Guest star from only Fox-banned X-Files episode returning for new season

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Sep 22, 2017

Karin Konoval is probably not a name you would recognize on its own. The character actress has appeared in some of our favorite genre TV shows, though, including The Exorcist, Bates Motel, Arrow, Supernatural, Fringe, ... and The X-Files.

Konoval played Mother Peacock in the infamous X-Files episode "Home," the disfigured, inbreeding matriarch of the disfigured, inbred Peacock family. And now she is returning for the upcoming season of The X-Files -- but not as Mrs. Peacock.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The X-Files creator Chris Carter had this to say about Konoval's return:

"While Karen Konoval won’t be reprising her role as the mother-under-the-bed in the fan-favorite episode 'Home,' she will be returning in a tour-de-force performance in an early episode. Or, more accurately — performances."

"Home" wasn't the only X-Files episode Konoval appeared in. Before that, she played Madame Zelma in another top-ranked episode called "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose." But "Home" is probably more notable, if only because of the intense story.

Mulder and Scully are sent to Home, Pennsylvania, after an infant is discovered in a shallow grave in a field. Their investigation leads them to discover the Peacock family, a trio of disfigured inbred brothers who have been mating with their mother, a quadruple amputee they keep under the bed.

"Home" was controversial for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the opening scene, which showed the infant being buried alive. It was the first episode of The X-Files to carry a "viewer discretion" warning before it, and Fox declined to re-air the episode in repeats -- the only episode of the series to be essentially banned from the network. The episode only returned to the airwaves once the show was syndicated.

It is not far-fetched to think that Mrs. Peacock could return. At the end of "Home," one of the Peacock brothers escaped with his mom. So even if Carter claims the Peacocks are not returning, there is always a chance ...

David Duchovny talks about returning to Mulder.

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