‘I Want to [Be]Leave’ – Gillian Anderson Discusses X-Files Future

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This year’s New York Comic Con was great for those in attendance (and then, thanks to the wonders of the internet, all of us who missed out on the event).

There was a presence from nearly everyone and everything the nerdy community could hope for – including IDW Publishing who had a stall on their upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog comic!

And, if we are to believe everything TV in the ’90s tells us, The X-Files is as nerdy as they come.

So, naturally, The X-Files had a presence at the convention, with none other than Gillian Anderson, Dana Scully herself, was in attendance.

And unfortunately, that does not bring good news for fans of Scully’s X-capades.

Get it? X-Files. Escapades.


Anyway, Gillian Anderson spoke to several journalists at the convention, and, if Screen Rant is to be believed, the upcoming 11th Season may very well be her last.

In a reporter roundtable, Anderson was asked if she was still open to continuing with the role after Season 11.

Anderson responded by saying;

“No, no, I think this will be it for me.”

Apparently, her return to the role for the recent revival was spurred on by a nagging doubt about how the series’ original run ended.

“…I felt like it wasn’t over,” Anderson added.

“It didn’t feel like we necessarily deliver everything the fans were expecting of us last time…”

Since the event, a representative from FOX reached out to Screen Rant and mentioned how Anderson; “has not commented on returning as it’s premature in that she is currently filming the new event series.”

Filming of Season 11 of The X-Files started in August, and, as is normally the case, is expected to carry on for a short while before the editing process takes over.

It’s unclear yet if Anderson will leave the series following the upcoming season – maybe it was the plan all along and her exit has been included in the narrative somehow, but it would mark the end of one of sci-fi and TV’s most endearing leading women.

We won’t know for certain unless Anderson, co-star David Duchovny, and series creator Chris Carter mention talk about it in the intervening months between now and Season 11’s premiere.

For fans of the show who may be feeling a bit glum following this news, there’s a good reason to feel optimistic.

Following her press session, Anderson teased how even the end isn’t necessarily the end.

“Talk to me in a few years about [returning to the role] once I finally shut the door…there’s always been this ‘maybe one more’ thing hanging over.”

The X-Files made its TV debut back in 1993 on Fox and continued on for a further nine seasons before ending its original run in 2002.

The series has spawned two feature-length films, a short-lived TV spin-off (The Lone Gunmen), comics, novels, video games, and, of course, the series revival and Season 10 landing in 2016.

-James, 12/10/2017

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