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Chris Carter Explains the Decision to Break Up Mulder and Scully

For a long time, fans of "The X-Files" wanted to believe in the potential romance between FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Then, wishes became reality and the two officially became a couple, and the last time we saw them in the 2008 film "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," their relationship remained intact despite some turbulence.

However, much has changed between then and the upcoming six-episode "X-Files" revival series as the couple are, well, no longer a couple. News of the split came out early in August but now series creator Chris Carter revealed the reasoning behind his decision.

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"We do it in an interesting way," Carter told The Hollywood Reporter. "We put some of the tension back in that was relieved by them being together. It added to the storytelling opportunities. It's something that I came up with; I had been thinking about it. There was always talk of [breaking them up] if we did another movie."

Premiering Jan. 24, the six-episode Fox revival also stars along with Duchovny and Anderson "X-Files" franchise veteran Mitch Pileggi and newcomer Joel McHale. Carter is joined behind the scenes by writers/producers Glen Morgan and James Wong.

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