Master Director Ridley Scott has done it again. He has managed to create a film that fans will be talking about and debating the meaning of for generations to come. That film, of course, is Prometheus.
Those who go surfing to explore the various debates revolving around the film will find people talking about pretty much every aspect of it. There are discussions on the various themes of the film as well as how it connected to the overall Alien franchise. There are comments that range from deeply philosophical dissection of the film to asinine remarks from people who don’t even seem to have watched the same movie. But whatever questions one might have, the pseudo-answers are probably out there.
For those that really need to know the truth, the source is always the best place to start. In a recent interview with Time, writer Damon Lindlelof talked a bit about what he thinks of the last scene and what is likely to come after.
TIME: In that final scene, David wants to go to Earth, and Elizabeth wants to go to the alien home world. Where do you think they’re going?
I think they’re going where she wants to go. His fundamental programming has been scrapped. Weyland [the man who built and programmed him] is dead and so now his programming is coming from God knows where. Is he being programmed byElizabeth, or is it his own internal curiosity now that Weyland isn’t telling him what to do any more? He’s always been interested inElizabeth, remember that: He’s watching her dreams when she’s sleeping in much the same way that he watches Lawrence of Arabia. He’s a strange robot that has a curious crush on a human being, and when Weyland is eliminated, I think he is genuinely interested in what she’s interested in. He reaches out partly for survival, but partly out of curiosity, and I think he’s sincere that he’ll take her wherever she wants to go.
Which means, of course, that she’s heading to the alien home world, in search of answers of why they created us, and then set out to destroy (or mutate) us. She’s headed for a confrontation, just as the alien monsters set out to spread across the universe, where the Nostromo will find them. Everything’s in motion — and a sequel can’t be far off.
Personally, I think the film ended just fine and that a sequel will serve no purpose other than to feed fanboys’ Alien addiction, but perhaps there’s room in there for another intriguing story that doesn’t just amount to xenomorphs butchering people on far off planets?
Thanks to TIME for the interview.