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It won't be too long before people start to uncover the secrets of director Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, as the May premiere date of the film seems to be approaching at a faster pace than a Xenomorph at full sprint. And yet, it seems that the legendary sci-fi master has played his hand a little too freely at the recent SXSW festival, as he's already answered one of the biggest questions Prometheus had left us asking: what's next for Elizabeth Shaw? Well, we think we know what it is, and it does not sound the least bit pleasant, as it sounds like David may not be as friendly as he leads on.
Yes, in a way. Not fully, but in a way. She was integral to what David carried out later.
Now on its own, that statement is vaguely menacing. Knowing that David was responsible for the whole mess that followed in Prometheus, what with his conscious spiking of Charlie Holloway's drink indirectly causing the creation of the first Xenomorph specimen, that statement becomes even more sinister. Using the black substance that was discovered on LV-223, David conducted his first experiments in xenobiology, and looking at another remark Ridley Scott made during his recent festival appearance, it sounds like he's up to his old tricks again, finishing the work he'd attempted with Elizabeth previously and using her as a Xenomorph petri dish.
Previously, we ran a story about how David has been "genetically engineering" his idea of a perfect Xenomorph on whichever planet Alien: Covenant takes place on. This was revealed through a clip that Scott brought to sell the film at SXSW, and in that clip Michael Fassbender's David eventually mentions this to Billy Crudup's Christopher, as well as his intention of using him as basically a "mother" for his next iteration of the creature. So with David's intentions for both Xenomorph and human laid bare, Alien: Covenant isn't interested in hiding the android's goal to create the ultimate weapon, and more likely the reckoning of humanity. However, that's not the most interesting piece of this theory.
If David truly has made Elizabeth into an incubator for one or more Neomorphs, then Ridley Scott has included yet another call back to Alien. In the 1979 original, Ellen Ripley was also harassed by an android fixated on the creatures the crew of the Nostromo "stumbled upon" on LV-426, as Ash was later revealed to be a synthetic after trying to kill her. Strangely enough, Ash's description of the titular creature could double the right person's description of android kind. That description went as follows:
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility ... I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
So it's safe to assume that David and Elizabeth's journey from Prometheus to Alien: Covenant isn't going to be a happy one, and what David "carried out later" is nothing short of his human companion being lulled into a false sense of security/turned into a walking lab experiment. It totally fits the sorts of storylines Ridley Scott likes to tell in the universe, where creations abandon their creators and strike back, and nature is always in control. It won't be long until we see this theory proven or debunked as it hits theaters on May 19th.
Do you agree with our theory, or is this nothing more than reading too much into a couple of vague statements. Chime in on our comments section below and let us know what you think.