For a show about experiences that can’t be scientifically proven, ‘The X-Files’ isn’t lacking in numbers, with 208 episodes, two movies, and one Speedo. The most significant number for the series is 10 – this is because 10 new episodes are now filming in Vancouver! After the ratings for 2016’s six-episode revival soared to otherworldly heights, the sci-fi series will return in early 2018, reuniting David Duchovny’s and Gillian Anderson for another run of unbelievable cases. Along with a few photos that offer a first look at the new episodes, series creator Chris Carter gave classified information on what to expect from the upcoming 11th season.

Mulder and Scully will switch places.

Fans last saw Scully, immune to the alien virus sweeping the planet, on a gridlocked bridge trying to cure Mulder before it was too late. So what’s with this photo of Scully in the hospital and Mulder looking just fine? Carter explains:

“Obviously something unexpected has happened. Everything is by design.”


Carter’s says the “shippers were heard.”

After the professional side of their relationship got back on track in Season 10, Mulder and Scully will become even closer this season. Carter says fans rooting for the estranged duo to finally patch things up “have something to look forward to.” However, the two are in for an intense journey as the pain of Scully’s decision to give up William (the son she shares with Mulder) for adoption 15 years ago still hangs over both agents. Carter hints:

“William has been an absent center. He will come to the fore.”

It’s not all heavy (but mostly it is).

Fans can expect Season 11 to be united in theme but varied in tone as the format takes on a monster-of-the-week theme. After Episode One delves into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s (William B. Davis) backstory and apparent family ties to Mulder, the second hour opens with a time jump to put distance between Mulder and Scully and the events of the premiere. Episode Three is a darkly comedic hour, written by Carter, focusing on doubles and doppelgängers. Beyond the humor lies the larger mythology of ‘The X-Files,’ like the fallout from Scully’s abduction and the chip that was implanted in her neck.


Three’s a crowd

A powerful figure played by Barbara Hershey comes into play this season. Carter says “it was a thrill to work with her.” Carter also teases the addition of a character called Mr. Y and some characters who only appear to be new. Season 11 will also explore the motive behind one of the biggest shockers of last season: loyal ally Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) confessing that she’s in league with the Cigarette Smoking Man. And the showrunner says we’ll get a new angle on Mulder and Scully’s long-suffering boss, Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). Carter says:

“Familiar alliances are rattled.”

No official release date for the series has been announced, but make sure you check back with ScienceFiction.com as we’ll let you know along with all the latest ‘X-Files’ news when it comes out!