"The X-Files" boss Chris Carter tried to defend the decision, but ... no. Just no.

The truth was out there but no one wanted to believe how "The X-Files" Season 11 premiere ended. After such high hopes, that's what we got?


The big twist at the end came when the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) went full Maury Povich and said Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) was not the father of Dana Scully's (Gillian Anderson) son William. Instead, CSM said he was the father. Turns out, he's not literally the biological father, but he used alien-assisted science back in Season 7's "En Emi" to impregnate Scully.

"He's the figurative father if he's not the actual father," Chris Carter told Entertainment Weekly. "He didn't rape Scully. He impregnated her with science."

That's still rape.

Fans were horrified (see below) but Carter told EW he knew back in Season 7 that CSM had drugged Scully and got her pregnant. Here's CC's reasoning:

"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. [...] 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."

Even though there was a tie to the original "X-Files" run in that 2000 episode, no one was here for Scully being drugged and medically raped to get pregnant with an alien baby, with Mulder now not being a dad. Making it worse, the rest of the Season 11 premiere was also jam-packed with Scully in pain and distress. It was too much.

Fans now hate Chris Carter about as much as King Joffrey, or even Ramsay Bolton:

So now fans are still holding out hope that another twist is coming -- focusing on how "I Want to Believe" became "I Want to Lie" -- but this storyline happened, either way. We can't undo it. At least it got fans talking?

"The X-Files" continues next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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The X-Files
FOXTV14September 10, 1993
Based on 18 critics

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