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KaiG1987 t1_iujqe30 wrote

I definitely always assumed that the Thing was not the original creator of the spaceship it arrived on.

The fact that it crashed in the most remote and inhospitable area on the planet suggests that maybe the crew crashed there on purpose after realising they were infected. Maybe the Thing had managed to influence them to travel to a garden world like Earth in the first place, but they were able to sabotage its plans at the last minute.