The will-they-or-won’t-they sexual tension between the skeptical Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and the seemingly out-there Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) was one of the elements of the original ‘X-Files’ TV series that kept fans coming back season after season. After six agonizing seasons, the pair finally locked lips in season seven and maintained an on-again-off-again relationship through the rest of the show’s run and the two spin-off films ‘Fight The Future’ and ‘I Want To Believe’. When last glimpsed in the latter movie, the pair were comfortably settled down but that status will have cracked by the time the new miniseries hits this winter.
“In the beginning of these six episodes, we seem to be estranged,” Duchovny revealed at Pittsburgh’s Wizard World Comic Con. “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 [of the new series]… It’s yet to be determined.”
Having them happily coupled may diffuse some of the tension of the series, and having them separated opens the door for more possibilities, says series creator Chris Carter:
“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.”
The decision has not necessarily been met with warmth from longtime fans, who were pleased to see the two agents together romantically, but as with all things related to ‘The X-Files’ things may not be as they seem and you never know what’s lurking behind the next corner.
What do you think? Do you want Mulder and Scully together again? Or are you open to see what Carter and company have in store? Does having them separated mean more storytelling possibilities? Comment below!
The six-episode ‘The X-Files’ event series kicks off on January 24th, on Fox.