Mulder and Scully live on! The couple sci-fi fans have continued to ship even after the show went off the air didn't just reunite — they shared a kiss in front of a live audience on Tuesday.
The steamy(ish) reunion was ignited when David Duchovny was performing at The Cutting Room in NYC to sing tracks from his new album, Hell or Highwater, which dropped that day. While the album has been met with lukewarm reception (The Week called it "mediocre dad-rock"), the reaction to his performance of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic jam "Helpless" was anything but tepid. Gillian Anderson joined Duchovny on stage as a duet partner, bopping along, and ultimately locking lips with her former co-star.
Soooo... does this mean that Duchovny and Anderson are actually an item? A real-life Mulder-Scully romance would certainly please the shippers (especially the ones who write all that fanfic!). But fictional chemistry and voracious fans aside, it wouldn't be outlandish to wager that they were dating. After all, both are single.
Duchovny's divorce from Téa Leoni was finalized in 2014 (they first separated in 2011), and Anderson, despite having been married twice before, told The Daily Telegraph (via The Daily Mail) she was ready to find her next main squeeze — and that she wanted it to be serious. "What I am sure about is that I want my next relationship to be 'The One,'" she said. Could she be talking about Duchovny?
Probably not. Despite their obvious chemistry, Anderson told HuffPost Live in 2014, "I think we know each other too well. I think we probably know each other better than we know our spouses at any time that we might have had spouses."
That said, she didn't deny the obvious sparks. In the same interview, she said, "There is an attraction ... There might even be more than an attraction, but it's not going to happen. And it's that frisson that has made it interesting in the series and continues to make it interesting."
And it should definitely be helpful when The X-Files returns on January 24, 2016, after what creator Chris Carter called "a commercial break" in a statement earlier this year. The show went off the air in 2002.
So even if the two aren't actually a thing in real life, fans can be satiated when Mulder and Scully pick up where they left off. And until then, they can watch the video of the two of them performing together and locking lips.