The X-Files (1993–2018)
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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




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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The series finale featured the most cast members in the opening credits sequence: David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), Robert Patrick (John Doggett), Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), and Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner), a total of 5. 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 »


Monica Reyes: What is the point of all of this? To destroy a man who seeks the truth or to destroy the truth so no man can seek it? Either way, you lose.
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Crazy Credits

This episode marks the return of David Duchovny to the main cast, and also credits Mitch Pilleggi in the opening titles. Five people are credited in the main credits: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish and Mitch Pilleggi. 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 »


References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Maybe There is Hope
Written and Performed by Mark Snow
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x-files "the truth"
19 June 2008 | by indridcold1313See all my reviews

you cant have the truth because we don't know the see pretty much every plot line used on the x-files is taken from real stories from ufology and the paranormal and since we do not know what ufo's are or what ghosts are or whether the government is covering anything up in real life the writers cant really give us the "truth" the entire series was nothing but a string of theories taken from the works of charles fort,john a. keel,gray barker etc, and therefore if you are an avid reader of all things paranormal then you will know that this ending is the ONLY ending we could have gotten...and besides the new movie is coming out next month so stop being a whiny little know it all fan boy,go to the *gasp* book store and pick up some books by the authors i mentioned above and take what you read into consideration when you watch the show from now on and when you watch the new movie (of which im sure you oh mistreated and zit faced fanboy underdog will obviously not like such is your nature to hate everything)

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19 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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