In case you haven’t heard, The X-Files is back for another revival season of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigating aliens, nefarious conspiracies, and new monsters of the week. The premiere episode aside, Chris Carter’s latest foray into the world he first created in 1993 has featured a healthy dose of unique (and Darin Morgan-heavy) entries. What’s more, as actor Mitch Pileggi told Uproxx at the 2017 New York Comic Con in October, FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner will finally be getting his due.
There was very little Pileggi could say about the episode at the time, but according to a more recent plot description FOX provided for “Kitten,” which airs February 7th, it involves Skinner “[going] AWOL when his past comes back to haunt him.” A short teaser also suggests it will dive into the character’s time in the military, which may include men seeing monsters and other sorts of horrors. Even so, when Pileggi spoke with us, he was more than happy to tease out a few details from the set of “Kitten” — as well as his finally getting the chance to work with the Morgan brothers while filming season 11.
How are you?
I’m good. Am I spilling any beans I shouldn’t be spilling yet?
Chris Carter said you were allowed to tell any secrets you wanted.
Oh, okay. Well then.
What’s been the biggest surprise about coming back to the world of The X-Files after a long hiatus?
It always feels like I’m coming back home. The scripts, they’re always a surprise. They’re always great. We used to describe them as getting Christmas presents. You open ’em up, like opening up a Christmas present, and finally get to see what they have in store for your character. You get to see what your storyline is. It’s always fun to come back and play with these characters, work with these actors, and work with Chris and everyone else at the show. It’s the gift that keeps giving. 25 years later, here we are.
Depending on what Skinner is or isn’t hiding from Mulder and Scully, he often makes The X-Files feel like a trio.
Well, he’s their support. He’s their champion, at least within the FBI. I think that they were looking for somebody to fill that role and, fortunately, I just happened to fall into it.