Why Gillian Anderson Is Saying Goodbye to The X-Files Forever

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Actress Gillian Anderson, who has played Scully throughout its on-again, off-again run starting in 1993, told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that she was finished playing the iconic Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

If you've been keeping up with the television news world lately, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that Gillian Anderson is exiting the beloved sci-fi series The X-Files after the current season (season 11) comes to an end. "It just is", she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I like to be challenged as an actor and I like to do many many characters. "I'm finished." Apparently Scully's sendoff has already been filmed, so depending on how that was handled, there may be no turning back at this point. "There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career", Anderson told the audience, "and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful".

"The next couple years are quite full and I want to explore them without being tied to a series", Anderson said.

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'I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we're running.

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The duo were reunited for a six-episode revival in 2016; the first of a ten-episode 11th season premiered last week. "When I was asked to do another season, I did".

Carter wasn't at the panel today as his house in Montecito was evacuated due to the post-wildfire flooding.

There's still no official word on the matter, but Duchovny told reporters he would be "good either way", whether the show continued without Anderson or wrapped up after this season. "I have so much respect but I'm finished and that's the end of that".

"I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye". Duchovny, 57, joked. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember".

However, Anderson has said that this is going to be the final outing for the special agent. But she has by no means been limited to that iconic role.

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