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Agent Scully no more: Gillian Anderson is done with 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson revealed that the time has come for her to truly say goodbye to her iconic 'The X-Files' character, agent Scully.


Brittany King


While at a Television Critics Association press conference for the new season of the recently revived The X-Files, Gillian Anderson told the crowd that she was exiting the show for good. 

 

"It's time for me to hang up Scullys hat. It just is," Anderson, 49, told reporters Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Im finished and thats the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six [episodes], but I was really curious. I felt 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. 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," she continued. "I wouldnt necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye." 

There are lots of things that I want to do in my life, in my career, and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character. 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.

Anderson added, "There are lots of things that I want to do in my life, in my career, and its been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character. I am hugely grateful, but theres lots of other stuff I want to do, and I dont really want to be tied down to months and months of doing any particular one thing that I feel like Ive done. Thats why."

 

As for her counterpart, David Duchovny, he isnt sure where his X-Files path leads. "I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times, and Ive failed," he told the audience. "They did a show without me, so how do you like that? Im good either way. Im good with this being the end. Im good with it not being the end."

 

The X-Files ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002 and returned to Fox for a six-episode tenth season in 2017, billed as a limited event.

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