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Gillian Anderson and a pair of chairs are here to get you excited about the X-Files revival

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Welcome to The X-Files in the age of Twitter. Take a seat.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson stepped back into their career-launching roles as Mulder and Scully yesterday, as Fox’s anticipated X-Files revival began filming in Vancouver. Leading up to their return, the cast and crew doled out a few teases online—Anderson’s hair is red again!—but this is a show that came of age before social media. What would they be allowed to share when the cameras started rolling?

Chairs, apparently.

As Duchovny tweeted puns about ham sandwiches (these two really are their characters), Anderson shared a snapshot from the set: two seats, side by side, labeled “Mulder” and “Scully.” Empty chairs have never been so romantic.

It wasn’t the first or last tweet about those chairs—executive producer Glen Morgan shared a view of them earlier in the day. After Anderson’s tweet, series creator Chris Carter got in on the action with a belated Instagram photo, shrouded in darkness. That seems appropriate.

Day 1. #thexfiles @thexfilesfox

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Earlier today, Duchovny tweeted his contribution, which included a glimpse at his script—and a shout-out to that never-ending darkness. Where are Mulder and Scully’s flashlights when they need them?

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