There are BIG spoilers ahead for the upcoming six-episode revival of The X-Files! You’ve been warned!
If the haggard appearance of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in the first preview pictures from The X-Files wasn’t a big enough tip-off, the Fox Network made it official at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
Mulder and Scully (Gillian Anderson) are splitsville. Done. Finito. In other words, the romance is over. This became apparent in a new preview clip from the revival in which Scully refers to herself as Mulder’s “friend and physician” as they had a huge argument about a new conspiracy. Notably, Mulder insisted that the new conspiracy was created by men, not aliens.
Over the course of The X-Files’ nine-season run, Mulder and Scully’s were one of TV’s most shipped couples even though their relationship was strictly platonic and professional. In the eighth season, their intense friendship finally gave way to romance. Duchovny didn’t stick around for the final season, but he came back for the series finale which ended with Mulder and Scully in bed as they contemplated the future.
In 2008, The X-Files: I Want To Believe movie also featured Mulder and Scully as a couple, and it gave them a slightly happy ending in the face of lingering threats. Presumably The X-Files creative team is ending the romance in order to give the series some added tension and to recreate some of the classic dynamic that the duo shared in the early seasons of the show.
Don’t despair, Mulder & Scully shippers. Even though they’re currently apart, there’s still a good chance that they could reconcile by the end of the sixth episode. The X-Files will return to Fox on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
X-Files fans, do you prefer Mulder and Scully as a couple or as platonic partners? We want to believe your opinions, so share them in the comment section below!