‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue Reveals What Happened to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw
“Wait, but what happened to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw?” That’s been one of our biggest questions in the months leading up to the release of Alien: Covenant, which introduces us to a new crew and inches ever closer to the events in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic. In honor of Alien Day, 20th Century Fox has released a new prologue that helps bridge the gap between Prometheus and Covenant…and reveals the fate of Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Shaw.
It’s not that we didn’t know what happened to Shaw, necessarily. When she took off in an Engineer ship with Michael Fassbender’s badly-damaged David at the end of Prometheus, we assumed that he would inevitably kill her — the question, then, is “how?” In a new prologue that mirrors the opening of Prometheus, an eerily serene David provides a little exposition by way of narration. Shaw, unable to resist her innate sense of compassion, puts David back together and they head straight for the Engineers’ home planet to meet the makers of humanity and complete her mission.
But wait a minute…why would Shaw make David fully-operational again after all the horrific havoc he wreaked in Prometheus? It seems likely that Shaw would believe that David’s actions weren’t necessarily his fault, but due to a flaw in his design — something that further humanizes him and elicits empathy from his travel companion.
Despite his newfound appreciation for Shaw, David doesn’t exactly share her intentions. Unsurprisingly, his plans are far more sinister: He tucks Shaw into some sort of hyper-sleep capsule, promising to wake her when they arrive on the Engineers’ planet. David, narrating, says, “And then I was alone again” — a phrase with dark implications for Shaw. We then watch as their ship hovers over a crowd of Engineers and David says, “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair,” as he drops hundreds (maybe thousands) of Xenomorph eggs on them like bombs.
Aaaaaand scene. Given that the video is titled “prologue,” and we know that much of what was shown in the previously released dinner scene prologue isn’t actually in Alien: Covenant, we might assume that this sequence — or at least some of it — was cut from the film, as well. It’s also possible that this is a truncated version of a pre-title prologue that does open the film; it’s hard to imagine Covenant not beginning with this scene when it’s so evocative of the opening of Prometheus.
We’ll find out soon enough, when Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19.