the voice of Sarah Connor: "They say if you chase dragons too long, you'll become a dragon. I walked out on my fiancé' and skipped over a decade. Now he's dead. Killed not by a machine but by a human."
Last season on The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Derek Reese is shot dead while the family is saving the life of Savannah Weaver. Sarah Connor discovers that while the terminator mind of Cromartie is permanently dead, his body has been taken over. The device called The Turk is not the early stages of Skynet but used for time travel. The AI she sought to kill at Zeira Corporation was not Skynet but Skynet's worst enemy.
Sarah: "You lying terminator bitch. You're building Skynet."
Ms. Weaver: "No. I was building something to fight it. And I'd watch who's calling who a bitch."
Sarah realized that this particular T-1001 had just saved her life, that this particular T-1001 had a nasty temper, and that this particular T-1001 could kill her before she left the room. Perhaps, Sarah thought, I should keep a civil tongue in my head while I still had a head.
Ms. Weaver is about to follow her son John-Henry, the AI who is the archenemy of Skynet, to whatever time he has traveled. John Connor intends to go also because this John-Henry he has never met has taken Cameron's CPU chip in order to become mobile and no longer tethered to the umbilical cord of ZeiraCorp's mainframe.
It is a light storm we have seen before. Sarah steps back and out of the bubble. John is shocked that his mother would betray Cameron by not going after her chip. "I'll stop it." are the last words John hears his mother speak.
In the future, John can see with one glance that his mother either failed to stop Skynet or perhaps let it because she wanted the world to burn.
"Where's the body?"
John is told by Ms. Weaver that the body cannot come through because it is dead without Cameron's chip and mind. John himself has betrayed Cameron by getting into a routine of removing her chip (not realizing that this literally kills her). John-Henry has betrayed Cameron too. Ms. Weaver abandons John Connor and betrays Cameron also. Cameron has been lured into the Machine Underground for her chip and betrayed by them. Her mind is back in the Zeira mainframe back in April of 2009.
John Connor, Sarah Connor's son is gone. It is only then that Sarah realizes that her own hatred of terminators, machines, Cameron, Derek and everyone and everything that wasn't her son had blinded her to the truth. She didn't really care about hunting Skynet or stopping Judgment Day. All she cared about was her son John and to hell with the rest of us. Cameron had realized this at an early stage (around the time she stopped John from saving Jordan Cowan from jumping to her death). Cameron fell in line with Sarah's obtuse single-minded pursuit of training John to lead in a post-Apocalyptic world. If you assume destruction, you no longer have the motivation to stop it. All Sarah had to do was go visit Cyberdyne a second time and she might never have sent Cameron to kill an AI being trained to fight Skynet. In essence, she sent Cameron to kill a baby. And the wrong baby at that, if the immorality of killing babies (machine or human) doesn't bother one.
Sarah had been fighting Skynet so long and so ineffectively that she had become as bad as Skynet and as committed to burning the world.
Zeira AI lab
Returning the next morning and dreading the censure of the lab workers, Sarah freaked out and demanded that security send for James Ellison.
Standing in that empty room with Mister Ellison, Sarah asked him to return her to the Los Angeles County Jail. In the jailbreak when every prisoner escaped, she would be the first prisoner to turn herself in and do the right thing.
Los Angeles County Jail
As Sarah sat in her cell, the sole prisoner in the big empty jail, she thought about Doctor Sherman and the other psychologists who tried to help her. When Doctor Silberman finally went off the deep end and told Sarah that he believed her, her response was to knock him out cold. Ellison had him committed to the same rubber room that Sarah had once occupied. A liquid terminator, a T-1000, had come to kill her there and now life had come full circle. A liquid machine had saved her life. This time she voluntarily went to jail.
Kyle had come from the future and John had returned to the future. Full circle.
Was that future going to destroy John, the human race, the Earth, and even the past itself?
Sarah fell asleep.
A dead world. Acres of skulls. Sarah died in her sleep as her heart finally gave out.
Passing through what appeared to be gates. It got dark. An oppressive fear as if a mountainous presence sat on her chest. If she was dead, then why did she feel like a heart attack was imminent? It got darker than an abandoned coal mine on a moon-less night.
You could feel the darkness. Then an eclipse in this Stygian darkness as if something huge had passed overhead. Up ahead. A red glow. A lake of fire. People swimming in molten lava. Terrifying things ripped off her clothes and rammed a red-hot pitchfork up her rectum to force her into the lake. Sarah screamed only to have her throat squeezed close. The second death. Suffocation in volcanic magma.
"That's for killing my brother. He was a good cop and a family man."
Without looking, Sarah pulled her hand back. Her jailer must have burned her hand sticking through the bars of her cell with a cigarette. The bunk bed was too short. Sarah woke up, turned over, and opened her eyes to look at her jailor. Sarah jumped back. It was Satan or Skynet or something out of a nightmare because she had not woken up. She couldn't wake up. She was dead.