For so many years, fans of The X-Files were chomping at the bit to get a taste of romantic feelings developing between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. One of the only memorable aspects of the film The X-Files: I Want to Believe was that they were living together and functioning as a couple who kiss and sleep in the same bed and stuff. But it looks like that hard-fought jubilation will get sliced in two for the upcoming revival series on Fox, as Mulder and Scully are no longer together. Does anybody have a blazer I can wipe my eyes on?

This somewhat surprising reveal came during Fox’s panel at the ongoing TCA press event, where audiences were treated to a new clip from the series that assumedly wasn’t shown specifically to make everyone feel like love is dead. (We already knew that, following the public break-up of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.) The scene is a predictably hectic one, and features the two beloved characters having an angst-ridden conversation that sadly doesn’t end in smooches and wine.

According to Zap2It, Scully shows up at Mulder’s house and gets on him about being out of communicative commission, at which point he starts on about how he’s finally figured it all out, actually saying “the truth is out there,” which I’m sure got a cheer from the crowd. Mulder says that Joel McHale’s TV newscaster Tad O’Malley is going to bring whatever that truth is to his show, and that’s when Scully dropped the truth bomb on everyone.
Mulder, listen to me – as your friend and as a physician, you are on dangerous ground here.

Not “as your friend and your physician and the person who agreed with you just yesterday that we will be together forever in a romantic way even if marriage isn’t really our thing.” That wouldn’t have been very good dialogue from Chris Carter, who’d previously stated that the pair’s relationship would be different here, but still.

In fact, the scene goes on to show that Mulder has another woman in his house! Though that’s not for love’s sake, either, as it’s Annet Mahendru’s Sveta, a victim of alien abduction, and Mulder says that she is “the key to everything.” The key to conspiracy-driven stuff, sure, but not to our hearts.

This is all more disappointing than finding out that we weren’t getting a ”Home” sequel after that had been rumored. Damn you, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, for teasing us with all that social media imagery that made it look like your characters would have a happy reunion. At least we still have a while to get accustomed to the fact that one of our favorite on-screen duos won’t be getting freaky beneath the UFO-filled sky, as The X-Files will return to Fox on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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