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

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She adds, "It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat, it just is".

The British-American actress has played Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully opposite David Duchovny as Fox Mulder since the show started in 1993, and reprised her role in 2016 when it returned 14 years after ending for a new six-part 10th series. "I'm really serious. I have so much respect for these guys and I have respect for Scully and I have respect for David [Duchovny] and it's really sad, but I'm finished and that's the end of that".

"Why? There's lots of things I want to do in my life and in my career", she replied. Anderson's exit follows the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who left the show six weeks ago due to creative differences with Fremantle Media regarding the second season.

"It wasn't suggested that now is a new series", said Anderson to the TCA press corps. "You may need to talk to me in a few years about that once I finally shut the door".

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Chris Carter has gone on record saying The X-Files won't continue without Anderson, so all signs point to the current run being the Fox hit's swan song.

Anderson continued: "I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six [episodes from season 10] were how we said goodbye..." It would be impossible to imagine The X-Files moving forward without Scully, though to be fair, the show attempted something similar during Season Eight when co-star David Duchovny quit being a full-time character on the show after filing a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox. 'I felt that the previous six was going to be it. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember", Duchovny joked. "I'm good with it being the end, I'm good with it not being the end..." So apparently she was fine coming back to give the show a more ceremonious send off than it originally had and letting Scully have one last hurrah, but she's ready to move on from that part of her life now. "It's been an extraordinary opportunity and an extraordinary character".

"The X-Files" Season 11 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

Duchovny, on the other hand, said he doesn't like to dwell on those kind of thoughts.

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