If you are a fan of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, you probably have opinions about Cardassians and one Cardassian in particular. Many fans often assumed that Elim Garak, the station’s disgraced tailor / spy, was closet gay, particularly among those fans who identify as “Garashir” carriers.
Whether you always wanted Garak and Bashir to be together, or you just wanted some clarity on what was going on in Garak’s head during all seven seasons of the iconic sci-fi series, there is good news. A documentary film about the show’s history provided an outlet for the show’s informants to talk about Garak’s sexuality.
We have a definitive answer, both from the actor and the executive producer of the show. Keep reading here for all the details.
– Elim Garak (@WisdomOfGarak) November 21, 2019
The actor who played Garak confirmed his character’s attraction to Bashir
A documentary called What We Left Behind – Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, features various actors and writers from the series, including Andrew J. Robinson, who played Garak.
In a segment of the interview, one of the show’s producers asks Robinson, “What did Garak think about Bashir?”
“At first, I just wanted to have sex with him,” replied the actor. “That is absolutely clear. That’s all I wanted from him… But then it really got complicated, especially when Garak’s addiction and despair started to surface. “
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Later in the documentary, Ira Steven Behr duplicates Robinson’s claims about Garak’s sexuality.
Ira Steven Behr acted as executive producer and showrunner on DS9. Additionally, he is credited with having written more than 30 episodes for the series, as well as contributing story ideas and teleplays.
Later in the documentary, in the section where LGBTQIA + representation is discussed in the series, Behr states: “Garak was clearly gay. I mean, everyone knew it. And we never act on it. What we should have done, after … the episode where Bashir helps [a Garak] To overcome his addiction, we should have made Garak come out as a gay Cardassian in Bashir. “
When asked if the studio would have opted for that tone at the time, given the different social climate of the time, Behr admitted, “Probably not,” but repeated that statement with the admission: “We never asked.”
Reflecting further on the possibilities, Behr seemed genuinely excited about what could have been.
“Garak comes out gay in season 2, do we have 5 seasons to interpret that Bashir-Garak relationship?” He continued. “Where would that have gone, who the hell knows, but it could have been really cool.”
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However, ultimately, Garak’s sexuality was never discussed on the show. At the end of the series, Julian Bashir’s character was paired with Ezri Dax.
Some fans might be scratching their heads right now. With the confirmation on Garak’s sexuality, where does that leave the character of Ziyal?
In short, Ziyal was a Cardassian-Bajoran woman who seemed to flirt quite a bit with Garak during her time on the show, although reactions to her dynamic weren’t always favorable, as Reddit showed in 2017.
While Ziyal and Garak never got together on the show, it seemed like there was some affection there.
Fans may find it interesting to note that Ronald D. Moore, a writer on the series, explained a bit of the Ziyal-Garak dynamic in the 1990s. Memory Alpha houses an archive of AOL messages from the ’90s, when it was quite Common for DS9 and Voyager writers to use AOL to communicate with fans.
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In a Moore post, dated August 8, 1997, Moore notes that Ziyal was likely struggling to connect with Garak due to their different cultural backgrounds. It was a point the writers hoped to address, but according to Moore, “we ran out of time before the end of season 5.”
For his part, Robinson played Garak as someone who was attracted to men from the beginning. In an interview with Bleeding Cool, he told reporters:
“I came up with the idea, not so much that Garak was gay, but… to get involved in a relationship with Dr. Bashir, what is that initial attraction? Am I just calculating? […] I thought “yes, I could do that”, but as an actor, I wanted to make the most interesting decision. So for me, as an actor, I chose to be sexually attracted to Dr. Bashir. And then that leads to a deeper and more lasting relationship, ”he said.
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