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Unless your name is Sigourney Weaver, there's a chance that you're not going to be in multiple Alien films and live to tell the tale. So when we see Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride getting ready for cryo-sleep at the end of Alien: Covenant, we've kind of written them off to the franchise's ever expansive graveyard. McBride himself pretty much feels the same way, and said just as much in a recent interview, when pressed about his chances for a sequel appearance. His remarks were as follows:
Of course Danny McBride would mention to ScreenRant the infamous death of both Newt and Hicks, who survived Aliens, but ended up dispatched by the crash that woke Ripley at the beginning of Alien 3. But his example holds true, especially at the end of Alien: Covenant. With David surviving the big battle in the third act, and currently having control of the Covenant craft, there's not much hope for McBride's Tennessee or Katherine Waterston's Daniels making it to the next film. And considering Elizabeth Shaw's fate as a Neomorph incubator, and the fact that David actually loved her, it's not a good bet.
As for the rest of the cast, everyone else pretty much died in action, there's assuredly no chance for them to come back. Whatever's left of those characters is scattered on Alien: Covenant's dark and dreary planet, so even if there was a way to bring them back to the world of the living, they'd have to make quite an effort to go back. Though when you look at the Alien series, one would say the series has operated on the completely opposite side of the spectrum.
It's kind of a shame that Danny McBride doesn't look like he'll return to the world that exists in the wake of Alien: Covenant's dark and threatening finale. His performance in the current film is pretty top notch, and shows of a range that McBride rarely gets to portray on screen. So here's hoping that Tennessee can rouse himself through some sort of movie making magic, and take the fight to David. At least if he dies in battle, it will have been worth it.
Alien: Covenant is currently in theaters now, for you to enjoy in all of your dark delight.