The X-Files (1993– )
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The Truth 

Mulder's return leads to him being tried for murder before a military tribunal where he seeks to prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy and justify the maintenance of the X-Files.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Robert Patrick ... John Doggett
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
Laurie Holden ... Marita Covarrubias
Matthew Glave ... Special Agent Kallenbrunner
Jeff Gulka ... Gibson Praise
Chris Owens ... Jeffrey Spender (as Chris Bradley Owens)
Steven Williams ... Mr. X
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly


Mulder's return leads to him being tried for murder before a military tribunal where he seeks to prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy and justify the maintenance of the X-Files.

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After 9 years, the truth is finally here...


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Release Date:

19 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lucy Lawless was originally slated to appear as Shannon McMahon. However, Lawless was experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and was unable to return to the show. See more »


Agent John Dogget is proud of his USMC background, as it is frequently mentioned during the show, he would not have called Knowle Rohrer a former Marine when calling the base, looking for his remains. It is instilled from day one of basic training "Once a Marine, always a Marine." See more »


[last lines]
Dana Scully: [Scully is lying on a motel bed, Mulder sits on the floor leaning against the bed, staring at the ceiling] What are you thinking?
[he doesn't answer]
Dana Scully: Mulder?
Fox Mulder: [speaks while continuing to look at the ceiling] I'm thinking... I'm a guilty man. I've failed in every respect. I deserve the harshest punishment for my crimes.
Dana Scully: You don't believe that.
Fox Mulder: [sighs] I believe... that I sat in a motel room like this with you when we first met... and I tried to convince you of the truth. And in that ...
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Crazy Credits

In the main title for the ninth season, a piece of paper flashes across the screen listing "FBI Contacts: Witnesses and Contributors." The names on the list are screen names of the series' on-line fans. For episodes #9.01-#9.11, the names were randomly picked from various X-Files message boards. For episodes #9.12-#9.19, the names came from contest entries. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the alternate series ending, "Toothpick Man" (Alan Dale) hands George W. Bush (Unknown actor) a note. Bush reads it and asks "What do you want me to do? I thought this was being handled. The truth is out there now." TM replies "The truth has always been out there Mr. President. The people just don't want to believe." TM leaves and W stares out at the Washington Monument quietly. This ending can be found on the Region 1 DVD in the special features section. See more »


Features The X-Files: Existence (2001) See more »


Maybe There is Hope
Written and Performed by Mark Snow
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This was a series finale?
5 January 2017 | by MysteryRidahSee all my reviews

It was exciting for a while, but some of the stuff made no sense. Why was Alex and X shown as ghosts? I like them, but it was pretty pointless for them to show up as ghosts. The thing that really bugged me is that after the little kid expose one of the guys as a super solider, nobody didn't take it serious. And what happen to him? The whole super solider story line IMO was cool, but it would of been cool if they were exposed more and killed more. And Joe and his partner just rides off and we never see them again lol. The only parts i enjoyed the most was with Scully and Mulder together. I think the series was kinda bad, i also didn't like the fact that David left , i think he should of stayed until the end of the series. Overall , an exciting episodes that went downhill pretty quick half part . 6/10 ratings. Love the series though, its the best TV series IMO next to Smallville.

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