Scully and Mulder return to a very touchy subject in new X-Files footage

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Jan 22, 2016, 7:12 PM EST (Updated)

The X-Files revival will be airing this Sunday, and the show we know and loved will look a little different here in 2016. For one, the show will no longer be crackling with will-they-won’t-they tension. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder had a relationship, one that has run its course. But they have ties that bind in the form of their son, William. In the latest video from The X-Files, we get to learn more about the son they had—and what giving him up meant to them.

Back in 2002, Scully gave up her year-old son for adoption to keep him safe from the aliens (and their human allies) who want to use him to invade the world. But it seems she never stopped thinking about him. And, as she tells Mulder, she hates herself for not having the courage to keep him. Actress Gillian Anderson said that the show has brought up “some profound subject matter,” and she had never had this kind of a challenge before.

Mulder, on the other hand, said he put thoughts of William behind him. But actor David Duchovny believes Mulder feels guilt, even if though giving his son up meant keeping him safe.

Willam, who is currently 15 years old, is a talked-about character whose impact on Scully is palpable. But will he be seen? Not likely, according to IMDB, who doesn’t have the character listed. 

Perhaps it’s best for William if he stays away: Mulder has become even more intense in the last few years. And that’s saying something.