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Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator History

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator History

From Killer to Carl: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator Journey

(09/16/2019)

He said he’d be back, and this fall, Arnold Schwarzenegger fulfills that promise (again!), in TERMINATOR: DARK FATE. But Schwarzenegger isn’t the only familiar face returning for the iconic franchise’s sixth installment. Linda Hamilton also returns to reprise her role as Sarah Connor, with Edward Furlong returning as her son, John. DARK FATE is a milestone in the TERMINATOR series. It is the first sequel since TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY to feature both Hamilton and Furlong, as well as original director James Cameron, who returns as producer. This new film is intended as a direct sequel to the first two films. DARK FATE follows Schwarzenegger’s killer robot, as joins forces with Sarah Connor and a half-cyborg, half-human (played by Mackenzie Davis) to protect Dani, a young woman who happens to be humanity’s only hope. She just doesn’t know it yet.

There are new villains (like a modified liquid metal cyborg played by Gabriel Luna), new allies, and even a new version of Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. In DARK FATE, the actor plays a cyborg named… Carl. Below, we take a look at Schwarzenegger’s evolution over the course of all six movies and how he evolved from the brutal, single-minded T-800 to Carl.

The Terminator

The Terminator

[Image Credit: Orion Pictures]


Released in 1984, THE TERMINATOR movie tells of a dystopian future, in which an artificial intelligence called Skynet has become self-aware. Skynet dominated humanity with an army of Terminators, or advanced cyborgs that can, in some instances, appear human. But a young man named John Connor is leading a powerful resistance against Skynet… and winning. In order to defeat him, Skynet sends a T-800 model Terminator back in time to kill John’s mother, Sarah (Linda Hamilton). While he becomes an ally to the resistance in subsequent movies, Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is the big villain in the first film; an unstoppable, hulking machine who looks really good in sunglasses.

T2: Judgment Day

T2: Judgment Day

[Image Credit: Tri-Star Pictures]


The 1991 sequel, also directed by James Cameron, skips ahead several years. John Connor is now a teenager (played by Edward Furlong) being hunted by an advanced T-1000 Terminator (Robert Patrick) sent back from the future to kill John and prevent him from leading the resistance. In the years since the first film, Sarah has become a soldier who is well-equipped for the coming apocalypse. She has a powerful new ally: Schwarzenegger plays a T-800 that has been reprogrammed and sent back in time by the older John, in order to help his mother. As the hero, Schwarzenegger gave us some of the most iconic scenes and memorable lines in the entire franchise in this sequel.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


Schwarzenegger returned 12 years later for 2003’s RISE OF THE MACHINES, in which the action legend plays yet another reprogrammed terminator sent back in time to help John Connor (played in this film by Nick Stahl) and his future wife and resistance lieutenant, Kate Brewster (Claire Danes). Schwarzenegger’s role in this film is similar to his part in TERMINATOR 2, but he has a more formidable foe this time around: a hyper-advanced T-X model, played by Kristanna Loken. Appropriately for a series that is all about things being sent back in time to change the future, this is the first of three sequels that are no longer considered part of the story thanks to DARK FATE.

Terminator: Salvation

Terminator: Salvation

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


2009’s SALVATION flips the script on the previous movies. It follows John Connor (Christian Bale) and his best friend Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin), the latter of whom went back in time to help Sarah in the first film, and ultimately fell in love with her and fathered John. Set in the apocalyptic future foretold by the other movies, John struggles to become the leader humanity needs, with the help of a new ally named Marcus (Sam Worthington), who may not be what he seems. We're including this sequel for the sake of completion, but while a version of the T-800 appears, and it looks like Schwarzenegger, the actor didn't actually take part in the movie. His face was digitally added to a body double, to replicate how the actor looked in 1984.

Terminator: Genisys

Terminator: Genisys

[Image Credit: Paramount Pictures]


The most recent sequel, released in 2015, was also a bit of a reboot. GENISYS is set in an alternate reality created by Skynet’s actions earlier in the franchise. Basically, it has all the same characters, but everything that happened in the earlier films hasn’t happened in this timeline. Instead, Sarah (Emilia Clarke from GAME OF THRONES) has been raised by a reprogrammed T-800, played once again by Schwarzenegger. The Terminator is known in this timeline as the “Guardian,” and has watched over Sarah ever since she was a child.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate

[Image Credit: Paramount Pictures]


With James Cameron returning to the franchise for the first time since JUDGMENT DAY, the new sequel is a continuation of that story and ignores all the sequels that came after it. (Sadly for fans of the "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" TV series, that has also been wiped out.) DARK FATE is set 27 years after the events of the second film, as Skynet sends a new modified liquid metal terminator (like Robert Patrick’s T-1000, only more intense) back in time to kill a young woman named Dani (Natalia Reyes). But John Connor’s resistance has sent a powerful weapon of their own back in time to protect her: a half-cyborg, half-human “machine fighter” named Grace, whose sole purpose is to protect humanity. She won’t be alone: Sarah Connor (Hamilton) remains as tough and vigilant as ever, and she’s ready to join the fight.

DARK FATE also introduces us to a very different Terminator: Carl. This time around, Schwarzenegger plays one of several T-800s sent back to kill John in JUDGMENT DAY. Having abandoned his mission following the events of that film, this T-800 has blended in with humanity and given himself the name Carl. He lives in a secluded cabin in the woods... until Sarah Connor knocks on his door, asking for his help once again.



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