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“Prometheus” sequel talk and the real reason the Engineers wanted to destroy mankind

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In the week leading up to the release of “Prometheus,” we went into crunch mode. The film’s world premiere and junket had just occurred in London and news outlets were posting their interviews with the stars and crew, but we didn’t want to be spoiled for the mystery-heavy movie. So we ignored most of the stories that came out about the future of Ridley Scott‘s new sci-fi franchise and decided to wait until after the film was released.

Well, “Prometheus” is now out in theaters, the mystery has been revealed, and we’ve learned that the flick has a very sequel-friendly ending. That means that it’s time to go back to all those previously released interviews and find out what Scott and writer Damon Lindelof have in store for us in the future. Collider did most of the heavy lifting for us, compiling quotes from interviews posted on The Hollywood Reporter, Movies.com, and Collider themselves.

“From the very beginning, I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel. I really don’t want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to [Noomi Rapace’s character, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw] saying, ‘I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from,'” Scott told Movies.com.

But Lindelof was always aware that this set-up would have some backlash. “Ridley was very interested in talking about, ‘What are the answers to the questions that Prometheus is posing that are not necessarily definitively spelled out in the body of Prometheus?’ I said to him, we should be prepared for people to feel frustrated if we’re going to be withholding, so we have to be very careful about what we’re saving for later because it’s not a foregone conclusion that there are going to be sequels, and so if there isn’t a sequel, just be comfortable with what we gave them in this movie,” he told THR.

“Prometheus” has gotten a lot of flack for talking about The Big Questions but never actually asking them. But one of the biggest cliffhangers left at the end of the flick is the explanation of why the Engineers wanted to wipe out mankind to begin with. If we read into some of Scott’s comments, that answer could be because humans killed Jesus Christ.

“If you look at it as an ‘our children are misbehaving down there’ scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, ‘Lets’ send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it. Guess what? They crucified him,'” Scott told Movies.com.

That Christ assumption is doubly confirmed by the fact that the Prometheus crew determined the Engineers decided to destroy earth about two millennia ago, or around the time Christ was crucified. If we’re to read even more into Scott’s comments, he could be saying that Christ (in his world) was actually an emissary of the Engineers.

Apparently the potential sequel to “Prometheus” could be called “Paradise,” a title that was toyed with for Scott’s planned “Alien” prequel. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Engineers’ home planet is going to be heaven on Earth when Elizabeth Shaw finds it.

“I’d love to explore where the hell [Dr. Shaw] goes next and what does she do when she gets there, because if it is paradise, paradise can not be what you think it is,” Scott told Movies.com. “Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous.”

Are you intrigued at the direction the “Prometheus” series is headed in? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…