The X-Files (1993–2018)
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The End 

A government assassin is caught trying to kill child chess prodigy Gibson Praise during an international chess tournament. Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley arrives to help on the case but Scully is suspicious of her.


R.W. Goodwin


Chris Carter (created by), Chris Carter




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
William B. Davis ... Smoking Man
Mimi Rogers ... Agent Diana Fowley
Jeff Gulka ... Gibson Andrew Praise
Martin Ferrero ... Shooter
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Black-Haired Man
Chris Owens ... FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
George Murdock ... 2nd Elder
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Don S. Williams ... 1st Elder


Agent Jeffrey Spender is put in charge of a case of an international chess master who was felled by an assassin's bullet during a tournament. Mulder believes that the target was actually the man's opponent, a 12 year-old chess prodigy by the name of Gibson Andrew Praise. Mulder soon realizes that the boy's skill isn't so much at chess as it is to read the thoughts of others. The boy is under protective custody but the conspirators have brought in someone whose sole task is to get his hands on the boy: the Cigarette Smoking Man. Testing shows that Gibson uses part of his brain that doctors know little about. For Scully, it may be the link they need to firmly establish the alien conspiracy theory. Mulder's pursuit of the case comes at a very high cost however. Written by garykmcd

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Gibson is seen watching The Simpsons (1989) and King of the Hill (1997), which aired on the Fox Network along with "The X-Files", and Silver Surfer (1998), which aired on Fox Kids. He makes several remarks about how good the shows are and how he wishes he could watch them at home. When Mulder mentions Baywatch (1989) to the boy, he voices his dislike for the show, which was broadcast on NBC, a Fox competitor. See more »


The mountains identified as the Laurentian mountains in Québec were the pointy Rockies of BC. See more »


Gibson Andrew Praise: I don't mind it here. They get all the good TV shows. Where I live in the Philippines all we get is Baywatch.
Fox Mulder: What's wrong with Baywatch?
Gibson Andrew Praise: ...You've got a dirty mind.
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The final conclusion of the fifth season the best of The X-Files satisfying ending

The X-Files after this episode Season 5 continues in a movie The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) which I love to death. The End was filming in Vancouver, British Columbia before the show moved to Los Angeles, California filming the sixth season. This was the last episode filmed in Vancouver until the show's tenth season. The End I have enjoyed a lot it is my sixth favorite episode. I love "The End" to death. We got William B. Davis as The Smoking Man, Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea) and Well-Manicured Man (John Neville) returning with their characters. Beautiful view of the city Vancouver. We have a new characters Gibson Praise played by Jeff Gulka and Diana Fowley played by Mimi Rogers. The Lone Gunmen also returns.

I wouldn't call this episode as one of the greatest Mythology but still a damn good one worth of watch. The X-Files office being set on fire by The Smoking Man in here. You have Jeffrey Spender (Chris Owens) who becomes Mulder's nemesis and he works with Cigarette Smoking man against Mulder. William B. Davis returned with his character after he was shot in Redux II. Mimi Rogers is in here ex wife of Tom Cruise and she is so gorgeous and beautiful. Love the storyline, the acting from everyone. I absolutely did enjoy this episode. David Duchovny's best performence as Fox Mulder. F.B.I. shut's down The X-Files and I love how Scully (Gillian Anderson) was jealous but she also stand by Mulder's toughest times.

I love The X-Files I am huge fan of the series first five seasons are my favorite. I would say it Season 5 is my favorite number 1 Season, the first one would be my second favorite season. "The End" marks the conclusion of the run that Carter had originally planned for the show. After all, The X-Files had crossed the hundred episode mark earlier in the year. Five wonderful years were filmed in Vancouver. Gibson Praise becomes a recurring part of the show's mythology, Diana Fowley is perhaps the most controversial and divisive addition that The End makes to the larger mythology of The X-Files. Introduced as a potential romantic interest for Mulder, Chris Carter conceded on the DVD that the addition of Mimi Rogers had been proposed by David Duchovny. R. W. Goodwin directed perfectly this episode it was his last X-File episode he directed.

What can I say from an X-Files fan like me? I love "The End" episode. Gillian Anderson's performence was excellent I absolutely love her in here. I have enjoyed all 20 Episodes I review them all which are my favorite and which aren't my favorite. The X-Files the first five seasons are great I recommend them to anyone. The X-Files to me is the best show ever and it is my favorite.

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17 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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