When was Judgement day to happen or suppose to happen in EACH of the Terminator movies?

  • Terminator 1

    I don't think we are told yet when Judgment day will be.

  • Terminator 2

    Sarah Connor was always saying in the psychiatric hospital interviews to Silberman about Judgement day being on August 29, 1997. And we have conformation of this by the Terminator himself.

  • Terminator 3

    I am not sure where I got this from but, I was under the impression that Judgment day for T3 was July 25 2004.

  • Terminator 4

    I am not sure, but I was under the impression that Judgment Day for T4 was the same as T3.

  • Terminator 5

    I have no idea when Judgment day was to take place.

Is there any canon information as to when each movie's "Judgement Day" was supposed to occur?

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All known "Judgement Days"

  • August 29, 1997 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • July 25, 2003 from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • July 25, 2004 from Terminator Salvation
  • April 21, 2011 from The Sarah Connor Chronicles

These are the known dates, however since time-travel is a big component to the series it is difficult to determine which events have or will change the date of Judgment Day.

The ending of Terminator Genisys again leaves this ambiguous, but impies that Judgement Day will occur sometime in 2017.

  • Yeah Genisys was something that I just could get anything on. UV for the nice work.
    – KyloRen
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 12:08
  • @KyloRen Gotta leave the series open for more sequels!!! The real "judgment Day" occurs when the franchise is no longer profitable :-$
    – Skooba
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 12:09
  • Too true, too true.
    – KyloRen
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 12:10
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    In Terminator, Kyle indicates that he was serving with Perry "From ‘21 to ‘27". That places the lower bound on Judgment Day as being no later than 2021.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 12:15
  • 2
    He also says "Sarah was shaking her head. “I’m not stupid, you know. They can’t make things like that yet.” Reese nodded. “No,” he said, “not yet. Not for about forty years.”" again, placing judgement day in the late 2010s or early 2020s
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 12:17

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