The X-Files Season 11

X-Files' Joel McHale Previews Finale: Mulder's Fears 'Might Be Coming True'

You couldn’t tell from his performance, but when Tad O’Malley showed Mulder into the UFO hangar in The X-Files revival’s premiere, Joel McHale was geeking out in the extreme.

McHale vaguely alluded to his fanboy moment when we spoke with him in advance of the premiere — and when we caught up with him before tonight’s finale (Fox, 8/7c), we asked him to elaborate.

“That spaceship was as big as an actual plane, and that thing lifted off the ground,” the former Soup host said. “It was there. Our hands were on that thing.”

McHale’s conspiracy-happy character — who disappeared at the end of his debut episode — returns for the final installment. So we asked the Community alum to tell us what he could (the Men in Black be damned!) about what to expect from the revival’s finale. But before that, we had to hear more about that spaceship.

 TVLINE | The craft looked so good, I figured it was CGI.
Nope. I figure they must’ve spent more on that than an entire episode of Community. It was so cool and I was like, “This is what I imagined it would be like to be on The X-Files.” I was walking in David Duchovny with a bag over his head and I’m like, “Mulder, check it out.” I was like, what the f—k? This is amazing. I would’ve done this show for free.

TVLINE | And Tad lives! He returns in the finale. What can you tell me about the circumstances that bring him back into the action.
He’s brought back into the action because I was written in, thank god, but moreso because all hell is breaking loose.

TVLINE | There’s an illness that’s striking people all over the country.
Yeah, that’s why I’m back. A lot of things we talked about in the first episode might be coming true.

TVLINE | Will we find out why Tad went missing at the end of the premiere?
You will.

TVLINE | Along those lines, any possibility that Sveta survived that blast to her car?
Do you think you could survive that?

TVLINE | I wouldn’t have thought that Cancerman could survive the original series, but there he is.
Look, I’m not going to say anything.

TVLINE | Tad was very interested in Scully in the premiere, and she was interested back. Does that continue here?
Yeah. Intense sex scene. Really intense, yeah.

TVLINE | I’m serious!
As I said before, all hell’s breaking loose. There’s not a lot of time for hanky-panky.