Gillian Anderson Confirms Her Exit from 'The X-Files' and 'American Gods'

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Last Wednesday, the moment X-Files fans had been anxiously awaiting since Season 10 came to a close finally arrived as Agents Mulder and Scully returned to grace our screens. "It just is", Anderson revealed at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

"I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times, and I've failed", he said.

The actress reprised her role as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully, which she originally played from 1993 to 2002, for a short revival series in 2016, but it proved so popular that she and co-star David Duchovny signed up for an eleventh series, which premiered last week. "It just is. I'm finished, and that's the end of that". The actress twice confirmed her departure, stating that she has "said from the beginning this is it for me", and that her "understanding was that this [the revival] was a single season". I thought that the previous six was going to be it. "It was dipping our toe back in again. and getting to play these wonderful characters again", Anderson said.


Anderson described the first revival season as "like learning to walk again" due to its short run (six episodes), and that the decision to expand Season 11 to ten is like being "up and running".

"I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye", she said. There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and my career. It would be impossible to imagine The X-Files moving forward without Scully, though to be fair, the show attempted something similar during Season Eight when co-star David Duchovny quit being a full-time character on the show after filing a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox. With this section of the monster-of-the-week Federal Bureau of Investigation show in its second season (eleventh overall), one of its stars is done for good - and has opened up as to why. I am hugely grateful, but there's lots of other stuff I want to do and I don't really want to be tied down to months and months of doing any particular one thing that I feel like I've done. "I think if it were without Scully, I wouldn't do it", he told Collider. "I'm good with it being the end, I'm good with it not being the end..." Carter has mentioned in interviews that he wouldn't want to do more X-Files without Anderson. "To have the opportunity to play somebody as iconic a character as Scully and a part of this duo is very special indeed".

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