“The X-Files” is officially back on TV, with the two-part premiere airing Sunday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 25, and recently, creator Chris Carter spoke with reporters about bringing the series back, what’s coming up and more.
“It was important to us to actually be mindful that there’s an audience out there that we know they know the show,” Carter said when it came to crafting the six-episode “X-Files” revival. “This series is for them.” To that end, there are Easter eggs, “intentionally and unintentionally.” However, they also had to be mindful of a new or “casual viewing” audience who will be tuning in, especially in the case of the possibility of the series coming back for more.
“When we went off the air in 2002, there could not have been more trust in government and institutions and we allowed a lot of our rights and liberties to be abridged in the name of security,” Carter said. “I think that we’ve all witnessed now the abuse of that trust and ‘The X-Files’ wants to point a very bright light at some of those dark corners that have developed.” Because “we live in an era of tremendous amount of suspicion and distrust of not only our government leaders, but world government,” it makes it “an interesting time” for the series to come back.
And as was seen in the first, episode, conspiracies – and conspiracies of men – are at the forefront right now. However, that doesn’t mean that “what Mulder once believed can be thrown out the window,” according to the executive producer. “It’s now what Mulder once believed is a fraction of what looks like a much larger picture that had been kept from him.”
Essentially, the mythology of the series has taken “a big right hand turn,” which mostly plays into the first and sixth episodes of the revival – which are both titled “My Struggle,” and yes, that’s related to the Knausgaard novels. “I really look at Mulder’s life as becoming very tedious and very confined and very – I think he’s been struggling with some depression,” Carter shared. “I saw the Knausgaard title as really, for me, indicative of how I was looking at Mulder’s life and how he may be looking at his own life.”
As has been seen in the first two episodes, Scully and Mulder are no longer together. “It was my [and the producers’] thinking that Mulder and Scully would have had a very hard time living under the same roof based on their personalities and their passions,” Carter explained. However, over the course of the revival, “they begin to be drawn closure together through not just their investigations but through, I would call it, a deep love for one another.”
The second episode, “Founder’s Mutation,” saw Scully and Mulder both wondering “what if?” when it comes to their son, William, whom they had to give up to protect him. “William is all important, not to just them, but to others and he will play an important part” in episode 4 as well, Carter teased, calling him “an absent presence.” However, though “he is important to the arc of the stories going forward,” he will not appear again after episode 2.
Characters who will appear again include the Lone Gunmen, news which originally had fans wondering how. All the creator would say about that was “they come back in a way that you will absolutely never expect.”
And now that “The X-Files” has returned to television, could a third movie become a possibility? Or could there be more episodes in the future? Carter admitted he “probably wouldn’t want to o the third movie” he had written, though he could “use some elements of it.” And if there ever is a third movie, it would have to have “the proper budget and the proper release date,” both of which were missing for the second. “I’d be looking to do something more like the first movie,” he said.
“The X-Files” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on FOX.