The X-Files returned for another revived season on Wednesday, dropping a messy episode that would probably spell doom for the season if we didn’t know it picked up in future episodes. That is a fact to hold onto because this will likely be Gillian Anderson’s final season on the show barring some sort of act from a higher power. That would also mean the end of the show entirely for Chris Carter, explaining as much in a recent interview with Collider:
I wouldn’t. For me, The X-Files is Mulder and Scully. I think if it were without Scully, I wouldn’t do it. That’s not my X-Files.
But don’t think that would mean the final end of the show entirely. While Carter sees it as Mulder and Scully in the end, he does seem to give a glimmer of hope that the show could be reborn with some fresh faces in the future:
I’ve never been asked that question. I would do the same thing. I would cast and look for the best people for the parts, whether they be knowns or unknowns. I think we were very fortunate to go with two unknowns, in this case, because they don’t come with baggage or preconceptions. For me, I think that’s always a good way to go, to create stars and not hitch your wagon to a star. So, I would say that I would do it exactly the same way.
While replacing Mulder and Scully in the later seasons of The X-Files proved to be less popular, the mythology of the show didn’t do it any favors. Maybe getting a fresh start would be cool, to take the show in some different directions.
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