The X-Files is almost back on television on a weekly (for at least five weeks) basis. There’s only about a month left until the revival premieres on January 24, and while not much has been revealed about those six episodes (two mythology-based and four standalone hours), there are enough teases out to make you even more excited about what’s to come.
It has long since been revealed that The X-Files revival is not going to pick up right where things left off for Mulder and Scully’s relationship. After all, they were together, but by the time the revival begins, they will have broken up, which does mean that their relationship sounds like it will be more of what they were like for most of the original series and the first movie.
According to TVLine, series creator Chris Carter has said that he thought taking the more personal aspect of Mulder and Scully’s relationship out of the equation “was honest.”
“I thought it was an interesting thing to explore, as well as a way to put tension into the idea that the X-Files would be more difficult to reopen if they were split up versus together,” he went on to explain.
Furthermore, when previewing what to expect from the two throughout the season, Carter did say that they “become closer,” but it doesn’t sound like that means there’s a romantic reunion in their future by the season finale. Instead, they will grow closer because they’re working together again, as seen in previews for The X-Files revival.
Does that mean all hope is lost for a Mulder/Scully reunion? Maybe not necessarily. After all, in an interview with TVLine, David Duchovny did say that he would be up for another season in the future, but not “to just make more episodes because [they] can.” Maybe if that happens, a future season could see the couple reunite if they don’t by the end of this six-episode revival.
Also willing to do more when it comes to The X-Files is Mitch Pileggi, who does return as Skinner for the revival, as the actor told the Hollywood Reporter when he discussed what his character is up to, how he felt coming back, and more.
“I was ready to do whatever they wanted me to do,” he shared, calling the series “a huge part of [his] life” and “career.”
“It’s very important to me.”
Not much has changed for Skinner, including his job, which Pileggi attributed to his willingness to help Mulder, especially in his escape from prison.
“That’s what it comes down to: the reason he’s still an assistant director is because he was hanging out with Spooky for too long. He’s probably been … he’s probably been ostracized a little bit by the other higher ups in the FBI, because he hasn’t advanced.”
It’s thanks to “connections with people who have power” that he still has his job. Rather than leave because he’s essentially stuck in the same job, he stays at the FBI because “he’s a very dedicated person” — to the bureau and to Mulder and Scully.
While the actor couldn’t say how much Skinner knows about Mulder and Scully’s romantic relationship being over, he did share that “he surmises that the situation between the two of them has changed.”
Furthermore, if you’d like an extended — as in over 20 minutes — look at what to expect from The X-Files revival, Fox has released a behind-the-scenes video with insight from series creator Chris Carter and series stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi. But be warned, there are some big spoilers in it.
The X-Files revival premieres Sunday, January 24, following the NFC Championship Game, and will air in its regular time slot beginning Monday, January 25, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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