Chris Carter’s popular sci-fi show has seen its fair share of fan theories that are beyond imagination. Fans kicked their imagination up a notch when they theorised that Special Agent Dana Scully on ‘The X-Files’ is immortal. Truth or myth? Let’s find out!
The Chris Carter sci-fi series, ‘The X-Files’, has been able to garner quite a tribe of fans who have been obsessed with every detail of the show. So, when FBI Special Agent Dana Scully seemed to go untouched by death, ‘The X-Files’ fans went nuts with crazy theories. One theory suggested Scully as an immortal and we are here to test its validity. What’s convincing is that ‘The X-Files’ creative team did not seem too eager to dismiss the proposition entirely.
- What’s the logic behind Dana Scully’s immortality?
- Fans are backing the immortality theory
- Writer Darin Morgan weighs in on the theory
What’s the logic behind Dana Scully’s immortality?
‘The X-Files’ has not gone easy on Special Agent Dana Scully. All the while through the show’s run, Scully had fallen upon some of the most bizarre, traumatic, and life-changing events. Introduced as Special Agent Fox Mulder’s partner since the pilot, Scully had found herself surviving harmful situations more than once. However, one episode changed the way people viewed Scully’s vulnerability in difficult situations. Episode 4 “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” of season 3, made way for the assumption that Scully may, after all, be immortal!
As per the episode, when Scully enquired about the future manner of her death to a psychic, Clyde Bruckman, he replied with crisp and clear, “You won’t”. That moment from the episode was what framed the assumptions of the fans about Dana Scully’s immortality. The statement, although sounded relatively situational then, gradually paced towards being a more plausible scenario. Episode 10 “Tithonus” from season 6, is the first of many events that pointed towards the possibility of Scully’s immortality. The episode follows Scully who has been conveniently informed by Fellig, an immortal man, aged 149 years, that he would continue to live forever because he looked away when approached by the grim reaper. As you might have guessed by now, Scully too turns her head away when death comes to her. If Fellig is right, then by the same logic and action, Scully should be immortal too.
Moreover, in the 14th episode “Monday” of the same season, Sully finds herself going about in a loop that has her day restarted every time she dies. According to the theory, the loop in which Scully is stuck must exist only because of her immortality. Since Scully’s death is impossible, the timeline resets every time with her death.
Fans are backing the immortality theory
Like always, fans are swaying both ways when it comes to choosing sides. While one group of fans refuse to be blinded by fan-theories, the other group has put all their money in supporting the notion of Scully’s immortality. However, the fan theories that suggest Dana Scully to be immortal have their grounds based on ‘The X-Files’ episodes themselves. We’ll be honest with you, it’s hard to dismiss the possibility.
A fan wrote, A fan even went on to compare Scully with ‘Deadpool’ wondering how she would have handled a targeted missile header. The fan said, “As for the missile question, the damage would happen, she would just have to heal from it …. Somehow. She healed super fast from that bullet, and the shutter-bug got stabbed like 10 times, and the wounds were all closed up and scarring over the next day. She’d probably have Deadpool style healing …”
Writer Darin Morgan weighs in on the theory
Although creator Chris Carter had fuelled the debate on the immortality of Dana Scully in “The X-Files”, writer Darin Morgan seemed to think otherwise. In an interview with “The Hollywood Reporter”, Morgan called the theory ridiculous when asked about his opinion on the same. Morgan not only found the immortality bit about Scully silly but also clarified that it had never been his intention. Clyde Bruckman’s statement was a just a passing one and was intended to be not taken seriously, and most definitely not literally.
He said, “I didn’t expect it, because I didn’t intend it to be taken as serious. I just think it’s ridiculous [to be serious]. (Laughs.) But then you go, it’s the nature of the show — people are looking more into it than you intended because it is a supernatural show … I didn’t mean for it to be taken so literal. What can you do? People are going to take it however they take it”.
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