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New Terminator: Dark Fate trailer arrives just after Judgment Day

The T2 sequel arrives this fall

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

To the resistance fighters of the past, present, and future, August 29, 1997 was Judgment Day, the moment when the artificial intelligence known as Skynet would launch a series of warheads and bring a nuclear holocaust upon mankind. Sarah Connor and her son John averted that crisis in 1995, but time has a way of veering back onto a disastrous course.

The canon-recalibrating Terminator: Dark Fate picks up after James Cameron’s Terminator: Judgment Day, and wipes clean the events of Terminator 3 to imagine what Skynet would do if Sarah and her family had won the day in 1995. A new trailer for Dark Fate digs deeper into the plot of the sequel, which Cameron returned to produce for Deadpool director Tim Miller.

“You may have changed the future, but you didn’t change our fate,” says Grace (Mackenzie Davis), a human/Terminator hybrid from the future. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of how how Sarah factors back into a new cat-and-mouse game, and rejoins her old pal T-800 to solve the future one more time.

Anyone expecting Dark Fate to wrap up the Terminator saga is mistaken. As James Cameron told Deadline this week, the story is meant to be a jumping off point for an entirely new saga.

“We spent several weeks breaking story and figuring out what type of story we wanted to tell so we would have something to pitch Linda,” Cameron said. “We rolled up our sleeves and started to break out the story and when we got a handle on something we looked at it as a three-film arc, so there is a greater story there to be told. If we get fortunate enough to make some money with Dark Fate we know exactly where we can go with the subsequent films.”

Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters on Nov. 1. Here’s a new poster for the film.

new terminator dark fate poster