The X-Files Finale: The end of an era or a new beginning?

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The X-Files – Scully and Mulder on the dock – Courtesy of Fox

Last night, the X-Files aired their Season 11 finale, My Struggle IV.  Since Gillian Anderson isn’t returning, is this the end of an era or a new beginning?

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Who is William?

The X-Files – William – Miles Robbins – Mulder – Duchovny – Courtesy of Fox

Last night’s X-Files episode, My Struggle IV, marked the Season 11 finale of the twenty-five-year-old show. There is speculation, with Gillian Anderson not returning, the series may not continue. While the future is uncertain, one thing is not.

Chris Carter delivered on his promise to not leave fans hanging. One of the best parts of this story was learning about William (Miles Robbins). We had quite a few questions about him, what his abilities were exactly and how he discovered them particularly after the Ghouli episode aired.

His childhood as Jackson Van De Kamp was happy. Nothing was out of the ordinary until around the age of eleven. After rumbling with the school bully in the playground, he discovered that he could do things to people.

What he could do to them was terrifying. In the case of the unfortunate bully, he could make him bleed from every orifice. From there, he was ostracized because his peers could sense he was “different.”

This made his life difficult because he bounced from school to school. He turned to becoming a criminal much to his parents’ disappointment and was sent away to a special institution. While there he began to discover that he could fake responses to people.

He would tell his counselors things that they wanted to hear. After he injured his two girlfriends, he ended up on the government’s radar. His biological father, the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) began to pursue him with a vengeance.

William wanted answers. Much like Fox Mulder, he knew that the truth was out there and he was going to find it.

The Return of Tad

The X-Files – Scully talking to Tad – Courtesy of Fox

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Scully (Gillian Anderson) is so attached to her son that much like ET and Elliott, they can send each other thoughts. Feeling like he is in danger and wanting to stop the cataclysmic viral destruction of humanity, she risks it all by contacting conspiracy theorist and television host, Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale).

Basically, serving as the conduit to set the story in motion, Scully tells O’Malley that an alien contagion is going to be unleashed upon the world. When he asks her if he can source her, she says “federal agent.” As it turns out, when O’Malley’s broadcast is heard, Mulder (David Duchovny) is seen onscreen trying to exit a crime scene but more on that in a bit.

Of course, Director Kersh (James Pickens Jr) catches wind of this and demands that Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) hunt Mulder and Scully down and take their badges. Skinner tries arguing but there is no point to it.

Exiting that bad scene, he runs into Scully. She tells him that she was the one that contacted O’Malley and not Mulder. Imparting to Skinner that Mulder was in danger and she needs his help. They pair up to try and track Mulder down.