‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Starts ‘Right After T2’ Says Makeup Designer

The Terminator is almost back. It’s only a month and a half until Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters. New trailers show Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor battling new terminators she’s never seen before. Those terminators lead her to an old T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) whom she’s not happy to see again. Not only is Hamilton back for the first sequel since 1991’s Terminator 2, but according to people connected with Dark Fate, the new film picks up right where T2 ended.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

The Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank had a Terminator 2 reunion panel with cast members and special effects artists looking back on the film. At the end of the panel, host Matt Winston (son of artist Stan Winston) invited makeup designer Bill Corso up to speak about Dark Fate. Corso had one new piece of information for Terminator fans about the timeline of Terminator: Dark Fate. The film is in theaters November 1.

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ goes literally all the way back to ‘Terminator 2’

Tim Miller said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Terminator: Dark Fate would deal directly with the consequences of Terminator 2. Not only did Sarah Connor (Hamilton) and John Connnor (Edward Furlong) defeat the T-1000, but they also blew up Cyberdyne Systems to prevent them from ever making terminators.

Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Clearly Cyberdyne still found a way since they are making new terminators in a sixth film, but Miller promised to address that. What he did not say was exactly how soon after T2 he was going to deal with them.

“Our movie begins right after T2,” Corso said. “ So I highly suggest everybody in this room run to the theater. Do not miss this movie.”

What this timeline means for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

There are a few possibilities here. Marvel has been able to de-age its actors so they can appear as their characters in previous time frames, so they may be able to film new scenes of Sarah and John in 1991. Furlong is reported to have a role in the film. 

They could just as easily film a scene involving Cyberdine executives dealing with the wreckage. As long as they are people we’ve never met before, they could appear in scenes taking place in 1991.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back for Terminator: Dark Fate | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Or, Corso could have misunderstood Miller. Miller is saying openly that Terminator: Dark Fate deals with the aftermath of T2. He may not necessarily mean literally right after the events of the movie. Certainly, all the scenes in the trailer show Hamilton and Schwarzenegger today so the film will jump forward. But maybe Corso just revealed a little Easter egg for Terminator: Dark Fate.

Either way, ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is the real ‘Terminator 3’

Many Terminator sequels have picked up on Terminator 2 rather than the other sequels. The TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ignored Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Terminator: Genisys pretty much ignored the third and fourth movies too, although it now is invalidated by Terminator: Dark Fate.

“[Miller] said, ‘It’s the real T3,’” Corso said. 

Linda Hamilton | Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage

Corso needed to be sold on Terminator: Dark Fate because he was skeptical.

“When I got a call from Tim Miller who I’d done Deadpool with and Tim said, ‘I’m going to do a new Terminator movie’ I was like why? It’s been done so well, you can’t possibly do anything better than that. I couldn’t ever improve upon what Stan Winston has done. He says, ‘I’ll give you three reasons to do it. One, you’re family and you have to do it. Two, Linda Hamilton’s back as Sarah Connor and three, James Cameron is involved in writing and making sure that this movie is going to be amazing.”

Bill Corso at Son of Monsterpalooza, 9/15/19