Perhaps I missed something, but I don't recall any appearance or mention of Klingons from Star Trek: Discovery season 3 forward.

Is there any mention or appearance of the Klingons in the 32nd century?

If not, is there any commentary by producers or writers on what happened to them or on the decision to leave the question of their fate open?

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    There's speculation that they realized the redesign was unpopular and therefore removed them entirely, but it seems entirely speculatory.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Apr 8 at 18:52
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    @fez: why do you keep removing that? That's part of the question Commented Apr 8 at 23:52
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    I wondered. @fez isn't thinking that you're referring to this question are they? Commented Apr 9 at 0:10
  • @ThePopMachine I have no clue what that part of the question means. If you’re referencing something in universe I’m sorry, but it sounds like meta commentary that should be removed
    – fez
    Commented Apr 9 at 5:25
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    You know. Clinging on. Ha ha ha ha ha hm. Commented Apr 9 at 7:48

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As per this Reddit Post, there are references in Seasons 3 and 4.

They are around. The Klingon Empire has been referenced on star maps. Season 3 Episode 8 had a map



Season 3, Episode 5 has a map of all 4 quadrants.


They get name dropped a couple times in season 4.

s04e07 - Book: What about with the Klingons? How is this different? Burnham: I had an intrinsic understanding of Klingon culture.

s04e08 - Haz: While you two were strutting around like Klingons in a disco, I reached out to some of my regulars and found two who'd be happy to take the isolynium off your hands so you can get back to your relationship whatnot.

s04e10 - Kovich: No, they're here in case you feel like translating confirmation bias from Federation Standard into Klingon.

s04e11 - Jett Reno: When you have to power through, nothing beats the bitter elixir of Klingon warriors.

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    Only the first quote really counts for anything because it shows that Book and Burnham encountered Klingons. Everything else can just be figures of speech about a long dead culture. Commented Apr 8 at 23:55
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    Actually, I take it back. What is Book referencing in that quote? Maybe he's just referring to something that Burnham told him about in the 23rd century. Commented Apr 9 at 6:14
  • That's fair, but I figured they at least counted as references, which suggests that the Time Wars haven't wiped them out retroactively. :-D
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Apr 9 at 13:52
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    Upon review, I really do think the intent of that line is Book asking why Burnham's attitude toward taking action against the Klingons is different than her position on taking action regarding Ten-C. He is referring to whatever Burnham did in the 23rd century. Transcript follows. Commented Apr 10 at 4:40
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    BURNHAM: I wasn't trying to speak out against you. BOOK: I know. But you've always been the first to jump into action, take on the enemy, odds be damned. What about with the Klingons? How is this different? BURNHAM: I had an intrinsic understanding of Klingon culture. We don't have any knowledge about Species Ten-C. And I understand the appeal of Tarka's plan, but the risks are too great. Commented Apr 10 at 4:40

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