James Cameron created Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day two of the most popular science fiction classics in film history. However, there is less euphoric talk about the four sequels after the second part. This may never have happened if the director had left his original Terminator 2 ending in the film. But Cameron had to change it for two reasons.
The alternative Terminator 2 ending is much more optimistic
At the end of the sci-fi blockbuster, the creation of Skynet and thus the apocalypse in the future is prevented by the malicious machines. The T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sacrifices himself while Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) sings an optimistic epilogue about a feeling of hope. Nevertheless, there is still talk of an unknown future here, which leaves the door open for possible sequels.
According to Screen Rant, the alternative Terminator 2 ending features an older Sarah in the park watching her adult son John play with his daughter. Sarah says that Judgment Day never happenedwhich means a much more definitive happy ending and would have concluded the series after two parts.
Check out the alternate Terminator 2 ending here:
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James Cameron changed the original Terminator 2 ending for two reasons
Terminator 2 producer Mario Kassar urged Cameron to keep possible sequels in mind and suggested test screenings. The more positive ending fell through with the first audiencewhich, along with Kassar’s advice, led the director to use an alternate ending.
The subsequent Terminator sequels, which Cameron no longer directed, always fell short of expectations financially. Films like Terminator 5: Genisys or Dark Fate flopped and sometimes failed completely with critics.
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