Gillian Anderson Teases an Answer to Scully's Abduction in the X-Files Revival

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 2:27PM
X-Files
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 2:27PM
Gillian Anderson Teases an Answer to Scully's Abduction in the X-Files Revival
For those who are well-acquainted with the X-Files's somewhat convoluted mythology, there are many questions that could be answered on the upcoming revival series. We already know Mulder and Scully's relationship status at the beginning of the series, and that the Lone Gunmen are somehow still alive, but now, at this year's Fan Expo, Gillian Anderson has (sort of) confirmed that we'll get the answer to at least one more burning question: what happened to Scully when she was abducted in the second season.

When asked by a fan whether she believes that Scully was abducted by aliens or whether the government was behind her disappearance, Anderson answered,

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"Could she have been abducted by the government? That's all I'm going to say," she said. "We might find out … in Season 10. Might. A little bit."
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She's being coy, but it seems that we will finally know for certain who kidnapped Scully. It was strongly implied throughout the rest of the show that it was the work of the government, but also related to the agenda of the aliens, but the storyline was never 100% resolved. While many are probably looking forward to the case-of-the-week episodes much more than the mythology episodes of the revival, I'm very curious to see how the writers choose to resolve the threads of the mythology that were left hanging.

Speaking of which, Anderson also discussed the monster-of-the-week versus the mythology format, and why the revival is designed to make fans very happy:

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"It is not [one continuous story]. It is exactly what you used to get, so there's a couple of comedic episodes, a couple 'monster-of-the-week' episodes, and a couple mythological ones.

When I watched the first episode, my reaction was, 'Man, is this enough? And then the expert in all things, Simon Pegg, said to me, 'What they want is exactly what they got to begin with. It's like comfort food. They want what you originally gave them and that will be enough.' And that's what you're going to get. Hopefully, you guys will be happy, because that's what it's all about."
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She also discussed her character's impact on popular culture as one of the first really strong characters on mainstream television, especially after one fan said Scully inspired her to become a molecular biologist:

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"In 1993, there weren't really any strong, independent female characters on television. I'm serious," Anderson said. "There was 'Baywatch.' There weren't many then, and there are a lot now. I think Scully was the first to be that character, and I think women appreciated that. It started a trend, so I feel very proud and grateful to be one of the first on television."
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And finally, she addressed the fan favorite monster-of-the-week episode "Bad Blood," which was written by a pre-Breaking Bad Vince Gilligan and guest starred Luke Wilson:

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"So I watched the episode recently," she said. "I wanted to show my kids an episode that was remotely appropriate in any way, shape or form. So I thought it would be good. Nightmares for a fucking week. … I literally tormented them. They are not a fan of 'X-Files' now. They will be 21 by the time they watch the series again. Completely backfired. Still my favorite episode, though. I mean, fucking Luke Wilson!"
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The X-Files miniseries, which also stars David Duchovny as Mulder, Mitch Pileggi as AD Skinner, and William B. Davis as The Smoking Man, will debut with a two-night premiere on January 24th and 25th at 8pm ET on Fox. 

Via Comic Book Resources.
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