‘The X-Files’ Creator on Breaking Up Mulder and Scully: ‘We Put Some of the Tension Back’


The X-Files may not return to FOX until 2016, but fans are already wondering why their beloved Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) couldn’t cut it as a couple after taking so long to get together in the first place.

The show’s creator Chris Carter is opening up about the decision to separate the pair and, while we’re not sure whether fans will be satisfied by his reasons, he does in fact have reasons.

“We do it in an interesting way,” Carter told The Hollywood Reporter of his decision to break up the popular couple. “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.”

Does it make you feel better or worse knowing that this breakup has been a long time coming?

In addition to the return of originals stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Smoking Man) will also appear in the limited event. The X-Files production vets Glen Morgan and James Wong are also confirmed to return writers-producers. It was also previously announced that Joel McHale, Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose will guest star.

The X-Files limited event will debut with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT).

Do you think that the pair will rekindle their former relationship throughout the course of the series? Would you like them to? Let us know in the comments below!

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