Gillian Anderson is done with The X-Files after this season

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

Following the controversial premiere episode of season 11, Gillian Anderson confirms this is the last season of X-Files for Scully.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Anderson says, "I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six".

Anderson had previously teased that she wasn't planning on returning to "The X-Files" if the series continued past season 11, which just debuted last week, but now she's officially calling it quits on a character she first originated all the way back in 1993. "I'm finished, and that's the end of that". The actress twice confirmed her departure, stating that she has "said from the beginning this is it for me", and that her "understanding was that this [the revival] was a single season". I felt that the previous six was going to be it.

'I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we're running.

At the same time, when she agreed to return to "The X-Files", Anderson said "it never occurred to me that it was now a new series". There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and my career. As for David Duchovny, who has played her partner Fox Mulder since the inception of the series, he seems to be on the fence on whether or not the show could survive without Anderson. While that's not really any worse than most of the other shows on Fox we have to believe (slight X-Files nod intended) that this is a show they were expecting more out of given its fame and pedigree. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off now that I remember!"

Star Trek actor Bryan Fuller and Joel McHale, who appeared in 2016's X-Files revival also spoke at the ceremony. "I'm good with it being the end, I'm good with it not being the end..."

"The X-Files" Season 11 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. But she has become more reflective of Scully, and what the show has meant to her.

"I'm not doing any more American Gods", Anderson told reporters. "To have the opportunity to play somebody as iconic a character as Scully and a part of this duo is very special indeed".

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