Following the controversial premiere episode of season 11, Gillian Anderson confirms this is the last season of X-Files for Scully.
â€śItâ€™s time for me to hang up Scullyâ€™s hat. It just is,â€ť Anderson revealed at the Television Critics Associationâ€™s winter press tour. â€śIâ€™m finished and thatâ€™s the end of that.Â I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six [episodes last season], but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again â€¦ and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this season of ten [episodes]Â feels like the pace is up and weâ€™re running."
Regarding the departure of Scully from the series, Anderson didn't feel like the last six episodes were the proper way to leave X-Files.Â
â€śI wouldnâ€™t necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye,â€ť she said.
And regarding why Gillian Anderson decided now is the right time to leave X-Files, she said she has other plans (my note: catch The Fallen on Netflix starring Anderson, great show!)
â€śThereâ€™s lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and itâ€™s been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful...Â But Iâ€™m serious. Iâ€™m finished," she said.
When asked how she felt about leaving the X-Files, Gillian replied:Â â€śIâ€™m not sure how to answer that. Thatâ€™s a good question.â€ť
While Chris Carter has stated he won't do more X-Files without Gillian Anderson, David DuchovnyÂ wasn't as concrete as he told reporters if Carter decided to do more episodes or not, he would be â€śgood either way.â€ť
Gillian Anderson also mentioned that she wonâ€™t be starring inÂ American GodsÂ on Starz.
As noted, what's next for Gillian Anderson remains to be seen.