Scully is immortal

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Scully is immortal is a fan theory in the X-Files fandom which is canonically it's been heavily implied/can be considered canon.


In the season three episode, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", penned by fan fave Darin Morgan, the guest character Clyde Bruckman has the ability to see exactly how people are going to die. Scully asks him how she will die and receives the answer that she won't.

In the season six episode Tithonus (written by Vince Gilligan) Scully investigates the case of a crime scene photographer Albert Fellig who not only is always the first person after to happen to be present after someone died, he also tricked death when he looked away when he came to claim his soul during the outbreak of the Spanish flu in 1914. After both Fellig and Scully are shot by a freak accident by Scullys rookie temporary partner, Fellig asks Scully to look away when she see death approaching. She does and not only survives her abdominal gun shot wound but recovers remarkable fast according to her doctors.

In season 10 episode which once more was written by Darin Morgan, Scully approaches the episode's UNSUB by her own without backup. After Mulder admonishes her, she reminds her, that she is immortal (so she wouldn't have to fear anything bad happen to her). In season 11 episode Nothing Last Forever she not only survives a four story fall from a waste chute, she is also already miraculous pregnant with MSR baby 2 which survives the fall as well.

According to Darin Morgan, it was never his intention that people take his joke seriously:

In "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," Clyde tells Scully she doesn't die -- which some fans have taken to be a very literal predication. What do you think of the debate that Scully might be immortal, which still rages on 20 years later?

I didn't expect it, because I didn't intend it to be taken as serious. I just think it's ridiculous [to be serious]. (Laughs.) But then you go, it's the nature of the show -- people are looking more into it than you intended because it is a supernatural show … I didn't mean for it to be taken so literal. What can you do? People are going to take it however they take it. (...) It's not so much the interpretations are wrong. It's more that I find them interesting. As opposed to the immortal line, which I just think is silly.

Inside One of 'The X-Files' Most Important Episodes Ever on its 20th Anniversary by Marisa Roffman, October 13, 2015

The show's creator, Chris Carter affirmed the theory in a reddit AMA in 2014.[1]

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  1. I am Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, Millennium, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm, and The After. AMA!