The theatrical model of “Terminator 2” ends with a glimmer of hope, even though it suggests a long term this is nonetheless very a lot no longer set. On the other hand, Marcel Cameron toyed with a unique epilogue that will have served as a extra definitive finishing to his imaginative and prescient.
A ultimate scene used to be shot that featured a miles older Sarah reflecting at the nuclear holocaust that by no means got here to be. Sitting in a park, staring at her now-grown son play together with her grandchild, she talks about how Judgment Day got here and went — and nobody however her (and John) knew in regards to the darkish destiny humanity narrowly have shyed away from. It is a bittersweet second for Sarah, however about as upbeat an finishing as she might be able to hope for. The struggle in opposition to the machines by no means took place, and that is the reason one thing the theatrical finishing stops wanting revealing.
Whichever finishing you favor (and they are each beautiful nice), it is arduous to argue the deleted one don’t have altered the trajectory of the franchise someway — and lots of lovers argue that will were for the best. Regardless, its mere lifestyles supplies yet one more intriguing “what if” situation to the tale.
Whilst Cameron has moved on to exploring new frontiers in his long-gestating sequels (plural) to the alien global he created in “Avatar,” we will be able to most effective marvel the place the “Terminator” franchise may have long past if he persevered to write and direct extra installments. But when he knew “Terminator 2” can be his ultimate actual take, would it not have ended otherwise?