EW is reporting some very good news for those who were not completely satisfied with the previous season of The X-Files, so if you weren’t into the story arc of the past season, this may pique your interest!
The mythology of the series, which went in a completely different and disappointing direction last year, will be mostly non-existent moving forward. Instead, the next season of the show will be comprised of mostly stand-alone episodes. Only two episodes will follow the overall story arc of the series. Of the 10 episodes planned to be released in 2018, 8 will follow their own independent storyline. Fox Entertainment Chairman David Madden had this to say about the forthcoming season:
We’re really proud of last season…We had the responsibility to explain to the audience what had happened in the intervening seven or eight years. We’re free from that responsibility this time and can just plunge in and tell the stories. We’re having a lot of fun doing it. Eight of the episodes will be stand-alone stories so they will be classic ‘Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures.’
Insert extreme sigh of relief here.
This is an interesting turn of events mainly due to the fact that Season 10 ended on an episode that seemed to contain humongous implications for the future of the show. So, what gives? Madden continued in the same report from EW:
We start the season right up from where the season finale left off with that big helicopter and takes you right from there,” he says. “You’ll be launched into a very urgent adventure that has a lot to do with William — Mulder and Scully’s kid. so the search for William will be a significant thread through the show. You will see the Cigarette Smoking Man [William B. Davis]. You may see The Lone Gunmen somewhere along the line. There will be other characters from the previous mythology that will be reprised.
What this sounds like, in my personal interpretation, is that the new season will quickly wrap up the mess it got itself into during season 10 and then continue on like nothing ever happened, with the final episode providing either a conclusion to the series or another segway to the 12th season. Keep in mind, this is all speculation, but it’s the only idea that really makes sense to me given these comments.
One can only wonder what role Chris Carter will have in the 11th season of the X-Files and the mythology episodes contained within.