We’ve been hearing non-stop from Gillian Anderson that the current season of ‘The X-Files’ will be her last and that this season would be the swansong for the series. Creator Chris Carter has touted that the show was really about the relationship between Mulder and Scully and wouldn’t be able to go on without them. Apparently, he forgot Seasons Eight and Nine which weren’t too strong on having Mulder pop up but the series managed to continue on.
Or did he forget?
Oh, wait, he didn’t! Carter addresses this directly when asked if ‘The X-Files’ could continue without Anderson:
“I always thought of David the way I thought about the child William [Mulder and Scully’s child], as an absent center. Even when he wasn’t there, he was the center of everyone’s concern, and the stories revolved around him. I think that’s an interesting problem for storytellers and I think that if The X-Files is to go forward, then Scully would be a similar absent center.”
Depending on how the season closes if she retires, is kidnapped, killed, wants to raise William, or for any number of reasons, it could be easy to show her leaving in a way that would keep her spirit alive.
Still, with only four episodes left in the eleventh and possibly final season, the creator of the series is opening up on the current season and potentially the future. As to season 11, Carter shares that he regrets it is already over:
“I was talking to my fellow executive producer Glen Morgan, and we were saying how sorry we were to have it come to an end. I just finished filming the final episode last week and I’m sorry to see it go, so it was a lot of fun.”
As to this being the final cases of ‘The X-Files’ with Anderson gone? Let’s just say that isn’t quite as set in stone as we’ve been lead to believe:
“I don’t know. I think that certainly, The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without. I’m sorry to see her go; I’ve never actually considered doing this show without her, so is this the end?
It’s the end of something; I don’t know if it’s the beginning of something new. But certainly, we will have to all put our heads together and figure out where to go from here.”
Without Scully, we still do have Mulder attached to exploring the unknown. Of course, it is hard to say how long he’ll be interested in pursuing cases with how the season close. David Duchovny has worked on the show for so long and Cater has wondered “how long David and Gillian really wanted to do this show after doing it for 25 years. They’ve played these characters, considering all the material that ended up on the cutting room floor, for probably 6-7,000 hours of their lives.”
It sounds like Carter is setting us up for a potential return to ‘The X-Files’ without Anderson but understands that even if it happens, Duchovny might not be in it for the long run.
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Source: Digital Spy