The X-Files finished its season 11 run last night, and fans have mixed reactions to Gillian Anderson’s much-anticipated departure.
The show, which first aired in 1993, follows FBI special agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson), who investigate supernatural and paranormal cases. After ending its nine season run back in 2002, the show was revived in 2016 for six new episodes. The X-Files returned for season 11 in early 2018 (5th February) for an extended 10 episode stint, with fans exclaiming that the ‘truth is still out there…’
The final episode episode of season 11, titled ‘My Struggle IV’, revealed that the “Cigarette Smoking Man” was in fact the father of William (and not Mulder). By the end of the episode, Mulder and Scully hug it out, believing their teenage son is dead, and Mulder having shot his long-time nemesis the CSM. Oh, and Scully is pregnant again.
And with the mixed reception to the final episode – some viewers are hoping that this will be the final season:
one thing the whole x files fandom can agree on after seeing the s11 finale: pic.twitter.com/ve1XOUPIEF
— LIVI ? (@bi_ologist) March 26, 2018
when chris carter keeps bragging about how he can carry on the x files without you pic.twitter.com/qU6K1P6wXU
— mia (@gllians) March 19, 2018
the x files is ending. we will not get closure. egotistical chris carter thinks there will be another season. there won't be. nothing will ever be resolved. the man had a full quarter century to wrap up loose ends and still couldn't do it. thanks.
— ⋆ liz (@honkygillian) March 21, 2018
But whether fans loved or loathed the finale, one thing’s for sure: the beloved Dana Scully is already missed:
tonight seems as good a night as any to say that 20 years ago Dana Scully saved my life. @GillianA thank you for playing the smartest coolest complexest uncompromisingest woman on tv. Scully forever ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/XSS8CLkqVc
— Sophie Robinson is on strike ? (@sophiepoetry) March 22, 2018
i hope the future brings you nothing but happiness and love. i love you, admire you, and i miss you. thank you dana scully, and thank you gillian anderson pic.twitter.com/L7whYUQcSH
— mia (@gllians) March 22, 2018
And they’re delighted that Scully is pregnant:
damn you know i have had my breath knocked out of me over and over again today just because i repeatedly keep forgetting and than remembering dana scully is pregnant and mulder and scully finally get the family life they deserve. huh
— meghan³¹’¹¹⁶ (@tacotuesdaygirl) March 22, 2018
I’m just… so happy for Dana Scully all she wanted was to be a mother. She had to give up William to keep him safe but now she gets another chance to have a child and raise it with the love of her life and I’m just saying, she fucking deserves that
— becca (@sculIysnack) March 22, 2018
Although they do think Gillian Anderson deserved a better exit…
the x files season 11 finale destroyed my life I’m crying
— Izzie Ramirez (@IzzieRamirez) March 22, 2018
gillian acknowledging that she and dana scully deserved so much better is the greatest thing to happen to me this week
— langley (@BLANCHEDUBOlS) March 23, 2018
Dana Scully who got pregnant with William, grew him inside her belly, birthed him on a rickety bed then nursed him from her body & almost died for him in the almost year she had him, was definitely a mother to that child so wtf Chris… #xfiles
— sj _ _ _ ? (@agoodwoman7) March 22, 2018
DANA SCULLY IS PREGNANT! AND I WANT TO KILL CHRIS CARTER! HE PROMISED KISS! WTF? I BELIEVED HIM!
— Keep calm and believe in love. Always. (@anuta_grace) March 22, 2018
And did Gillian subtly slam her own exit?
Oh boy oh boy do I ever hear you. pic.twitter.com/8aiFXfrX1V
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) March 23, 2018
In December, Anderson confirmed that season 11 would be her last following a 25-year stint as Scully. “I’ve said from the beginning that this is it for me,” she told TV Insider. “I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement because my understanding was that this was a single season.”
During a panel in January, she further emphasised her exit telling reporters, “It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just it.”
“I’m finished, and that’s the end of that.”
Words: Natasha Jagger