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Fan Theories About The X-Files 

Jacob Shelton
Updated July 5, 2019 522 votes 129 voters 4.3k views 13 items

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In the current era of deep state conspiracy theories and legitimate flying saucers, The X-Files has never felt more relevant. The show’s cool demeanor and dedication to wrapping lies within the truth have inspired fan theories since it first premiered in 1993. Not every X-Files fan theory is a coherent explanation for some of the show’s biggest mysteries, but the following examples offer some earth-shattering insights into your favorite episodes (though not the ones that never made it to air).

Some of these theories even delve into the thought process behind the show's more controversial decisions over its two-decade history. So, for the spoiler-phobic, you'll want to read this list with your hands over your eyes.

Scully Is Immortal
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In the Emmy Award-winning Season 3 episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," Scully asks Clyde Bruckman, the psychic who knows how everyone is going to die, how she will pass away. "You don't," he responds. The episode's writer, Darin Morgan, claims that the line was written as a joke, but over the years, clues have popped up that hinted towards Scully's immortality. 

In the Season 6 episode "Tithonus," Scully is instructed by the 149-year-old photographer Fellig to "look away" when the grim reaper comes for her. She does exactly that when they're both shot and she ends up living. A few episodes later, in "Monday," time keeps resetting itself because Scully is inside a bank that detonates. Some members of the fandom believe that time has to reset because Dana Scully is immortal, and even time doesn't want to live in a world without Scully. 

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Scully's Child Still Has Alien Abilities
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In Season 9, it's revealed that Scully's son, William, has super abilities due to his alien DNA. In the episode "William," the baby is injected with a magnetite in order to remove his telekinetic genes. However, Redditor /u/susliks doesn't believe this is actually the case. They believe that rather than remove William's powers, the magnetite just masks the genes. This means that William isn't as safe as Scully thinks he is. 

They wrote: "If the DNA itself is still there, that would mean this treatment can be potentially reversed. I think that is what Jeffrey meant when he said they would never leave him alone – they will experiment on him to try to make the alien DNA active again." Only time will tell. 

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The Smoking Man Is Using Alien Tech To Stay Healthy
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By all accounts, the Smoking Man should be six feet under. The guy smokes Morleys non-stop and he is blasted by a rocket in Season 9. How is he still alive?

Redditor /u/AnaBastow believes that his longevity has something to do with a piece of alien tech. In the episode "Provenance/Providence," the audience learns of an "alien artifact" that heals people completely as long as they're in contact with it. The Redditor's theory posits that when SM was shot with a rocket, he was holding the artifact in his lap. Either that, they speculate, or the artifact has been surgically implanted in CSM's body, possibly in his tracheal tube. 


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Scully Becomes Immortal In The First Film
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Many fan theories revolve around the concept of Scully's immortality. Has she always been immortal? Did she gain the power in Season 6? Reddit user /u/ KANNABULL believes they have the answer. In X-Files: Fight The Future, Scully is stung by a bee and injected with the alien virus that turns humans into hosts for super-aggressive alien babies. Luckily, Mulder is given a "weak vaccine" for the virus and injects Scully with it. 

The Redditor theorizes that the vaccine didn't wipe out the virus "but only forced it into dormancy while still retaining all of the qualities that a hybrid would possess. Essentially becoming a symbioses rather than a parasitic virus..." Essentially, /u/KANNABULL is saying that Scully's DNA now has a symbiotic relationship with the alien virus, in which it rewrites her DNA to keep her alive no matter what. 

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