Annie Wersching was revealed to be cast in the recurring role of the Borg Queen, taking over from Alice Krige who portrayed the character in the film Star Trek: First Contact (1996) as well as the Voyager series finale. Susanna Thompson also portrayed the character in several episodes of Voyager. Wersching's first television role was as a guest star on Star Trek: Enterprise, and Goldsman considered bringing this "full circle" by having this version of the Borg Queen be the same character. Later in the season, the Borg Queen enters the mind of Agnes Jurati and becomes a new Queen that Alison Pill portrays. The season also introduces a younger version of Guinan in 2024 who does not yet know Picard. The original version of Guinan first met Picard in 1893 during the events of the Next Generation time travel episode "Time's Arrow", but Matalas explained that these events do not happen during this season's altered timeline because the Federation does not exist. A long-time Next Generation fan, guest star Ito Aghayere revisited Goldberg's episodes and studied her mannerisms. She intended for her version to start as more aggressive and grow into Goldberg's calmer performance.
With the season delving further into Picard's family, his mother Yvette appears several times via flashbacks. The character was portrayed as an old woman by Herta Ware in the Next Generation episode "Where No One Has Gone Before", but a younger version is portrayed by Madeline Wise in this season, in which she is shown to have struggled with mental health issues and died by suicide when Picard was a child. Picard explains that he has been suppressing this memory all of his life and Ware's older version of the character was a vision that he had imagined of his mother getting to live a long life. James Callis, who had a recurring role in 12 Monkeys, appears as Picard's father Maurice (who was portrayed by Clive Church in The Next Generation). A new member of the family, Renée Picard, plays a key role in the season's 2024 events, portrayed by Penelope Mitchell.
CBS announced in June 2020 that it was participating in the "All In Challenge" to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Money donated to the campaign would go to charities including Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen, and No Kid Hungry, and fans who donated could win the chance to visit the series' set, meet Patrick Stewart, and have a walk-on role in an episode. In February 2021, Stewart appeared in a marketing campaign for Super Bowl LV advertising the rebranded streaming service Paramount+. A panel for the season was held during the "First Contact Day" virtual event on April 5, 2021, celebrating the franchise on the fictional holiday marking first contact between humans and aliens in the Star Trek universe. Stewart and de Lancie discussed the season at the panel, which debuted a teaser revealing the focus on time travel and the return of Q. A second teaser was released to coincide with "Capitan Picard Day" on June 16, featuring a look at de Lancie's return and teasing an alternate timeline for the characters. A teaser poster was also released featuring a contemporary-looking Los Angeles. Liz Shannon Miller of Collider highlighted the appearance of Q in the trailer as well as the emphasis on other characters such as Seven of Nine in alternate timeline scenarios. Matthew Jackson at Syfy Wire also highlighted the appearance of Q, saying it gave him goosebumps. James Whitbrook of io9 focused on Seven of Nine appearing without her Borg implants and described the teaser poster as "cryptic".
Coinciding with the season's release, Paramount+ opened the 10 Forward: The Experience pop-up event in Los Angeles on March 10, for 10 days. Each day featured a different local food truck as well as themed cocktails and the "10 Forward Canteen Store" where merchandise could be purchased. The event also featured "experiential environments", "digital interactions", and photo opportunities. Guests were encouraged to dress in cosplay. Paramount+ also brought the 10 Forward: The Experience pop-up event to San Diego from July 21 to 24 for the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. July 23 featured a surprise event with members of the cast. At the Las Vegas Star Trek convention in August, Star Trek Wines announced the 2401 Chateau Picard wine and a Risian wine based on those seen in "The Star Gazer". The bottles were based on scans of the props from the episode.