It has already been announced that the fan-favorite science fiction series The X-Files is set to return and that stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have signed on.
The revival is expected to pick up the invasion story from the proper series, which ran for 9 seasons on Fox from 1993-2002. Although there was a follow-up film in 2008, the film didn't really tie in to the events of the series and many fans saw it as being The X-Files in name only. Now, we have confirmation that another familiar face is set to return with the new series...
William B. Davis, who became a household name as the infamous Cigarette Smoking Man during the show's original run, confirmed in an interview with Den of Geek that we will indeed be seeing Mulder's arch-nemesis make a return, despite seeing him seemingly obliterated by military aircraft during the original series' finale. Davis told Den of Geek:
“As an actor it’s good for me, it’s good for my career and it’s stimulating, I had no hesitation, I would have been quite disappointed if the show had been done without me and I think a lot of fans would have been disappointed as well.”
Davis also went on to spill some juicy details about the revival and the relationship of Mulder and Scully:
“I asked [Chris Carter] if Mulder and Scully were a couple like they were at the end of the series and the indication was no, they were apart. Now whether they’ve been a couple that's separated or if they go back in time and they’ve never been a couple, I don’t know. It seems like it’s going to be a somewhat different take than the finale left us in.”
In the second film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Mulder and Scully were indeed still together and on the run from the FBI, but their relationship did seem rather rocky, mostly because of Mulder's inability to let the X-Files go and move on. Apparently, his obsession has indeed taken a toll on their relationship. We will see where they go with this when The X-Files returns in January of next year.