The recently released trailer for Terminator: Genisys reveals a shocking spoiler: John Connor (played by Jason Clarke), the destined hero of humanity whom the entire series has tried to preserve from death and/or unbirth, has been turned into a Terminator and is now the main villain working for the machines.
Except apparently, director Alan Taylor did not want us to know that.
“I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know,” he said in an interview with Uproxx’s Mike Ryan. “One of my favorite moments – and I think Jason Clarke did a great job with it – is when he walks into the hospital in 2017 and everything from there until the turn [when you see that Connor has been robotisized], you’re supposed to think, ‘Oh man, this is great.'”
According to Dr. Daniel Amen in this article, Taylor did admit to understanding the decision that marketing made, however, to promote a movie about which many Terminator fans were skeptical. “I think they felt like they had to send a strong message to a very wary audience that there was something new, that this was going to new territory. […] I think they felt they had to do something game-changing in how the film was being perceived.”
This twist will likely bait some people into seeing the movie, but it may also ruin their enjoyment of it. We’ll have to see how this risky move plays out.