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Introducing Walter, Alien: Covenant’s New Synthetic

We have known for some time that Michael Fassbender would be portraying two synthetic characters in Alien: Covenant. One would be David from Prometheus, the other would be a brand new David-model synthetic who is part of the Covenant’s crew. Other than that we’ve had no real details on this new David android.

We now know Alien: Covenant new android character will be named Walter. Michael Fassbender divulged the tidbit in an interview in the latest edition of The Irish Times. Beware minor spoilers.

“I am allowed to say I am playing two robots – Walter and David. I think what’s great about it is that Ridley has gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that. But is also has the scope and the scale of Prometheus. Ridley has cut it already. He is a machine. He is an incredible human being and he was in such good form. He is such an imaginative and mischievous figure.”

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can also also tell you that Walter is not a fan of David. Walter is a more advanced and up-to-date version of the David model. He is distrustful of David 8 because the older model has gone without any form of maintenance or upgrades during the ten year interval he has been in isolation between the Prometheus incident and the Covenant crew making landfall on the supposed paradise planet that Alien: Covenant takes place on.

Michael Fassbender as the Covenant's synthetic, Walter.  Introducing Walter, Alien: Covenant's New Synthetic

Michael Fassbender as the Covenant’s synthetic, Walter.

The name Walter is an obvious break in the traditional naming pattern of the Alien film’s synthetic characters – (A)sh, (B)ishop, (C)all and (D)avid. Like us, I’m sure many of you were expecting something along the lines of Edward.

Fassbender also reiterates what he and his fellow cast members have been saying about the film, that it is a horror film with a bigger scope. He also mentions that Ridley Scott has already completed a cut of Alien: Covenant. Thanks to crazybooklady (via Twitter) for the news!

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  1. HuDaFuK
    And about the technology of the ships... As others have mentioned, it seems logical that the Prometheus is more advanced than the Nostromo. That it is the most expensive ship ever built is a good excuse to justify holograms and cleanliness.

    That rouble is the time gap. Would the bridge of a top-of-the-line scientific research vessel from 30 years ago really look that much more advanced than that of a container ship of today?

    I'd argue the difference wouldn't be that stark.
  2. SamuelDL
    Even if it does not begin with 'E', I really like Walter's name for the new android. We'll see if Scott gives us an unexpected twist. If there will, I do not think it's related to a third robot. I would seem too many in one movie.

    And about the technology of the ships... As others have mentioned, it seems logical that the Prometheus is more advanced than the Nostromo. That it is the most expensive ship ever built is a good excuse to justify holograms and cleanliness. The Covenant, so little has been seen of her, seems to have a more tough and austere appearance, close to what we saw in the movie of '79:

    http://www.fbw-filmbewertung.com/uploads/fbwdb_film/gallery/9250/343a228fcd21b3515e310f6fed428cac02ed6911.jpg
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  3. SpreadEagleBeagle
    But Ridley wanted Ash to be a Martian. So 35 years later in a fit of pique, he decided to do an entire film about a Martian and turn the Brandywine dudes into droids in the next Alien film.


    Considering how much David Giler and Walter Hill have been apart of the franchise I think it's quite possible.

    I was hoping for the Wall-E connection, but it sounds more likely that the naming of the new synthetic in A:C is a homage to David Giler and Walter Hill. David and Walter. But man, Wall-E - that would've been really cute.
  4. 426Buddy
    I'm sure the naming of Walter and David is more of an ode to Walter Hill and David Giler, who created the character of Ash.

    I'll love it if that is intentional.

    This has been mentioned twice already in this thread lol  :P

    Though bit of a stretch could the name be a reference tribute to Walter Hill one of the producers of the Alien series? Come to think of it does that mean David was named after producer David Giller?

    Starting with David these androids will be named after the producers of Alien, the next movie will feature Gordon as the synthetic.
  5. The Bonus Situation
    Agree with Ingwar. Plus there is still the capital 'D' David in this film, right after the capital 'C' Call from Resurrection, so technically Scott is not really breaking that alphabetical order. Maybe even David somehow integrates his AI conscious into Walter and starts doing bad things again, so its not really Walter, but its the capital 'D' David.
  6. Ingwar
    True it doesnt serve any purpose on lots of levels (...)

    It doesn't serve any purpose at all. Some hardcore fans have almost "religious" approach towards that matter which I utterly don't understand. But then again, everyone's got different taste.

    (...) Are they crucial for the franchise? Of course not, but by throwing them out you lose identity bulit for thirty years.

    You don't lose anything. Especially identity. It's just a name :)
  7. Master
    It is one of this little quirks specific to alien franchise , like drinking birds placed all over. Are they crucial for the franchise? Of course not, but by throwing them out you lose identity bulit for thirty years.
  8. motherfather
    True it doesnt serve any purpose on lots of levels, but like Mulder placing an impromptu X on his window using masking tape, or gulping down sunflower seeds,  the alphabetic naming of Alien androids belongs to the nerdgasmic slightly ritualistic minutae that makes for a great movie/show with a cult following.
  9. Whiskeybrewer
    Comeon now guys, you know this isn't fair. He doesn't come into the other parts of the board that don't say General on them.

    Back on topic.

    Low Key Shade lol

    WY is so cheap they used 100 year old computers for Nostromo.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7d/a8/3a/7da83ab812f3bf35122de75332ee1b23.jpg
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d4/b5/7b/d4b57b02a74d18046eb11c17dd46b4ab.png

    Lol yeah, You dont have a member of the board on your ship, so you get my Atari, while I keep the PS4 lol
  10. Ingwar
    He's too advance for the time, however the entire movie of Prometheus is far too advance for the alien timeline.

    It is not. For example, let's compare Prometheus ship with Nostromo. First one was the most advanced and expensive faster-than-light space exploration vehicle. What is more, it was Weyland's biggest project. His obsession. He didn't spare money on it.

    Nostromo was ... a space tractor  :)
  11. Corporal Hicks
    The visual differences between tech was quite obvious but I can easily buy into the concept of it being top-of-the-line, better than anything you're going to buy from Space IKEA reasoning that was floated around.
  12. 426Buddy
    Everything else being a little more "updated" was okay with me even if it was a bit overboard. The alien universe kind of needed an upgrade , even with the dirty low tech look that its known for. I think covenant will find that sweet spot between Prometheus and Alien though, I hope.
  13. Whiskeybrewer
    It's amazing how many possibilities the AVPGalaxy crew are able to cook up over just a single letter and casual relationships. I wonder if that's what people would do on those long space ward voyages of the future. Just cook up some epic stories to pass the long boring night. It'll be like a renaissance but in space.
    Lol, I can imagine an AVP Galaxy voyage; where along with epic stories there will be frustrating political rants and everyone ejecting themselves out of the airlock while Hubbs is left on board on his lonesome. ;D :D

    The the ships AI self deletes because it cant stand it lol
  14. Necronomicon II
    It's amazing how many possibilities the AVPGalaxy crew are able to cook up over just a single letter and casual relationships. I wonder if that's what people would do on those long space ward voyages of the future. Just cook up some epic stories to pass the long boring night. It'll be like a renaissance but in space.
    Lol, I can imagine an AVP Galaxy voyage; where along with epic stories there will be frustrating political rants and everyone ejecting themselves out of the airlock while Hubbs is left on board on his lonesome. ;D :D
  15. BishopShouldGo
    I just hope that whatever happens, the original David appears in the next two entries after Covenant. Maybe even a flashback or dream sequence of the real man David was based off of. Weyland's son? One can dream.
  16. whiterabbit
    It's amazing how many possibilities the AVPGalaxy crew are able to cook up over just a single letter and casual relationships. I wonder if that's what people would do on those long space ward voyages of the future. Just cook up some epic stories to pass the long boring night. It'll be like a renaissance but in space.
  17. itshouldneverhavebeenabug
    Maybe it's the Lawrence of Arabia link. Lawrence's younger brother was called Arnold Walter ... tenuous link ... maybe ...
  18. whiterabbit


    I wonder... if calling Walter a Robot would anger him? From the description he does appear to be the "sentimental issues" model. It would be funny if it was a direct relation to the Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2's. You know, the ones that get all twitchy and go on murderous rampages. :P
  19. TheLordKunthar
    So, Ridley decides that the Alphabet is too good for the Alien universe and breaks stride? something tells me he couldn't come up with a cool sounding E name >.>

    Honestly, I'm all for Fassbender coming back in 2 forms, one as character and the other as a plot progressive device, but something tells me this is going to be a rinse and repeat of Prometheus.....
  20. PsyKore
    I remember Holloway had some contempt for androids. Maybe that's a common attitude towards androids at the time and "Walter" is given to it make fun of it. It may still be a "David" android however.
  21. motherfather
    That would make a fine "where's walter?"scenario in a mass Android assembly plant.

    I don't know. Im losing interest and patience in all things Androidy. If you wanna make a film about Robots, then make a film about Robots.

    Just don't twist a perfectly fine film about aliens into a "David the robot" show. Thats my biggest fear at the moment, whereas previously it was a fear that prometheus 2 movie would be a "hey dudes its the David and Shaw space road trip" show.

    (As much as I like Fassbender, his character shouldn't carry the movie)

    Yes, im grumpy. Somebody has to be.
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