Gillian Anderson may be one of the most important pieces in The X-Files to ensure it’s a success, but the leading star of the show says that the upcoming eleventh season of sci-fi series will be her last.
Speaking with a number of media outlets, the actress was asked if she was open to continuing the show after season 11, to which she replied: “No, no, I think this will be it for me.”
Then asked to open up about why she returned for what would be her final season, she said: “Because it felt like it wasn’t over. It didn’t feel like we necessarily deliver everything the fans were expecting of us last time, and so it was that.”
Anderson plays Dana Scully in the show, alongside David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, and the pair have often been heralded as two of the most infectious, relatable and exciting pair-ups in television history.
Set to premiere in mid-2018, we’ll likely find out more about Anderson’s decision in the coming months and how it plays into the future of the show in its entirety. Those working on X-Files have in the past tried to do a show without Duchovny and Anderson, but it’s something that fell flat with viewers, so we can’t see them trying something similar again.
Hopefully, if this eleventh season is the last for the show, those working on it and writing it knew that it was the case and will be able to give the series the definitive, perfect ending that it deserves.
Of course, there’s always the chance Anderson could change her mind. She did say in the same interview: “You may need to talk to me in a few years about [missing the character] once I finally shut the door.” Will she really be able to go through with her decision?
We’ll bring you more news on the eleventh season of The X-Files as and when we get it.
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