Chris Carter on breaking up Mulder and Scully in new season of The X-Files

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Sep 15, 2015, 10:43 AM EDT

It took years for Mulder and Scully to finally get together in the original run of The X-Files, but creator Chris Carter just can’t let anyone be happy. So, what’s up with the monster-hunting couple in the revival series?

With the six-episode revival season wrapped, Carter opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about where the story will pick up with Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) a full seven years after their latest adventure in the big-screen dud I Want To Believe. According to Carter, the pair will be broken up when the show returns. Why? Because it represented a ripe storytelling opportunity.

Here’s an excerpt from what Carter had to say:

“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.

We just wrapped the six episodes, and I look and I see that we did 202 episodes of the show. I honestly don’t know how we did it. I was exhausted by the end of these six episodes. I think what the show benefited from a lot of youthful energy. I always say about the show that we didn’t know what we couldn't do, so we just tried everything. And luckily, we had the people working with us, and for us, that always gave it a shot.”

For those keeping score, the partnership started as a professional pairing of a sceptic and believer, which grew to the first (real) kiss in Season 7. Scully became pregnant at the end of that season, and the pair were last seen living together in I Want To Believe. In classic X-Files fashion, it sounds like things are only getting more complicated.

The new season of The X-Files is set to premiere Jan. 24 on Fox.


(Via The Hollywood Reporter)