X-Files creator Chris Carter hasn’t envisioned show with Gillian Anderson

Could The X-Files happen without Gillian AndersonCould The X-Files happen without Gillian Anderson? It’s obviously not something that anyone wants to consider. Yet, it’s something that we all may have to think about given Anderson’s comments that she is leaving at the end of the season. We don’t see her comments as any sort of ill will towards the series; it feels more like she’s done so much of this show, in between the series and the movies, and maybe just wants a different adventure that doesn’t involve playing Agent Scully. There’s a certain degree of sadness there for fans who love her as the character, but there are so many different challenges and things to explore as an actor. It makes sense that she would want to dive into some of those.

As for whether or not creator Chris Carter would consider doing the show without Anderson, that’s not something he seems to be willing to tip his cap on. It’s easy to read his response to a question in a recent Reddit AMA a couple of different ways:

“For me, the show has always been Mulder & Scully. So the idea of doing the show without her isn’t something I’ve ever had to consider … Was her character given a proper goodbye? I think you will want to sit down and watch the series finale very carefully.”

Carter clarified that by saying series finale, he was just talking about the end of the present arc. Think similar to how seasons in Great Britain are referred to as “series” and not “seasons”.

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In getting back to the answer that Carter gave, it certainly makes it sound at first like he’s saying that he wouldn’t do another season without Gillian; however, he speaks about the idea in past tense, almost as though it is something he may have to consider now. Given the way that he and others have talked about the departure of Anderson there may be a glimmer of hope on their part that she will still return; personally, we’re still fearful that her character could be killed off at the end of the season. Maybe that fear is negated slightly by his statement, mostly because if Scully were to be killed off, wouldn’t it be pretty obvious and not-so-subtle? Covertly killing her off would be the equivalent of picking up a pile of scripts and throwing them into an open fire.

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