The reunion tour for Fox’s fan-favorite sci-fi drama The X-Files may be a short one, with news surfacing out of New York Comic Con that the upcoming 11th season will be Gillian Anderson’s swan song as Dana Scully.
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Screen Rant reports that during interviews with journalists at the convention, Anderson was asked whether she had any interest in continuing beyond Season 11. “No, no,” she said, “I think this will be it for me.”
Asked why she decided to return for this season, Anderson explained, “Because it felt like it wasn’t over. It didn’t feel like we necessarily deliver everything the fans were expecting of us last time, and so it was that.”
The actress has seen a massive career resurgence over the past few years that has included roles on Hannibal, The Fall and, most recently American Gods. However, she wasn’t sure how to put into words when asked how difficult it would be to leave behind the role of Scully. “I don’t know,” she said. “You may need to talk to me in a few years about that once I finally shut the door. You know, there’s always been this may one more thing hanging over, but when the door is finally shut call me up and ask me that question again.”
The X-Files debuted in 1993 on Fox, and continued for nine seasons before ending its original run in 2002. The series spawned two feature films and a short-lived television spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, as well as related comics, novels and tabletop and video games.
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