Linda Hamilton played one of the most iconic sci-fi heroes of all time, and now she’s returning as Sarah Connor for the next Terminator film. And, because Emilia Clarke’s younger version of Sarah Connor from Terminator Genisys still exists, this could lead to a meeting — and subsequent team-up — between the two Sarah Connors.

What Happened

On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Linda Hamilton would be coming back to the Terminator series. The original source of the news is James Cameron, who announced the news at a private event celebrating the Terminator franchise. “As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return,” he said.

Cameron also provided some details about the film. “We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present,” he said. “There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

The film is being treated as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

What It Means

Game of Thrones-famous actor Emilia Clarke appeared as a young Sarah Connor in the most recent Terminator movie, 2015’s Terminator Genisys, where she ended the film in 2017, alive and well. The fact that time travel is involved, and that Cameron and is handling the film like it’s a direct sequel to Terminator 2, could always mean that everything after the second Terminator is thrown out the window. But a meeting between Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor and a young counterpart is still possible, even if Clarke doesn’t end up being attached to the part.

What’s Next

Again, it’s unclear if this would even fit into the story with the time travel shenanigans the film will no doubt have. But two Sarah Connors would only help in the battle against Skynet and whatever new Terminator they produce. Even if we end up only getting one Sarah Connor in the film, though, it’ll be great to see her played by Linda Hamilton once again.


There’s no word on the release date for the next Terminator film at this time.