When people learned that Arnold would be reprising his role of the original T-800 role in Terminator: Genisys (lol), people wondered how it would make sense for the 1984 T-800 to appear so old. The movie is said to be a reboot of sorts that jumps between events in Terminator and Terminator 2 to change the history of the franchise, which honestly needed a timeline reboot a long time ago.
Deadline has a quote from Cameron from the recent 30th anniversary screening of the original The Terminator:
â€œI pointed out that the outer covering (of the Terminator) was actually not synthetic, that it was organic and therefore could age. You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.â€
It’s an easy explanation that makes sense. Does this mean that in the new timeline the T-800 never encountered Sarah Connor in 1984 and spent thirty years working odd-jobs?