The X-Files: Origins authors on the challenge of channeling Mulder and Scully as teens

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May 12, 2017, 2:19 PM EDT (Updated)

We’ve entered the long wait for a potential new season of The X-Files, but in the meantime, we’ll have two brand new tie-in novels to keep us busy. The twist? It’ll follow teenage Mulder and Scully. So, how does that work?

Entertainment Weekly caught up with authors Jonathan Maberry (author of Scully’s story Devil’s Advocate) and Kami Garcia (author of Mulder’s story Agent of Chaos) to talk about the challenges of telling new stories with these characters years before we actually meet them. Devil’s Advocate follows Scully as she looks into murders in her new town, while Agent of Chaos follows Mulder as he looks into a death and disappearance in his hometown:

“They mention a couple of times in the series that she had visions. I always wondered why they never explored why she went from believer to skeptic. Scully is always willing to believe, but she really does need that proof. It’s never a comfortable acceptance,” Maberry said.

“He doesn’t have an inkling there [might be] a paranormal explanation, but as a teen you’re willing to make leaps that adults are more hesitant to make. At the core, Mulder is incredibly loyal and earnest, but also very stubborn and impulsive. There were always seeds of that in him, but this is the story of what cemented that and put him on the path to Oxford, the FBI, and ultimately working on the X-Files,” Garcia said.

Both books are on shelves now, if you’re dying for some old-school (new school) X-Files stories.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)