March 22nd, 2018 by Gillian Anderson Online

David Duchovny promised ‘the cliffiest of all hangers’ for Gillian Anderson’s last ever showing as FBI agent Dana Scully on The X-Files.

The season finale that aired Wednesday on Fox truly lived up to his promise with a barrage of unexpected twists in the final moments.

The dramatic episode, which Anderson has long insisted is her last on the show that made her famous, concentrated on her agent Scully and partner Fox Mulder desperately chasing after their son William who was being hunted for his alien-born special powers.

Scully finally caught up with him in an abandoned waterfront factory, only for William to transform into an exact lookalike of Mulder, trying to trick her off the chase by telling her: ‘I’m asking you to let him go. We can’t protect him, no one can. He knows that you love him.’

It was only when the real Mulder – who had no idea that William was not actually his son – caught up with them that she realized what had happened, at which point William had managed to once more flee.


As they gave chase, he was confronted outside by his real father, Cigarette Smoking Man, who was also convinced William was actually agent Mulder.

‘You shoot your own firstborn son?’ William-as-Mulder asked him, somehow aware he was Mulder’s father, too.


‘Shot my second born son once,’ Cigarette Smoking Man told him, adding: ‘I need you to know Fox, when I gave you life I never fathomed a moment would come when I would need to end it.’

Still thinking it was Mulder, he then shot William in the middle of his forehead, leaving him to slowly fall back into the water, his body floating away.

The real Mulder then came out, shouted ‘Hey!’ and shot Cigarette Smoking Man several times, angrily pushing him back to join William in the water.


Scully came out seconds later, and quickly tried to reassure Mulder that William ‘wanted us to let him go,’ insisting: ‘He wasn’t meant to be.’

When Mulder insisted he ‘was our son,’ Scully told him: ‘No. William was an experiment, Mulder. He was an idea, born in a laboratory.’

When he insisted she was ‘his mother,’ she insisted: ‘No. I carried him. I bore him. But I was never a mother to him, I wasn’t.

 ‘William wasn’t…. He wasn’t,’ she said sadly, with Mulder nodding and getting tearful as he seemed to accept he was not his son after all.

Finally, he pleaded: ‘For so long I believed… what am I now if I’m not a father?’

‘You are a father,’ Scully told him, gently taking his hand and guiding it to her presumably-pregnant belly.

‘That’s impossible!’ he insisted, with her sobbing: ‘I know … It’s more than impossible.’

With the surprise pregnancy, the camera slowly panned away with them hugging — before William was seen lifting his head out of the water, clearly alive and well.

Doubts about the show’s future also were raised when Assistant Director of the FBI Alvin Kersh ordered Scully and Mulder’s boss Walter Skinner: ‘I’m closing the X-Files. I want Mulder and Scully’s badges.’


The show started with William explaining his unusual background, saying he was raised as Jackson Van De Kamp but was named William by his birth mother, Dana Scully.

‘I’ve never really met her properly but I can feel her in these violent episodes in which I can feel us connected to the future in ways that I’m just beginning to understand,’ he said.

He admitted having visions of the future, calling it ‘a world of confusion and pain and loneliness that I can’t escape or prevent. But I want no part in the suffering it brings.’

A young Jackson was shown having flashbacks to how he discovered his special powers, using them to beat down school bullies and ultimately become ‘kind of a criminal’ as he used his powers to cause bad events including a car crash.

He said his bad behavior ended when a ‘man from the government’ came to see him, adding: ‘Every day there was this car in the street with these guys watching our house.’

Insisting he was ‘smart’ and ‘didn’t make mistakes,’ that ended with a ‘silly joke’ where he turned into an alien to terrify two girls.


‘My whole world came crashing down,’ he said, adding of the couple who adopted him: ‘My parents were killed by those men. And they’re hunting me now.’

Mulder was seen desperately chasing him, constantly missing him by seconds, from a store where he rigged the Lottery to win, a trucker he hitched a ride with, and even a girlfriend he begged to join him in a joint suicide.

‘You’ve seen what I can do — they want me for that,’ William told her. ‘They want to catch me and put me in a cage and keep me in a laboratory my entire life.’

Saying he could ‘die’ to end it, he begged her: ‘Come with me? I’m so sick of being alone….’

Mulder finally found him at a hotel, telling him as he peered through the window: ‘My name is Mulder. I’m your father.

‘I know it must seem strange to you, but I’ve been looking for you forever,’ the agent told him once inside.

But William insisted no one could help him, saying: ‘I’ve seen the future — I have visions, I know what happens. I don’t want to live in that world.’

When Mulder said he would stop it, William insisted: ‘You can’t — because you die too.’

‘I know you think you’re helping me, but you’re helping them — you’re just hoping them find me,’ William complained.

At the exact moment, the agents hunting him burst through the door, with William raising his hands in peace, but using his powers to make each one explode in turn in the goriest scenes of the episode.


Despite his orders to turn them in, Skinner helped Scully catch up with Mulder and William after insisting her son would listen only to her.

On the way, Skinner finally told Scully about the Cigarette Smoking Man and William, saying: ‘There’s something you need to know. Something you may not want to here. It’s about your son, and who his father is.’

At the abandoned warehouse, as Scully raced in, Skinner saw a black car and after walking toward it with his hands up drew his gun to fire at the last second.

Cigarette Smoking Man switched the car into drive and pressed down on the gas, killing Skinner who failed to shoot him in the process, and setting up the final showdown.

The X-Files first premiered on September 10, 1993 on Fox.


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