I think it’s highly simplistic to just criticise the writing for why Shaw was killed off
I think it’s just as possible that perhaps Naomi Rapace couldn’t/didn’t want to/wasn’t happy with the money to carry on the role....for all we know it’s damn lucky we got The Crossing or that there’s more of her story to tell in the next one somewhere but the point ive seen lacking here is it’s not always bad scriptwriting that makes these things happen
Seeing how Luke Scott shot several shorts for their viral campaign, instead of doing that, Fox could have authorized an abridged 'David and Shaw' story short of 20-40 mins were we see them leaving LV-223, what happens in their arrival, their exploration of the planet, they discover Engineer survivors were she gets her answers though in the same time realizes David nuked the planet, confronts David leading to her downfall. They could have attached the short before the film started or included as a special feature in the blu-ray for all of us to at least have some closure with that aspect of the story.
They could still do this for Awakening. Instead of trying to answer every question left hanging from Prometheus and Covenant into one movie, do the short for her and David, leaving Awakening to focus on David and his reign on Origae-6 with his creation and the battle that will lead to his downfall by the Engineers. Fox if your reading this, take the idea. Won't charge you for it.
I would be totally fine if they did this. All we need a quick 20-30 min short on what happened with some of our questions being answered to tie up loose ends. This could have the way for the next movie and it would have a stronger basis as the short could strengthen both Prometheus and mainly Covenant.
Exactly. I'm shocked Fox didn't go for this route. Seems they didn't realize the backlash they would have from those who liked Shaw.
Seeing David's lab of horrors we see a dissected Engineer. You could make a story of Shaw and this engineer.
We could begin with the entire 12 minutes crossing sequence of David and Shaw in the ship until she goes into hypersleep. Then, David wakes her eight to nine years after their initial arrival. David tells her the world was already wiped out. Shaw feels something is not right when she notices the silo open, and the entire payload missing. She goes to explore the planet, trying to find what happened.
In the forest, she comes across three survivors. They fear her, though shows she's not going to harm them. They ask why did she nuke their planet, she's shocked by the allegations. Shaw tells them she was only seeking answers to her questions found in LV-223. Here, the engineers reveal that her companion destroyed the planet several years back. With a small device they show her the bombing. She's horrified by this. While this transpires two of the engineers get infected by the spores.
Fearing David, she stays with them. However, David has being following her from afar. They tell her of a plan to kill David, lift the shields on the planet, and try to escape. When, suddenly two of the engineers get severely sick. David appears out of no where. Shaw is horrified by him and what's occurring to the engineers. David calmly tells her what's going to occur when two neos are born. David prevents the neo from attacking her and the engineer. He gives her the choice to replenish the planet and become his eve? she spits at him. David sicks the neos on her and the engineer. Both run for dear life rushing across the forest towards the underground base were the ships are. The neos attack them, one of them killing the engineer. Shaw is about to be killed by when David stops the neo, and slams her to the ground. He injects her with a sedative mixed with the pathogen. She quietly moans as her head begins to mutate, he carries her back to the temple.