When it comes to famous will-they/won’t-they relationships on television, few would-be couples can come close to the repressed tension between Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), during the pair's investigations into the paranormal on FOX's long-running drama, The X-Files. The show is set to make its return in 2016, so many fans are no doubt wondering if the FBI agents will still be linked romantically; however, the answer was already given at this past summer's TCA conference, and it's a resounding “no.”
Today comes news as how the show plans to handle the split between Mulder and Scully. And naturally, the person to answer such a question would be series creator/showrunner Chris Carter, who definitely had something to say on the matter.
Carter had this to say to THR:
'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.
When The X-Files was just its 9-season moment in time, bringing Mulder and Scully together romantically made sense in season 7, as everyone knew the end was near(ish). However, as we saw in the second feature film, there’s more drama to be had by having the two at odds.
Duchovny added more fuel to the question of Mulder and Scully's personal relationship during a panel at Wizard World in Pittsburg recently:
"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 …"
Even Mitch Pillegi (Walter Skinner) got into the discussion by describing the relationship as "yet to be determined" - which Duchovny apparently deemed appropriate.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from exchange concerning Mulder and Scully's relationship status is Duchovny's coy comment about the sixth episode in the event series. One has to wonder whether or not everything (between the two partners) will be wrapped up in a nice tight bow when the X-Files revival reaches its conclusion. Such speculation would echo sentiments made by Duchovny regarding the revival potentially being revisited beyond these initial six episodes, if the ratings warrant such a continuation.
If that’s indeed the case, then fans should hope everyone tunes in for the X-Files' return. After all, a world without Mulder and Scully together in the end is not a world we want to live in.
The X-Files returns January 24th, 2016 on FOX.