With "Alien: Covenant" on the horizon, Ridley Scott is talking about the very first "Alien" film and how he envisioned a very different ending.

He tells EW that instead of having Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) be the Final Girl who cleverly blasts the xenopmorph into space, he wanted to kill her off. "I thought that the alien should come in, and Ripley harpoons it and it makes no difference, so it slams through her mask and rips her head off." Noooo!

The final image would have been the alien pressing buttons on the dashboard. "It would mimic Captain Dallas [Tom Skerritt] saying, 'I'm signing off.'" Well, that's just cold.

Fortunately, a Fox exec threatened to "fire me on the spot," Scott laughed. "So we didn't do that [ending]."

Who would have carried the franchise forward if not Ripley? Jones the Cat?

Luckily, Weaver's badass character lived to fight aliens three more times, including in her Oscar-nominated role in "Aliens."

"Alien: Covenant" hits theaters May 19.