The X-Files: Chris Carter addresses fan concerns over premiere shocker


Fans were flipping out after the end of Season 11’s premiere episode. Showrunner Chris Carter addresses their concerns about the shocking series revelation.

“My affection for you is special…” – Cigarette Smoking Man

Oh, the Horror!

The ending of The X-Files Season 11 premiere episode was like a DEFCON 2 status for most of the series fans. It was finally revealed that Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) was NOT the father of William much to the collective universe’s chagrin.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this turn of events took place in Season 7’s episode, En Ami. Scully (Gillian Anderson) takes a road trip with CSM (William B. Davis). She falls asleep in the car. When she wakes up the next morning, she is clothed in a silk gown.

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Outraged Scully exclaims, “You drugged me! How the hell did I get out of my clothes and into bed? … I don’t know what you’re up to …” Then it is revealed in the finale that she is with child.

Segue to the present and the big reveal that nearly broke the internet happens in an exchange between Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and CSM. It is revealed that Scully was impregnated with alien DNA in the hope that she would bear the first superhuman child.

At that point a perturbed Skinner questions who the real father is to which CSM replies, “I am. William is my son.” Prior to this bombshell, Reyes (Annabeth Gish) alleges that CSM is in love with Scully. That is something that no one expected to hear either.

After the fans lost their collective minds, Chris Carter sheds some light on the controversial decision in a sit down with EW.

Creative Design

Carter reveals that this storyline was always in play even back in 1999. However, the showrunner is quite adamant that CSM did not “rape Scully. He impregnated her with science.”

Obviously, this decision will affect everything going forward with Mulder and Scully’s relationship. According to Carter’s design he wanted to, “put the audience in a privileged point of view that could ultimately explode in the end.”

Since the characters are not aware of this turn of events, once they become enlightened will this knowledge threaten their personal and professional partnership? It will be interesting to see what develops.

For those constant viewers of the show who fear another cliffhanger in lieu of Gillian Anderson stating that this is her last season as Agent Dana Scully, don’t worry! Carter states, “I will always end it as if it were the last one. Things are always sacrificed in the finale.”

However, he cryptically adds, “There’s a vertical corner in the finale that I think will get people’s attention.”  So far, one episode in, Carter and company have made the show compelling enough that won’t be a problem.

Next: X-Files: My Struggle III – I want to believe or I want to lie?

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