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Does Optimus Prime Die In Transformers: Age Of Extinction?

By 2014, the live-action "Transformers" series that director Michael Bay had launched seven years prior was still going strong. The three previous installments — "Transformers," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" — were all massive moneymakers for Paramount, prompting the studio the keep the party going with "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Despite the absence of franchise mainstays like Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, the sequel went on to rake in over $1 billion at the global box office, thus successfully ushering in a new era for the big-screen saga.

As we got acclimated to fresh human faces like Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Tessa Yeager (Nicola Peltz), and Shane Dyson (Jack Reynor), among others, "Age of Extinction" brought back several tenured robots in disguise alongside them. For instance, Bumblebee was once again front-and-center, with Galvatron (Frank Welker) — formerly known as Megatron — causing trouble for the Autobots as usual. Thankfully, the legendary Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) also elected to join the fray, preventing the forces of evil from prevailing as heroically as we'd expect.

Throughout all forms of "Transformers" media, Optimus Prime has proven that he's more than willing to go as far as making the ultimate sacrifice if it means saving the world. So, does he lay down his life in "Age of Extinction"? Here's what happens to the fabled Transformer by the time the film fades to black.

Optimus survives Age of Extinction, but he has died in this continuity before

Simply put, no, Optimus Prime doesn't die during the events of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," but he does come close on a handful of occasions. When we first catch up with him, he's badly damaged and requires repairs from Cade Yeager, who uses his knowledge as a mechanic to study Optimus' robot-alien anatomy. Not to mention, he gets into violent skirmishes with the likes of Galvatron and Lockdown (Mark Ryan), narrowly defeating both of them and avoiding a brutal demise. It's a good thing he did, too, because who else would give a rousing speech just before the credits roll?

Even though he survives "Age of Extinction," Optimus Prime couldn't escape the cold hands of death in Michael Bay's "Transformers" continuity. In "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," Megatron ruthlessly stabs him in the back, and he fails to recover from his injuries — annihilating the heroes' already rapidly declining morale. Although, as is the case, virtually every time someone kills Optimus, his revival and subsequent reinstatement as the leader of the Autobots didn't take long. The power of an ancient artifact known as the Matrix of Leadership made it happen by the movie's end.

Optimus Prime dying has become a hallmark of his character over the years, with each rendition coming across as less shocking than the last. As a welcome change of pace, "Age of Extinction" didn't go back to the well and allowed moviegoers to witness the pop culture icon in all of his transforming glory.