Okay, so we’re a little late with this sad news. We just weren’t able to face it. Here’s a writer, though, who has definitely thought everything Mulder and Scully through:
by Katharine Trendacosta
Mulder and Scully on The X-Files are the couple who literally made “shipping” a thing, and they finally got together after years of romantic tension. But now, the new X-Files revival, airing next year, is going to break them up again. We’ve known for a while that this was happening—but yesterday, Chris Carter gave his “explanation” for this development. And it is bullshit.
Here’s what Carter told The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
Look, these are his characters, and his show. If he wants to do this, he can. He just shouldn’t.
“We put some of the tension back in that was relieved by them being together.”
If you are new to the X-Files, here’s a fun fact: that tension in the show lasted seven fucking years. Seven years, the fans watched these two emotionally stunted FBI agents—who clearly had nothing and no one in their lives more important than each other—without actually resolving anything. And when we finally actually got that long-awaited resolution? David Duchovny left the show….