After playing FBI Agent Dana Scully on “The X-Files” for 25 years, Gillian Anderson finally said goodbye during Wednesday’s Season 11 finale. Scully’s final scene played out on a dock with longtime partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). After seeing their son William (Miles Robbins) gunned down by the Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis), an emotional Scully confessed that Mulder wasn’t actually William’s father. When Mulder asked, “What am I now if I’m not a father?” Scully revealed that he still was a father … because she was pregnant. Are you happy with Anderson’s exit on “The X-Files”? Vote now in our poll below.
“You are a father,” Scully whispered as she held Mulder’s hand against her stomach.
“That’s impossible,” Mulder replied, no doubt referring to the fact that she was barren.
A tearful Scully told him, “I know. I know it is. It’s more than impossible….”
And with that, Scully and Mulder embraced in a tight hug as the camera tiled upward.
Duchovny warned fans before the finale aired that it would feature “the cliffiest of all hangers,” but Scully’s revelation was only the iceberg. The final shot of the episode depicted William rising out of the water and smiling, very much alive. Written and directed by showrunner Chris Carter, the Season 11 finale, titled “My Struggle IV,” also featured the apparent deaths of three major characters.
First, Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) shot FBI Agent Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) in the head as she was speeding toward him. Second, Skinner appeared to die underneath Reyes’ SUV as it smashed into another car. Third, CSM was shot in the chest by Mulder before being pushed into the water.
Anderson won an Emmy Award for “The X-Files” as Best Drama Actress in 1997 — watch a video her acceptance speech. She was also nominated for “Bleak House” (2007) as Best Movie/Mini Actress. In recent years she’s been seen on TV series such as “Hannibal,” “War & Peace,” “The Fall” and “American Gods.”
Let us know your thoughts on Gillian Anderson’s “The X-Files” exit by voting in our poll. Are Reyes, Skinner and CSM all dead? Fans may never find out, as Fox has yet to order a 12th season of “The X-Files.”