In Terminator Genisys, who sent "Pops" to protect Sarah Connor?

When asked who sent him, the T-800 answers the records have been deleted so he doesn't know, and (I think) Reese speculates that whoever sent Sarah's guardian didn't want anyone else to know his/her identity.

Is it ever stated who this was, or was it left out for a possible sequel?

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    My proposal for the sequel is "Terminator: Geriatrics": a young Sarah Connor finds out she is at the same time Kyle Reese (after a sex change) and also a time travelling robot from the future, intent on killing James Cameron before he films his Avatar sequel. Ahnold plays a T-800 trapped in a home for elderly robots and doesn't do much.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 23:20
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    I think they intentionally left the issue unclear, so it could be revealed in a sequel.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 23:25
  • pops send himself to the past or a terminator he created himself. thats my idea. so the start and the end of terminator is terminator himself. shwatzeneger in this role have taken all the movie on his shoulder exept one, it is a reverence to him. maybe the terminator pops have a human conscience in him. like the movie ask the question few time to mutch for me (pics of sahra, drawing, father presence, even a question by rees etc...), so to the last end terminator can be good guy without skynet.
    – user48619
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 22:21
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    @Babelsteeve Your answer shouldn't be a comment (comments are for clarifications, nitpicks or short remarks). But if you change it into an answer, it will probably get downvoted to hell due to lack of references and too much speculation.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 18:47
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    @AndresF. as we all know, a secret is kept inside the hearts of writers and after bad reception of movie nobody digging much to get it out. Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 3:03

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Apparently the writers have an answer in mind, but left the reveal for the hoped-for sequel(s). See this interview Q&A:

Who sent the Terminator back to 1973 to protect a young Sarah Connor?

This question is purposely left unanswered in the film, but would potentially be answered in a sequel, if that happens. However, writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier did confirm they know the answer.

edit: Looks like there won't be any sequel to Genisys (unless the 'Terminator 2' that Paramount pulled from the schedule was actually this 3D conversion rather than the Genisys sequel). Maybe the writers will reveal what they were originally planning in an interview or a comic or something.

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    I can't imagine a more definitive answer than this. +1
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 0:09
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    Agreed. Disappointing, but Word of God trumps all.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 18:04
  • Cannot wait for the answers
    – Aditya
    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 9:58

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