Aaron Waltke was asked by a number of people on Twitter, and his answers indeed come down to that. For example: Still, I hope they at least quietly got an order (partial funding) to start preparations of season 3, like breaking the story over 20 episodes and maybe ordering the first 5 or 10 scripts, so at least the writer's room can reconvene and everything would be ready to start production once/if the final green light is given. Waltke also had another interesting response on Twitter (in response to a question whether or not Prodigy is canon, as the person who asked that question found it hard to imagine that Picard and Prodigy play in the same universe/continuity: Someone noted that Starfleet vessels talking to one another is something taken from Prodigy's S1 final. But maybe there will be more links to Prodigy in Picard S3. He also promised even better CGI in S2. While Prodigy's animation is fantastic, more constant quality or more ambitious setpieces (as far as decor etc goes) would be good. Hopefully S2 will make good on his promise.