Chris Carter Explains Mulder and Scully's Split in THE X-FILES

TVThe X-Filesby Joey Paur

The last time we saw Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) together it was in the 2008 feature film, I Want to Believe. Their relationship is going to be a lot different, though, when we see them in the upcoming revival because they are no longer a couple. 

In an interview with THR, Chris Carter reveals how and why the couple destined to be together break up.

"We do it in an interesting way. We play with that relationship [in the event series]. We put some of the tension back in that was relieved by them being together. It added to the storytelling opportunities. It’s something that I came up with; I had been thinking about it. There was always talk of [breaking them up] if we did another movie."

With them in this state when the series begins, its going to be interesting to see where they end up after the six-episode run. In a previous interview with Duchovny, he explained that he wasn’t sure where it was going to go:

"In the beginning of these six episodes, we seem to be estranged. I don't know where it's going. I really don't know. I'm trying to think [what was] the end of the sixth episode… "

The series has already completed production, so I’m sure he knows exactly where that relationship is going by now. I’ve always loved the relationship of these two characters. From the very beginning, the chemistry was perfect. Even if they aren’t together romantically, it's going to still be fun watching them work together again.

With production on The X-Files wrapped, Carter says:

"We just wrapped the six episodes, and I look and I see that we did 202 episodes of the show. I honestly don’t know how we did it. I was exhausted by the end of these six episodes. I think what the show benefited from a lot of youthful energy. I always say about the show that we didn’t know what we couldn't do, so we just tried everything. And luckily, we had the people working with us, and for us, that always gave it a shot."

I can’t wait to see it when it premieres on January 24th! 

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