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Star Trek: Discovery’s Saru may get his own romantic storyline in future seasons

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Actor Doug Jones is inclined to think this will happen

Doug Jones as Saru, in Star Trek: Discovery
Doug Jones as Saru, in Star Trek: Discovery
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Star Trek: Discovery is still in its infancy, making the most important objective of the series to introduce the medley crew aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and leave us enamored.

That leaves little time for showrunners to focus on the budding, romantic relationships members of the Discovery crew may want to explore. There isn’t any reason or time to try and build relationships just yet considering people haven’t even had a chance to get acquainted. Still, the cast of Discovery aren’t immune to thinking about where their characters may go and what’s in store for them down the line.

Doug Jones, who plays the adorable, awkward and charming Kelpien, First Officer Saru, told Polygon that he would like to see Saru end up with someone as the show progresses. Jones’ wish for this character came up during a conversation about whether Saru was asexual, which the actor admitted he didn’t deem to be an accurate label.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actor Doug Jones attends 'Star Trek: Discovery' panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.
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“We have a lot of series left to go so I would love to think [he finds himself in a relationship]. I would love to know if it’s another Kelpian. I don’t believe that he’s asexual ... he probably has his wants and needs I’m sure, but he’s squelching them on his own right now.”

Jones said that because Saru is the first of his kind to leave home and make his way through Starfleet, that his focus was on climbing the hierarchal ranks bestowed upon various Starfleet officers. Jones said Saru has more to prove than most people and that weighs on his character’s conscious whenever he’s on duty.

“He is a loner. I’m the only one of my kind that has ever gone through Starfleet, ever left my home planet,” Jones said. “Can I find love? What other species would co-mingle with me properly? I think my character has been so focused on climbing the rank ladder that romance has been the farthest thing from my mind. Reproduction is being taken care of back at home. I’m on a different mission.”

The conversation has come up between Jones and Discovery’s showrunners, Jones said, but he’s unaware if anything will come of it. When we spoke to Alex Kurtzman, a showrunner and executive producer on the series, he confirmed that negotiation talks between CBS and the Discovery team for a second season were going very well. Kurtzman added that people should expect to hear about a second season soon.

The news is exciting for both Star Trek: Discovery fans and Jones, who wants Saru to find love but knows it may take a few seasons before we get there. Before that happens, however, Jones would like Saru to visit his home planet and explore his backstory, giving viewers even more of a reason to root for the alien.

Star Trek: Discovery airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS’ streaming service, All Access.