Gillian Anderson suggested in October that the upcoming 11th season of The X-Files will mark the end of her time as Dana Scully. Now, just ahead of the season premiere, she’s confirmed this will indeed be her farewell to the role.
“I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me,” Anderson told TV Guide. “I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement, because my understanding was that this was a single season.”
Fox hasn’t ordered X-Files past Season 11. However, creator Chris Carter has commented on the potential future of the series, saying, “There are a lot more X-Files stories to tell. Whether we get to tell them is a question mark. The truth is out there.”
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.
The 10-episode season of The X-Files will reunite creator Carter with stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi, plus William B. Davis, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell. Season 11 premieres Jan. 3 on Fox.