‘The X-Files’: What You Need to Know Before the Premiere

TheWrap helps you catch up on the fates of your favorite characters from the Fox series ahead of Sunday’s new episode

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you are not caught up on “The X-Files.” But really, what have you been doing for the last 13 years if you haven’t seen the series finale by now?)

“The X-Files” returns to TV after more than a decade, and with it will come the trademark complex conspiracy storylines the series was famous for portraying.

In preparation, TheWrap conspired to look back at the fates of our favorite characters from the series. How did Mulder manage to escape the government agents hunting him? Did The Smoking Man ever kick the habit?

Read below for a quick catch up on major “X-Files” characters.

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny)
FBI Agent Fox Mulder found himself a fugitive on the run after his investigation into a planned alien invasion of Earth saw him end up on the wrong side of a military tribunal. He was sentenced to death, but escaped with the help of Scully, Skinner, and Agents Doggett and Reyes.

In the second “X-Files” movie, Mulder is pardoned for his crimes after helping the FBI investigate the mysterious disappearances of several women.

Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson)
FBI Agent and Dr. Dana Scully was forced to put her skepticism aside when the government planned to execute Mulder for his investigation into the alien invasion. After helping Mulder escape, she took up work at a hospital while he was in hiding.

Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi)
FBI Deputy Director Walter Skinner often found himself at odds with Mulder’s investigative practices and his loyalty to his position. But Skinner proved himself an ally to Mulder and Scully over the years.

The Smoking Man (William B. Davis)
The Smoking Man, a shadowy, chain-smoking government agent frequently stymied Mulder and Scully’s investigations into the X-Files. He eventually revealed to the pair the date of the alien invasion, and was seemingly killed in a government airstrike.

However, promotional materials for the show have hinted at his return.

“The X-Files” six-episode event series kicks off with its two-night premiere Sunday on Fox.