Many "The X-Files" fans want to believe that Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) belong together and will stay together. They even had a son together. But the truth is already out there -- they are broken up as of the show's return to Fox (starting January 24). Not only that, show creator Chris Carter told TVLine the split won't lead to a romantic reunion, they are going to stay split.

"I thought it was honest," Carter told TVLine of the split. "And I thought it was an interesting thing to explore, as well as a way to put tension into the idea that the X-Files would be more difficult to reopen if they were split up versus together." So not only are they split, it sounds like maybe they did not part as friends. Carter did tell TVLine the pair will "become closer" in the six episodes ahead, but he said it's due to their renewed professional partnership, not anything "romantic."

We're with the 60 percent of fans who voted "No" when asked, "Are you happy about Carter's decision to deromanticize Mulder and Scully?" About 27 percent voted "Takign a wait-and-see approach," with 12 percent voting "Yes" they are happy to see the romance gone. As one commenter put it, "We explored Scully and Mulder not-together for most of the nine seasons the show was originally on the air for. The truly creative thing would be to show how reopening the cases effected their romantic relationship. This just seems like they're hitting the reset button."

Sigh. Yeah. The real challenge on TV isn't writing a will-they-or-won't-they, or having characters work through tension to build respect, it's letting characters be together in a relationship and seeing how they can make it work over time. It's not like people don't do that in real life every day, and it doesn't have to be boring. Mulder and Scully are not boring as individuals and surely they could come up with a plot that keeps them interesting as a couple. Because that's what seems most honest, from here. We want to believe it can be done!

Check out the new preview, with a 21-minute look at the show's return:

If they really did bring the band back together for the fans, why not give the (majority of) fans what they want?

The six new "X-Files" episodes launch with a two-night event starting Sunday, January 24 at 10 p.m. ET, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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