Earlier I got a tip from a dear friend on Facebook that he was doing a live chat at Reddit right that moment and could ask anything. Anything is broad, right? I found almost 300 questions or comments about The X-Files which is as it should be, really, but that wasn't what I was interested in at that moment.
Think about that for a second. Me, an XPhile of long standing, wasn't interested in hearing about it. You have all corrupted me and I hope you're proud of yourselves, fruit baskets are in the mail. No, I wanted to know about John Porter, specifically WHY it was necessary to kill the poor guy off. "I know Richard Armitage has been unavailable," I said (and you thought I couldn't do understatement). Mr. Spotnitz wrote back the following (yes, I have a screenshot but couldn't figure out how to make it fit. If you want to see it or can help me with formatting email me).
There was a big debate about whether to kill him, and in fact in the early drafts of the script we strongly hinted at the end of Episode 2 that he was still alive. But I think we ultimately realized there was no chance we'd get Richard back and that the story was more powerful if his character was in fact dead.
I did not ask if he'd do RA a solid to make up for the fact that he killed off Porter and cast him in Hunted because it didn't cross my mind and a large part of me was going, "OH MY GOD! Frank Spotnitz answered me! Eleventy!!!!" Sorry, gang, no scoop but there's at least an answer. And we all know that Porter is still alive and well in the land of the So Not Dead over in fedoralady's den.
In honor of my favorite hero Frank Spotnitz has offed, here's GizTheGunslinger's "No Place For No Hero" John Porter fan vid. If you had a chance what would you ask any writer who's done one of RA's characters wrong? Comments are open.