The X-Files' surprising ratings drops make season 12 even more unlikely
Jan 13 2018 by Francis Osborne
In the midst of its second revival season (though technically it's Season 11), Gillian Anderson, who has played Scully since the beginning appears to be at the end of the road with The X-Files.
The actress reprised her role as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully, which she originally played from 1993 to 2002, for a short revival series in 2016, but it proved so popular that she and co-star David Duchovny signed up for an eleventh series, which premiered last week. Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the long-time actress confirmed that she is "finished" with the show after this season.
"I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times, and I've failed", he said.
As for American Gods, she said: "I'm not doing any more American Gods. It just is. I'm finished, and that's the end of that".
The classic sci-fi series starring David Duchovny and created by Chris Carter had a successful six-part return in 2016, prompting another five episodes for 2018. I thought that the previous six was going to be it. We only recently got The X-Files back, so could it really be gone again so soon, or would Anderson be willing to negotiate?
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"Why? There's lots of things I want to do in my life and in my career", she replied.
Co-star David Duchovny - who plays Fox Mulder - said that he was "good either way" when asked whether the show would continue. Anderson has found success in movies and TV alike, with some of her more recent notable roles including characters on the Hannibal TV series as well as the adaption of American Gods. Fuller and Green made a decision to quit the series after clashing with producers Fremantle over the show's season two budget.
"I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye", she said. Now it seems Anderson will follow them out the door after budget cuts on the series led to a split with the show runners.
Where, when and how can you catch the next episode of The X-Files? "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember", Duchovny joked. "I don't want to think about what the show means or the history or the legacy", he admitted.