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If you were looking for a brutally dark ending this weekend, Alien: Covenant delivered in spades. By time Wagner's Das Rheingold started to make its haunting reprise, bookending the film's story in perfect fashion, an already brutal film took one final dark turn into the future of the Alien saga. Of course, like any good ending, we have to wonder just what it means exactly; and doubly so, because this is meant to be another stepping stone in the series on the whole.
So if you're still scratching your head, wondering just what happened between David, Walter, and the rest of the Covenant's survivors, fear not. We're here to talk it out, making sure you aren't left in the dust without passage back to your ship. Let's start by recapping the ending of Alien: Covenant, just to keep things fresh in our minds.
How Alien: Covenant Ended
After a battle on the surface of the planet that the crew of the Covenant had explored for a good portion of the film, Katherine Waterston's Daniels and Danny McBride's Tennessee are two of the six survivors of the ill-fated events of the film. Unfortunately, three of those other survivors are dispatched of, thanks to a Xenomorph that still smuggled its way onto the ship, which leaves Daniels and Tennessee to defeat it, with the help of Walter, the other survivor in the group.
Well, at least we thought he was Walter. At the very end of the film, just as Daniels is going back into cryo-sleep, Walter reveals himself to actually be David (both played by Michael Fassbender), informing us that in the battle between brothers, the wrong one won. Daniels goes to sleep, and David retrieves two Xenomorph embryos from his stomach, placing them in the trays with all of the human embryos that will be used to colonize the Covenant's original destination of Origae-6. This left us pondering one big question: how the hell did David get onto the Covenant? Well, we have two answers that could possibly cover that.
David Survived, Disguised As Walter
The obvious solution is that Michael Fassbender's David won the fight he had with his double, Walter, in the cave-like dwelling that a good portion of Alien: Covenant's action takes place in. All it would really require is a costume change, a quick revision of his accent, and, of course, losing his hand in a similar fashion to that of Walter. Once David had his disguise in place, he could easily make his way into the ranks of the Covenant, and sabotage things exactly as he saw fit. Technically, this shouldn't be that much of a stretch, as an android could make almost all the changes needed in order to pull off such a deception. Of course, there are some details that have us feeling that a completely separate solution is in play. Read on for our analysis.