As the third season begins, Mulder is missing and assumed to have died in the New Mexico desert. When the agents are reunited they are forced to run from forces within the government who wish to silence them permanently and who may also be responsible for deaths in both their families. The conspiracies only deepen as the agents encounter a group of women who claim to have been abducted, an alien with miraculous healing powers and Alex Krycek. By its third season, The X-Files had become one of the most-watched shows on British TV and attracted a huge following around the world. Fans everywhere were getting together to exchange conspiracy theories of their own.