Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully Impregnated By Cigarette Smoking Man In Shocking The X-Files Twist

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The X-Files returned in a big way with the shocking and controversial twist that Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) teenage son is not the product of a romance with Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) but rather by the evil workings of Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). The 11th season premiere revealed that Cigarette Smoking Man abducted Scully and impregnated her with alien-assisted science.

The new season premiere concludes with CSM explaining to Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) that he impregnated Scully to create “the first superhuman child.” Skinner demands to know who William’s father is if not Mulder. CSM replies: “I am. William is my son.” Creator Chris Carter spoke to EW about the twist and how it will serve the show’s storyline moving forward.

On the decision to reveal Cigarette Smoking Man as the father:

It adds to the characters in an interesting emotional way. And because the audience is now in on this truth, and Mulder and Scully are not, these revelations are huge for this show because they’re huge for the characters. Mulder and Scully’s life history, both professional and personal, are the heart of the show.

On how the twist impacts the storyline moving forward:

It does impact it in a big way and you’ll see that in the arc of the series… This fact is hovering over them and everything they do and say to each other is kind of loaded as they’re walking in the dark. It makes for interesting storytelling to put the audience in a privileged point of view that could ultimately explode in the end.

Here are some reactions on social media to the latest twist on The X-Files.

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as “X-Files.” Though the government is convinced that the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, for most of the series, stop at nothing to prove that “the truth is out there.” Series creator Chris Carter also serves as executive producer of the thrilling pop-culture phenomenon.

The X-Files debuted in 1993 on Fox, and continued for nine seasons before ending its original run in 2002. The series spawned two feature films and a short-lived television spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, as well as related comics, novels and tabletop and video games.

The all-new 10-episode installment once again will be executive-produced by creator Carter and premieres Wednesday January 3rd. The series originally premiered in September 1993, and over the course of a nine-season run earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

What did you think of the twist that the Cigarette Smoking Man was the father of Scully’s son? Were you shocked by that twist? What did you think of the premiere? Let us know in the comments section.

Author: Shawn Rice

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