In season 5, episode 10, the Atlantis Stargate is destroyed. At the beginning of episode 11 it is shown as big hole where it once existed.

In later episodes they use the Atlantis Stargate. How is this possible?

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At the end of the following episode is some conversation you must have missed.

From 5x11, "The Lost Tribe":

Jackson: "I don't think I'll be around to find out, though."

McKay: "Yeah I heard they're, um, sending you back to Earth."

Jackson: "Yeah, I guess I need some major patching up and recovery, and Landry prefers I do that there instead of here, so..."

McKay: "Well, the Daedalus has already picked up a Gate, uh, leftover from the old Gate bridge, and uh, my team is installing it as we speak, so we should have you home in, uh, no time at all."

Jackson: "That's good, that is... good."

  • I disliked when McKay started "uh"-ing every other bloody word. -.- Nov 25, 2014 at 14:12

It's fairly well-established that Stargates are movable/interchangeable.

In this specific instance, one of the Carter-McKay bridge gates was used to replace the one destroyed by the Attero device. These gates had become redundant after the destruction of the midway station.

From the Stargate wikia

The Stargate was eventually replaced with one of the gates from the McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge. The gate shield still operates with the new gate, suggesting that the shield generator for the Stargate shield is either not actually inside the Stargate itself or it is somehow an extension of Atlantis' primary shield generators. Also, because dialing another galaxy is also not dependent upon the actual gate, that function remains as well.


THe stargate was replaced, just like the Earth stargate did. The order from the Earth stargate goes like this:

  • Alpha stargate is found in Giza.
  • Beta stargate is found in Antartica
  • Alpha stargate is beamed up to save Col, Cap and Teal’c from the replicators.
  • Beta gate installed into the facility.
  • Russia got Alpha stargate from the bottom of ocean.
  • Beta stargate got attacked by Anubis
  • Beta stargate blows up
  • Alpha gate is back in the SGC’s possession.
  • The vast majority of the text in this answer is about SG1; the question is about SGA. The question was asked, answered, and accepted five years ago. This answer doesn't provide anything new.
    – T.J.L.
    Dec 12, 2019 at 13:10

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