One of the major complaints fans of the Alien franchise had about2017’s Alien: Covenant is that it left major threads from Prometheus unanswered. While we seem to understand the android David’s motivations by the conclusion of Covenant, we never knew exactly what transpired between him andShaw during their time alone together on the Juggernaut, headed to the Engineer’s home world.
It wasn’t shocking that he had killed her since his nefariousness had been previously established. But how did he kill her, and when? Recently released via AvP Galaxy, the unabridged screenplay for Alien: Covenant’s first prologue “TheCrossing” (titled “Paradise”) answers these important questions—and more.
You can read it for yourself (and even print out a personal copy), HERE. If you want quick answers to the questions I posed in the paragraphs above, continue on for my brief summary.
Shaw saved David’s head, because he can pilot the Juggernaut, but doesn’t trust him and keeps his severed head separated from his body. David lies and tells Shaw that he will “die” without his main power source (his body); he further manipulates her by feigning fear of death and other human qualities. Out of loneliness and isolation, and perhaps against her better judgment, Shaw
As they arrive at the Engineer’s homeworld, David kills Sawby quickly, unceremoniously, snapping her neck. It’s not entirely clear why he waited until this moment; perhaps he wanted her to know they had made it to their destination but didn’t want her to see his planned genocide. He always intended, though, to use Shaw’s body to create Xenomorphs.
You can check out Alien: Covenant, “The Crossing” below to see what made it into the version that was released online.
The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators. Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination they must attempt a harrowing escape.
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