The X-Files (1993–2018)
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My Struggle IV 

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Mulder and Scully rush to find an on-the-run William while the Cigarette Smoking Man pushes forward with his ultimate plan.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Barbara Hershey ... Erika Price
Joel McHale ... Tad O'Malley
Annabeth Gish ... Monica Reyes
Miles Robbins ... Jackson Van De Kamp / William
Madeleine Arthur ... Sarah Turner
Sarah Jeffery ... Brianna Stapleton
Ben Cotton ... Mr. Paulsen
Zak Santiago ... Mr. Green
A.C. Peterson ... Mr. Y
James Pickens Jr. ... Alvin Kersh
William B. Davis ... Cigarette Smoking Man
West Duchovny ... Maddy


Mulder and Scully rush to find an on-the-run William while the Cigarette Smoking Man pushes forward with his ultimate plan.

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Release Date:

21 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


It was revealed in "My Struggle III" , and recapped in this episode, that the Cigarette Smoking Man is William's real father. This was a matter of speculation in previous seasons of the show for fans. If I'm fact the CSM is William's father, then that would make Fox Mulder his half brother. It was revealed in previous seasons that the CSM has a child named Jeffrey Spender by his wife, and that he had an affair with Fox Mulder's mother, resulting in Fox being his son also. In season 9 episode 16 titled "William" Jeffrey Spender is unrecognizable and thought to be Fox Mulder by Scully, when she performed a DNA test on him and it matched Mulder's DNA this proved that he and Spender shared the same father. Mulder, Spender, and now William have all had a hatred for their father and have all battled him throughout the show's history. See more »


Mulder is supposed to be following the hitch-hiking William in the semi truck on Interstate 81, a four-lane divided highway. However, the road depicted is a two-lane country highway with yellow divider marks in the middle. See more »


Fox Mulder: You'd shoot your firstborn son?
Cigarette Smoking Man: Shot my second-born son once. But I need you to know, Fox, when I gave you life, I never fathomed the moment would come when I would need to end it.
Fox Mulder: I don't think you can do it.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Then you don't know me very well.
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Loved it
4 June 2019 | by tylerfarmer-25136See all my reviews

I'm sad that this show probably won't come back after this season. Good ending my opinion

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