We're so close to the end of Season 8, and "Alone" marks the end of another era. Scully heads out on maternity leave and Doggett wants to know when she'll be returning to the X-Files divison. We didn't know then that it would take another 15 years! We're also introduced to Agent Leyla Harrison, who was created in honor of the Phile and fanfic author Leyla, who died of cancer in 2001. Frank Spotnitz, who wrote and directed the episode, had been in contact with Leyla before her death and paid tribute to her with the character. Agent Harrison also gets to ask the question on behalf of all Philes....how the heck did they get back from Antarctica? She doesn't get an answer from Mulder and Scully, but XFN's own Roileigh Ollson and Jessa Schlitt may have figured it out here

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