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Linda Hamilton Permanently Retires from Terminator Franchise

Key Points:

  • Linda Hamilton, known for playing Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise, says she will never return to the role
  • She describes the experience of filming 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate as the “greatest time of my life, and the worst time of my life”
  • Hamilton joins the cast of Stranger Things‘ fifth and final season, describing it as appealing enough to postpone her retirement
  • The actress feels the Terminator franchise has exceeded its shelf-life and should end

Linda Hamilton, the iconic actress known for her portrayal of Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise, has definitively stated that she will never reprise the role she made famous. In a recent interview, Hamilton expressed her desire to move on from the action-packed series, citing the grueling nature of her last outing in Terminator: Dark Fate.

Terminator: Dark Fate and the Toll It Took on Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton in Terminator Dark Fate via MovieTime
Linda Hamilton in Terminator Dark Fate via MovieTime

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton revealed the intense physical and emotional challenges she faced while filming Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019. She described the experience as “the greatest time of my life, and the worst time of my life, all rolled into one film,” noting that at 63 years old, the shoot was “the hardest” she had ever undertaken.

Despite the critical success of Dark Fate, which boasted a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Hamilton is adamant that she will not return to the Terminator franchise, even joking that the best scenario would be for “AI writing the next Terminator movie” to “kill me off before we start.”

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Embracing New Opportunities: Stranger Things

Linda Hamilton on The Graham Norton Show
Linda Hamilton on The Graham Norton Show

Hamilton’s desire to move on from the Terminator series has led her to embrace new opportunities, including a role in the fifth and final season of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. The actress revealed that the offer to join the Stranger Things cast was enough to postpone her planned retirement, describing it as a chance to “get another 15 minutes with a new audience.”

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The Terminator Franchise’s Future

Linda Hamilton via StudiocanalUK
Linda Hamilton via StudiocanalUK

With Linda Hamilton firmly closing the door on her involvement in the Terminator franchise, the future of the series remains uncertain. Hamilton believes the franchise has exceeded its shelf-life and should come to an end, a sentiment that may resonate with fans who have followed the iconic character’s journey over the decades.

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