The actor, who is set to return as FBI agent Fox Mulder alongside agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), told Letterman that both Mitch Pileggi, who played FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, and William B. Davis, the 77-year-old actor who played the Cigarette-Smoking Man, “will be coming back.”
The question fans of the series that ran for 9 seasons are probably asking themselves right now is, “How?”
Skinner was still alive and kicking by the series finale that aired in 2002, but the Smoking Man was killed by a rocket blast from a helicopter shortly after Mulder and Scully find him hiding in the New Mexico desert.
A Fox spokesman told TheWrap “no details for ‘The X-Files’ are official” outside of those included in the episode order announcement, but series creator Chris Carter may have addressed this question years ago when he once told the actor who played deceased character Deep Throat that “no one ever really dies on ‘X-Files.'”
Apparently, “The X-Files” never really dies, either.