John Connor has been an integral character in the Terminator franchise since the beginning, but Terminator: Dark Fate opted to take the character down an unexpected path. Rather than keep John around, the latest Terminator entry began by showing him being killed by a T-800 in 1998, just three years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Why did director Tim Miller and the rest of the Terminator: Dark Fate creative team decided to take John Connor off the board? According to Miller, it’s because he wanted to pave the way clear for someone new to take over as the individual who would command humanity’s resistance against the machines; someone who was not connected to the Connors and didn’t embody the traditional Chose One archetype. Miller explained: