Just as X-Files fans (or “X-Philes,” as they prefer to be called) were starting to get used to the idea of the show returning to the airwaves, one of the series’ stars says she’s done. Gillian Anderson has reiterated her intention to leave the iconic show behind after the upcoming eleventh season.
Anderson originally made the announcement in October, so it’s not a massive surprise, but it’s still sad to know this could be the last time we’ll see Agent Scully onscreen.
In a new interview, Anderson confirmed her departure and expressed shock at how fans reacted to her original announcement.
“I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me,” she said. “I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement…because my understanding was that this was a single season.”
The original version of The X-Files aired for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, including two in which Anderson’s co-star, David Duchovny, made only fleeting appearances.
A theatrical film, The X-Files: Fight the Future, was released in 1998 and bridged the gap between the show’s fifth and sixth seasons.
After a poorly-received 2008 follow-up film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, FOX signed both stars for a limited event series revival.
The six-episode tenth season premiered two years ago in January 2016 and received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.
Nonetheless, it was a huge ratings success for the network and after months of negotiations, an eleventh season was announced in April 2017.
Responding to Anderson’s plans, X-Files creator Chris Carter said he would never want to continue without Scully and urged fans to watch closely to see if her character is given closure. The new ten-episode season of The X-Files premieres on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 8/7c on FOX.