BySean Erickson, writer at
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Sean Erickson

Having trouble following the logistics of the Terminator timeline after watching the new trailer for [Terminator Genisys](movie:34872)? Relax, you're not the only one. I've watched it twice, read multiple plot synopses and still find myself scratching my head. So many terminators and so many Sarah Connors and Kyle Reeses... who can keep track?

But take solace, dear film fan, as I do, that the film is in the fine hands of Mr. Alan Taylor. And if anyone can tie together multiple story threads into a cohesive whole it is the man behind many episodes of [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) (as well as Mad Men, Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire). If he can help us make sense out of the byzantine plotting of the Lannisters he should easily be able to help us figure out a bit of time travel, right?

Daenerys Targaryen must save the future!
Daenerys Targaryen must save the future!

Perhaps to ease us further into the Throne of comfort, he's brought along the rightful Queen of Westeros herself, Daenerys Targaryen aka Emilia Clarke, to play Sarah Connor in Terminator 5. But for those with keen memories, this may complicate things even further. You might ask yourself, Wait, wasn't Sarah Connor already played by Cersei Lannister aka Lena Headey back in The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Why yes, yes she was.

By skewed Game of Thrones logic that would mean Sarah Connor starts out Daenerys and ages into Cersei. Hmmm... Both badasses, to be sure and neither are an incarnation I'd want to mess with. Terminators throughout the ages, beware.

Don't worry his "eye'll be back".
Don't worry his "eye'll be back".

If recalling that in the television show (and if The Sarah Connor Chronicles are indeed Terminator cannon) a good terminator was sent back in time to protect an older Sarah Connor has you confused as to why in Terminator 5: Genisys a T-800 is again sent back to protect a younger Sarah Connor from a T-1000 and why Sarah Connor circa T2 didn't trust the T-800... well, worry not and have confidence that Taylor and Clarke can summon the power of the five kingdoms to bring these and many other lingering time-space continuum contradictions into perfect sense.


Who would be more dangerous to a murderous time traveling robot?


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