[UPDATE: A representative from FOX has reached out and told Screen Rant that Gillian Anderson “has not commented on returning as it’s premature in that she is currently filming the new event series.”]
The X-Files star Gillian Anderson revealed Sunday that the upcoming 11th season of the hit sci-fi series will be her last. Fans were elated in 2016 when David Duchovny and Anderson’s FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully got back on the case for a six-part X-Files revival – a long-awaited 10th season after the show’s initial series run from 1993 to 2002.
Naturally, the success of the revival immediately got talks in motion for an 11th season, which Duchovny and Anderson started shooting in August, along with the return of Mitch Pileggi (as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette Smoking Man), as well as Tom Braidwood, Bruce Harwood and Dean Haglund (the conspiracy theory trio The Lone Gunmen).
Creator Chris Carter noted at NYCC that the new season will end on a cliffhanger, so that means there’s a chance that fans won’t get a resolution to the show’s ever-unspooling mythology (then again, when doesn’t a season of The X-Files end on a cliffhanger?).
Getting Anderson and her costar David Duchovny on board was the trickiest part about reviving the Fox sci-fi series for six episodes in 2016, and negotiations for 2018’s upcoming 10 episodes dragged out for months.
Meanwhile, Fox released the first trailer for season 11, which is below:
While there have been rumblings of Anderson’s exit from The X-Files dating back to the end of the series’ initial run, the actress’ decision this time to leave the series this time around could possibly go beyond delivering “everything the fans were expecting.” After all, Anderson was very critical of the announcement that the season 11 writers room didn’t include any female scribes (and she also tweeted out that only two of the 207 X-Files episodes were directed by women), and it’s no secret that she was unhappy having to fight to get the same pay as Duchovny for the series revival.