Star Trek: Discovery is back from its break and now, hopefully, a lot of questions will be answered, including which universe the show will take place in. But now, there is a bigger question that might be answered very soon: What is really going on with Ash Tyler?
The Cheat Sheet previously talked to Shazad Latif who plays the character about who he is and how that affects his view of Klingons. “He’s in a prison because of the Klingons,” he said. “He’s got a personal issue against them, so he would never question it. He’s up for it.”
But now fans are starting to think this is probably not true and they might be right! Here are seven things to know about how Ash Tyler’s flashbacks might confirm a popular fan theory.
1. Ash Tyler might really be Klingon
There is a popular fan theory that Ash Tyler isn’t really human, but that’s not all. He might actually be Voq in disguised.
Reddit user absorballof47 wrote, “This theory is a bit wacky. Buuut if you google Javid Iqbal the actor who plays Voq, it almost seems like he’s made up. There is no info on the guy. So maybe Shazad Latif who plays Ash Tyler is actually playing Voq … Now I want to go back and see if I can see Clem Fandango in Voq.”
It starting to look like at least part of that theory could be true, because Tyler is suffering from flashbacks which include him possibly being romantically involved with L’Rell. Then there is a talk about Tyler’s name being something completely different so we might not know his true identity.
2. He has a secret identity he doesn’t remember
In a flashback, we find out we don’t know everything about Ash Tyler and neither does he. L’Rell tells him, “You have another name, say it. The prayer should make you remember.”
3. We find out Tyler’s appearance has been altered
When Tyler was sent to Dr. Hugh Culber it was revealed that Tyler’s appearance and psychology were altered. So we actually don’t know what he really looks like or what his true personality is. But we still have to wait to see what this will actually lead to.
4. There is a theory Tyler was changed with the Klingon augment virus
Fans are not only trying to figure out what Tyler’s true identity is but how he was changed. Inverse believes this could have been possible through the Klingon augment virus. After the physical change, his memories were possibly wiped.
5. Shazad Latif hasn’t denied that Tyler is Klingon
The theory is really gaining traction so it’s no surprise that he has been asked if this is true. He told Den of Geek, “There are crazy fan theories which is, like you were saying, the power of Star Trek fandom, they’re great detectives and some things they get right and some they get wrong.”
6. Showrunner Aaron Harberts says fans should focus less on the reveal
When asked about Tyler’s storyline, Aaron Harberts said fans shouldn’t focus as much on the answer to their fan theory.
“Whatever people’s theories are, I think the way that the way we’re going tell this story will be unexpected,” he told TV Guide. “Because I think most people are gonna be focused on the plot of whatever comes for Tyler and we are more focused on the emotional journey of this character and the ramifications of what happened to him … I think people are gonna be surprised by the story that comes out of this.”
7. Latif previously said he isn’t rooting for the Klingons because of Tyler’s imprisonment
Although it might seem like Tyler’s allegiance might be blurred, Shazad Latif previously told The Cheat Sheet that he isn’t rooting for the Klingons. “No, I can’t, they’ve tortured me. They’ve done horrible things to me, so yeah.”
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