So... We Can All Agree That Wasn't the End of The X-Files, Right?

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 12:15PM
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 12:15PM
So... We Can All Agree That Wasn't the End of The X-Files, Right?

Spoilers for The X-Files miniseries follow!


The X-Files came to an end last night... sort of. After a muddled, convoluted, exposition-heavy mythos episode (which was, granted, better than the premiere, but that's not saying very much), Scully manages to find a cure for the alien-related pandemic that is killing everyone, including Mulder, Einstein, and Miller, and then just as she's about to take the cure to the hospital and save Mulder, a UFO turns up overhead, shining a bright, portentous light in her eyes. And that's it.

This would be a terrible ending, and not just because it's a cliffhanger. Some cliffhanger endings work; Angel's ambiguous ending, for example, was my favorite series finale of all time, and while the original X-Files finale had its problems, Mulder and Scully cuddling in a hotel room in anticipation of an alien apocalypse at least felt like an ending. This felt like a season finale in every possible way; the UFO added an entirely new layer to the mythology that hasn't been explored, and William was heavily teased throughout the season, never actually appeared, and then was mentioned right before the end as a possible savior of humanity. There are very blatant threads being teased for a potential eleventh season, so if this were the series finale, it would be incredibly disappointing.



The eleventh season hasn't officially been ordered yet, but considering the fantastic ratings, Chris Carter is confident that the show will be back, although he has no idea when.

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"They're going to ask for more," Carter told THR. "The ratings were very good. They were happy with the show. I talked to [Fox CEO] Dana Walden today. She said they'd very much like more, but nothing's being negotiated yet.

It was casual. She said, 'No pressure. We'd love to do this. We liked the way it worked out.' So there's an appetite for more in the future, it's just a matter of figuring out how to get it done. The last negotiations took about five months, so it could be a while before we figure out how to do this."
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But will Mulder and Scully be back for the next season, or, God forbid, will we be seeing X-Files: The Next Generation with Miller and Einstein? Carter didn't seem to think a spin-off was in the cards, although he said he would want Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose to return if they weren't otherwise engaged when they finally get around to doing another season. More importantly, he said that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will most likely return:

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"I have been speaking with David pretty regularly. I think he's game. I have spoken to Gillian less frequently, but I believe she would be game. So I'm just working around their busy schedules. They both have families. It's [a] practical matter."
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David Duchovny certainly seems on board for more, as he took to Twitter to defend the cliffhanger ending and pointedly referred to the episode as a "season finale."


Gillian Anderson, as Carter said, seems a little less gung-ho, but is still open to the possibility:

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Oh, I don't know. I think we ended it in a way that it could go one way or the other," Anderson told Rolling Stone. "It all depends. I mean, it's a nice idea that we could carry on. But I live in London. I've got three kids. I have other commitments to other shows. David is doing a TV show for NBC [Aquarius]. There's a lot of things that aren't conducive to a long-running or even one more year of a running, multiple-episode TV show in the mix. So there would have to be some pretty extraordinary circumstances.
 
But maybe. Maybe the success that we've had thus far with the six episodes is enough for extraordinary circumstances to present themselves. You never know.
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