It’s the news that had X-Philes both cheering for joy, while simultaneously scratching their heads. What we have long been hoping for, but couldn’t possibly fathom how it could come about, has come true. Yes, the Lone Gunmen are returning for The X-Files revival. And they’ll be coming quite a way… returning from the dead.
Fan favourites Frohike (Tom Braidwood), Langly (Dean Haglund), and Byers (Bruce Harwood) were the lovable nerds that assisted Mulder and Scully with their investigations into the paranormal. Even more anti-establishment, socially awkward, and paranoid than Mulder, their quirks only endeared them to us more. Haglund took to Twitter earlier to confirm the news:
yep, it’s true. https://t.co/w718E0y6i8
— DEAN HAGLUND (@dhaglund) July 22, 2015
Having appeared in their own short-lived 2001 spin off series, as well as continuing to guest star on The X-Files, the computer-hacking conspiracy geeks met their maker in the final season episode, “Jump the Shark”. However, they made a beyond the grave appearance in the season finale, “The Truth,” in which they try to convince Mulder to give up his pursuit of the truth and to attempt to save his life by making a run for it.
So just how are the Lone Gunmen going to make an appearance in the revival? Will we get another beyond the grave scene, or perhaps a flashback? Or were they ever truly dead? You have to wonder what some of the revival’s storylines will revolve around, as these three are not the only deceased members of the X-Files family signed on for more. William B. Davis, aka Cigarette Smoking Man, who is one of the hardest blokes in the history of TV to actually kill, was last presumed dead in the series finale having the cave he was hiding in blown to smithereens by a couple of black helicopters.
The news of the trio returning comes hot on the heels of the announcement that The Flash‘s Robbie Amell and Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose will also guest star in one episode.
The X-Files returns to FOX on January 24. Make sure you tune into the season finale of Wayward Pines this Thursday (FOX, 9/8c) for all new footage from the revival.
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