Chris Carter Doesn't Think There's a Future for X-Files Without Gillian Anderson

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This week, Gillian Anderson re-iterated a statement she’d already made clear: X-Files’ new season would be her final outing as Dana Scully. But in the wake of Anderson’s comments, X-Files creator Chris Carter has told fans and outlets that he still sees the potential for Scully’s return... because he doesn’t think there’s an X-Files without her.

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Carter’s first response to Anderson’s comments to TV Guide—who she told that she’d “said from the beginning, [season 11] is it for me”—came in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit last night, responding to a fan who asked Carter if Scully had been given a fitting sendoff in the new season:

For me, the show has always been Mulder & Scully. So the idea of doing the show without [Gillian] isn’t something I’ve ever had to consider.

Was her character given a proper goodbye? I think you will want to sit down and watch the series finale very carefully.

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Here, Carter makes it seem like Scully’s exit from the series is left open-ended, leaving the chance for Anderson to return rather than crafting a definitive end for the character. It’s a feeling Carter went on to re-affirm to Collider today, going even further to add that he doesn’t want to do more X-Files if it’s without Anderson, and maybe Duchovny as well:

I wouldn’t. For me, The X-Files is Mulder and Scully. I think if it were without Scully, I wouldn’t do it. That’s not my X-Files.

Which, when you think about all this for a little bit, is odd to say considering good chunks of seasons eight and nine were missing Duchovny’s involvement altogether! But that aside, Carter’s bullish affirmations that there’s no X-Files with Scully, and Anderson’s commitment to being done with the show again after season 11, it seems like The X-Files’ future is in yet another weird place after the current season wraps up. Maybe it’s time to start dreading that potential spinoff with cardboard cutout agents Einstein and Miller.

[Reddit, Collider]

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Which, when you think about all this for a little bit, is odd to say considering good chunks of seasons eight and nine were missing Duchovny’s involvement altogether!

And we all saw how Doggett and Reyes worked out.

You know, Chris Carter should just bring back Millennium. I don’t know if Lance Henricksen would be up for it, but if he was, a new six or ten episode season for Millennium would be awesome. Or, hey, make it about his daughter, who would be in her twenties now, too.