‘The X-Files’: Gillian Anderson Says Season 11 Will Be Her Last

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In just a few short days, landmark sci-fi/horror series The X-Files returns to FOX for a new ten-episode season. While 2016’s initial six-episode revival drew somewhat mixed reviews, I am still super excited to see Mulder and Scully again, and I’m willing to bet many of you are too.

The X-Files season 11 kicks off on Wednesday, January 3rd at 8pm EST. Unfortunately, that debut will now be a bit bittersweet for fans, as co-lead Gillian Anderson has confirmed that if a season 12 is commissioned, she won’t be coming back.

Anderson made her stance clear during a recent interview with TV Insider that also included her longtime colleague David Duchovny. Here’s her full quote concerning her X-Files future, or lack thereof:

““I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me,” she explains. “I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement…because my understanding was that this was a single season.”

X-Files - David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

The previous announcement that Anderson is referring to came during October’s New York Comic-Con, which saw her state that season 11 would be the end of her – and Scully’s – journey with the show. At the time, FOX quickly downplayed her comments, and this is the first time she’s spoken on the matter since.

While Gillian Anderson leaving doesn’t necessarily mean that The X-Files has to end, it probably should, as fans saw what happened previously when the series tried to continue without one of its two stars. To put it bluntly, the “post-Mulder” era wasn’t very good, despite the best efforts of Robert “T-1000” Patrick.