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Why The X-Files Season 11 is Gillian Anderson's Last

Why The X-Files Season 11 is Gillian Anderson's Last

Gillian Anderson confirmed that she won't return to "The X-Files" to play Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully.

Actress Gillian Anderson, who has played Scully throughout its on-again, off-again run starting in 1993, told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that she was finished playing the iconic Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

"It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat".

Anderson said she originally thought she would call it quits on Scully after the original reunion of six new "X-Files" episodes in 2016 - but ultimately the finale of that episodic batch "didn't feel like the right way to end it". "But I'm serious. I'm finished". 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 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 [episodes] feels like the pace is up and we're running". It was dipping our toe back in again ... and getting to play these wonderful characters again.

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"I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times and I failed", he said.

While Chris Carter has stated he won't do more X-Files without Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny wasn't as concrete as he told reporters if Carter made a decision to do more episodes or not, he would be "good either way". "You may need to talk to me in a few years about that once I finally shut the door. I'm feeling pretty pissed off now that I remember!" "I'm good with it being the end, I'm good with it not being the end..."

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As Season 11 began, we picked up right where we left off in Season 10 as Mulder and Scully discovered that there were others out there looking for their son William while attempting to determine what their next move should be. There's still no official word on the matter, but Duchovny told reporters he would be "good either way", whether the show continued without Anderson or wrapped up after this season.