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Cult Spy Icon # 2: Deep Throat - 'The X Files'

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Cult Spy Icon # 2: Deep Throat - 'The X Files'
Like last week’s Cult Spy Icon George Mason, this week’s celebrated character also gave his life for the good of the cause. What on earth this cause was is anyone’s guess, for we’re hitting cryptic X-Files territory here...

First discreetly appearing out of the shadows in the second ever X Files episode, Deep Throat contacted young FBI Agent Fox Mulder to help steer him on the right track when it came to finding the truth. Well, in theory at least. For our Icon was a disillusioned member of 'The Syndicate' - a shady, top secret governmental organisation involved in lots of mysterious goings-on.

His motivation for contacting 'Spooky' Mulder was to ensure that the public were exposed to certain truths that would otherwise be hidden from them. This fitted in nicely with Mulder's personal crusade and investigation to uncover the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth.

Harking back to the methods of the real-life 'Deep Throat' mole from the Watergate scandal - 'Spooky' Mulder sent out an SOS to his ally by shining a light from his apartment window. Soon, the young gun would receive a signal for a meeting where some cryptic hint would be passed on. It served to push Mulder tantalisingly closer to the truth without ever fully uncovering it.

"They're here aren't they?" Mulder once asked him about the presence of aliens on Earth. "Agent Mulder," came the response, "they've been here for a long, long time."

Looking at the seasoned old man with the false name is enough to tell you that he has seen many extraordinary sights during his lifetime. His countenance exuded calmness, compassion and a sense of sorrow - so unlike the other inner lair governmental figures we later encounter, including his effective replacement - 'Mr X'. It later emerged that Deep Throat was carrying the burden of guilt for killing a non-hostile alien many years ago in order to protect the truth from emerging.

But how much credence can we put in the tales that Deep Throat recounted? We certainly know he directly gave false information to Mulder on at least one occasion, when he supplied him with fake photographs to put him off the trail of a live alien that was supposedly being held in a base. When confronted, Deep Throat claimed that the public simply weren't ready for such a revelation.

However, the argument that he was conning Mulder is strongly dented by the fact he was callously slain by his own bosses after bailing his protege out of trouble towards the end of the first season. Fittingly, his last words were "trust no one."

Death did not spell the end of Deep Throat’s screen time on the show. He appeared in sporadic flashback and dream sequences in later seasons, but this served to remind us how much we missed both the character – and the top quality of the first season.

Deep Throat making the prestigious Cult Spy Icon list wouldn’t have been possible without the man behind the mole - actor Jerry Hardin. His character may only have been a semi-regular for one season - arguably the show's peak - but he left an indelible mark on the absorbing world of alien conspiracy theories. That's the truth all right. And it's definitely out there.
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