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“The X-Files”: Cigarette-Smoking Man and Walter Skinner Return!

Cigarette-Smoking Man

I want to believe.

“The X-Files” is returning to television for a short-stack order of 6-episodes. It’s official.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully, respectively. That’s official.

Now, it’s confirmed that both the infamous Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) will return to the FOX series.

Duchovny appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” where he revealed both are back for another round of sci-fi horror.

“There’s Gillian and I, we’re original. Mitch Pileggi will come back, and the cigarette-smoking man — if that means anything to anyone — will be coming back.”

“The X-Files” went on for nine season and was expanded into two feature films, as well as an ongoing comic series.



  • huntermc

    Didn’t the cigarette smoking man get blown up with a rocket launcher in the final episode? Sorry if my memory is a bit fuzzy – I haven’t seen the episode since it aired on TV.

    I always thought that the way they should have wrapped it up is if they brought back Deep Throat and he revealed that he wasn’t killed at the end of season 1, but instead was the mastermind who had been orchestrating it all from behind the scenes the entire time.

    • Richter Belmont

      Yeah, he was killed by a missile strike. They’ll either go with it being a clone that was killed, or the CSM character continues on as a clone. Or, he only shows up in flashback or as a ghost like what they did with The Lone Gunmen.

    • Bouncy X

      yup they even made it a point to show him burned down to his skeleton before blowing up, so it was meant to be final it seems. so while i love the character and would be cool to see him again… he better not have “somehow survived” that last encounter. that would be pushing it even for this show. as for using him in flashbacks or a ghost or whatnot, he’s aged considerably since 2003, it would look off trying to pass him off as the same.
      though i guess there’s always makeup and/or the de-aging vfx some use.

  • concerned citizen

    I guess terminal lung cancer doesn’t mean what it did in the 90s

    • brodkil

      Yes, but I like to think getting impaled and blow’d up by a rocket strike is still lethal.

      • bdwolfe312

        …you guys are forgetting that he was shot in the chest point blank and thrown down a flight of stairs, all while suffering from terminal lung cancer prior to either of the aforementioned posts. How many times can that dude be resurrected? Who’s next? Lone Gunmen?

        • LeandroPontes

          Well, the Lone Gunmen didn’t die. They are residing in a bunker below their graves, are they not?

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