James Cameron Explains the 67-Year-Old Terminator in \’Genisys\’


The TerminatorWhen people learned that Arnold would be reprising his role of the original T-800 role in Terminator: Genisys (lol), people wondered how it would make sense for the 1984 T-800 to appear so old. The movie is said to be a reboot of sorts that jumps between events in Terminator and Terminator 2 to change the history of the franchise, which honestly needed a timeline reboot a long time ago.

Deadline has a quote from Cameron from the recent 30th anniversary screening of the original The Terminator:

“I pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.”

It’s an easy explanation that makes sense. Does this mean that in the new timeline the T-800 never encountered Sarah Connor in 1984 and spent thirty years working odd-jobs?