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Carter plays mind games

Friday, February 05, 1999

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

PASADENA, CALIF. - The truth is ... oh, nevermind.

Maybe there is no truth. Maybe "The X-Files" is just creator Chris Carter laughing at us.

Millions will continue to watch anyway, even after the next two weeks when "a lot of stuff is explained," Carter promises. "That doesn't necessarily mean that everything's wrapped up and finished. In fact, there's a lot to do."

Carter said these episodes are part of a move to get to the ultimate answer of what happened to FBI agent Fox Mulder's sister, who was abducted when they were both children.

That answer will wait for another time. The Cigarette Smoking Man and his relatives are a greater focus this time out.

"Cigarette Smoking Man is all but stripped of mystery," Carter said. "That's going to be interesting for him to be so exposed in the series."

Carter called the two-parter a "big, familial story" dealing with CSM, Agent Spender, Mulder and Mulder's deceased father, Bill.

"Because so much is going to be explained, you might wonder where we're going to go," Carter said. "I look forward to dealing with a whole new set of problems. When you see the conspiracy exploded, you're going to see lots of characters who were out there working as free agents that might create strange bedfellows."

So we'll get more answers, Chris?

"Every time we give you an answer, we also ask a question," Carter said. "I think you can look for more of that."

That's what I thought: The truth is a muddle.

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