Chris Carter Says the X-Files Finale Will Be "Open-Ended"

Monday, 25 January 2016 - 3:27PM
X-Files
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 3:27PM
Chris Carter Says the X-Files Finale Will Be "Open-Ended"
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Spoilers for the X-Files premiere, "My Struggle," follow!


The X-Files premiere answered a few questions we had about the intervening years since the series finale- whether Mulder and Scully stayed together, whether CSM is really dead, whether the world ended in 2012- but in true X-Files fashion, it raised a whole host of other questions, especially about the mythology. Why didn't the alien invasion happen in 2012 as planned? Have humans been behind the alien conspiracy the whole time? And if that's true, how does that jive with everything we saw in the original series? According to Chris Carter, some of these questions will be answered, while others won't, possibly to leave room for more episodes or movies.

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"I can tell you we answer a lot of those questions [in the finale], but we pose new questions, too," Carter told THR. "I think we keep it open-ended."
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Carter and co. have previously established that the first and last episodes will be mythology episodes, while the four episodes in between will be standalone monsters-of-the-week. It would be a tall order to wrap up all of the loose threads in only one more mythology episode, so this only makes sense, but there's a chance that all of them will be answered in due time. The X-Files' premiere may not have been a big hit with critics, but it was a huge ratings win for Fox, garnering more viewers than the average episode of Fox's biggest ratings juggernaut, Empire. As a result, there's already talk about expanding the series beyond the originally planned six episodes. 

Among the questions that will be answered, according to Carter, is the question of CSM's continued survival. He was assumed dead several times over the course of the series, and was finally killed with a missile in the series finale. But like a cockroach, he's still around, and while we wouldn't have it any other way, we would like an explanation. 

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"All will be explained once you see the show," said Carter.
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And at the very least, we know that the retcon hasn't rendered aliens completely fictional, as Scully has discovered that she has alien DNA following her own abduction. 

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"I think it's a watershed moment in the series, when she finds that out," Carter said. "It will change the way [Scully] looks at life."
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And in addition to making Scully a little bit more of a believer, again, it will also serve to improve the estranged relationship between her and Mulder. "Now they're bonded together in a way they might not have been otherwise."

The second episode of the X-Files miniseries, "Founder's Mutation," airs tonight at 8pm ET on Fox.
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