- Prior timeline: Sarah Connor§Terminator 2: Judgment Day
My name is Sarah Connor. August 29th, 1997 was supposed to be Judgment Day. My son, John, and I stopped it. We changed the future. Saved three billion lives. You're welcome.
In 2020, after she received another two text messages, she headed to the place where Grace Harper arrived. Grace's time bubble appeared in front of her car before falling from the bridge. Sarah began to think that she was clued into the fact that she changed the future, but it may not have worked the way she thought because these new things were coming back in and they were terrible.
Later, Sarah found Grace and Dani Ramos, a car factory worker, cornered by a Rev-9 Terminator on a bridge. Sarah temporarily neutralized the machine and saved the duo. Grace and Dani fled the scene in Sarah's car, forcing her to abandon the Rev-9 and follow them.
After acquiring another car, Sarah found Dani and an unconscious Grace at a pharmacy with a bag of stolen medicines. Sarah took them to a motel, throwing Dani's phone out the window on the way to avoid being tracked. At the motel, Sarah put ice on Grace's body to cool her down and injected her with a mixture of the medicines, despite not knowing how much of each to use. As Dani mourned the death of her father and brother, Sarah advised that funerals and goodbyes wouldn't help, and that she had to learn to live with it.
Sarah attempted to interrogate Grace at gunpoint after sending Dani outside and locking the door. However, Grace quickly overpowered her upon waking up and let Dani inside. Sarah learned that Grace was not a machine, but an enhanced human sent from 2042 to protect Dani.
Sarah introduced herself to the duo and convinced Grace that they needed to work together to survive. Sarah learned from Grace that in this new future, an artificial intelligence named Legion had risen up against humanity. When Sarah told Dani and Grace about the mysterious texts, Grace tracked the sender to a place outside Laredo, Texas, which matched the coordinates tattooed on Grace. The group decided to go to Felipe Gandal, Dani's uncle who worked as a coyote, to cross the border.
On the way to Felipe, Sarah listened to Grace's story of the future and remarked that Dani was targeted by the machines for the same reason she was: giving birth to a future leader of humanity.
After reaching Felipe and crossing the border, Sarah, along with Dani, Grace, and Flacco, was arrested by the United States Border Patrol, who had been tipped off by the Rev-9. Sarah pretended that Dani was her granddaughter with a medical condition in order to stay close to her. The Rev-9 crashed a surveillance UAV into the ground to kill Dani, but the group made it out alive with only Grace getting knocked unconscious.
The group was taken to the State of Texas Detention and Processing Center in Laredo. Sarah unsuccessfully tried to pick the lock to her cage before Rigby came to take her to a private holding cell, as she was a highly wanted fugitive. While Sarah was being taken to the second floor, Grace, who had escaped the infirmary, pulled a fire alarm after spotting the Rev-9 inside the facility disguised as an agent. Sarah incapacitated Rigby and an agent accompanying her when they were distracted by the alarm, and fled with Rigby's pistol.
As Sarah exited the building and ran towards Dani and Grace's stolen helicopter, the Rev-9 did the same. Despite Grace's insistence, Dani refused to leave Sarah behind, and left the chopper to shoot at the approaching machine, before Sarah grabbed her and boarded the aircraft. The group managed to take off in time, with Sarah shooting the Rev-9 as it jumped at them. When Grace chided Dani for her reckless actions, Sarah agreed with Grace.
Sarah, Dani, and Grace arrived at the coordinates outside Laredo and found Carl, a Series 800 Model 101 Terminator, living in a cabin in the woods. Sarah recognized the Terminator as the same one that killed John and tried to shoot him with a shotgun, but was stopped by Grace. Sarah stormed off into the woods, and lamented to Dani that she had never taken a photo of John to prevent the machines from finding him, and she was forgetting his face.
Sarah went back inside and confronted Carl, who revealed that a few months after killing John, with no other orders to follow, he rescued a woman named Alicia and her son Mateo from an abusive husband, and he "grew" the equivalent of a human conscience while raising Mateo. He had detected the coordinates of the time bubbles by measuring shockwaves through time, and sent them to Sarah to give her purpose and bring meaning to John's death.
Sarah agreed to work with Carl to protect Dani, and declared that she would never call him Carl. Sarah suggested setting up a kill box and using Dani to lure the Rev-9, which Dani agreed to despite Grace's opposition. The group decided to meet one of Sarah's contacts, an Air Force officer, to acquire an EMP weapon. Sarah was surprised to learn that Carl was already aware of her contact, despite her putting her cell phones in chip bags to avoid being tracked.
Sarah, Dani, Grace, and Carl met with Major Dean, Sarah's contact, and were attacked by the Rev-9, who had visited Carl's cabin and tracked his van, on a helicopter. The group made their way to Bingham Air Force Base and boarded a C-5 to escape. The Rev-9 jumped onto the plane after Sarah and Carl destroyed the helicopter with gunfire, but Sarah and Dani managed to push the machine off the plane with Carl's van.
The group discovered the EMP weapon had been damaged during the firefight, after which Grace revealed that Dani was the Resistance's leader who had saved her in the future. Sarah realized that Dani was the equivalent of John in this future, instead of hers as she had assumed.
They were interrupted by the Rev-9's arrival when the Terminator used a hijacked aerial refueling tanker aircraft to ram their plane and climbed inside. Sarah, Dani, and Grace escaped the crashing plane on a Humvee while Carl fought the Rev-9. The Humvee parachuted down to a dam, where Sarah and Dani tangled up the Rev-9 underwater using a parachute.
Sarah and Dani rejoined Grace and Carl, and faced the Rev-9 again in the turbine room. Grace and Carl stuck the Rev-9 inside a turbine and caused an explosion, damaging them both. Sarah sensed the machine wasn't destroyed yet and approached the wreckage, before the Rev-9, reduced to its damaged endoskeleton, emerged from underneath and knocked Sarah aside. As Dani fought the Rev-9, Sarah called out to Carl, knocked out from the explosion, asking him to get up to help Dani, finally calling him Carl. Carl recovered and stopped the Rev-9 from choking out Dani. Sarah watched as Dani stuck a thorium reactor, which Dani had tearfully cut out of a mortally wounded Grace, into Rev-9's skull and Carl dragged and dropped it and himself into a pit. Sarah and Carl looked at each other as Carl recited "For John.", and the reactor destroyed both Terminators. Sarah and Dani mourned Grace's death as Dani thanked Grace for saving her.
Some time later, Sarah and Dani tracked down young Grace and watched her in a playground with her family. As Dani vowed not to let Grace die for her again, Sarah replied that she needed to be ready, before the pair drove off to an uncertain future.
- Sarah Connor (7” Scale Action Figure, December 2019)
- Product code: 51926 (UPC:63448251926-4)
- Sarah Connor from Terminator: Dark Fate appears as a cameo character along with a T-800 Endoskeloton in the video game Gears 5 as part of the Terminator: Dark Fate character pack, available for free on 1st November 2019, as either a pre-order bonus or for Xbox Game Pass members who have played Gears 5 by 16th September. Sarah Connor's Ultimate ability is Heavy Hitter and can knockback and stun enemies.
- In Mortal Kombat 11, Sonya Blade has a costume from the "Double Feature Skin Pack" that resembles Sarah Connor.
- on the Internet Movie Database