Gillian Anderson has said she had chose to leave The X-Files after the first reboot series, but opted to stay on for a second outing because she was "curious". That being said, it seems Anderson is content with where she's leaving Scully.
"It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat", she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "But I'm serious. I'm finished", she said.
Anderson played Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully, for the most part opposite David Duchovny's Fox Mulder, for nine seasons and two movies, between 1993 to 2002. I thought that the previous six was going to be it. Anderson said that the six-episode tenth season "would be it. Making the most of it and playing the wonderful characters again". I think as Chris has said himself that that short stack of episodes kind of felt like we were learning how to walk again, and that 10 feels like the pace is up and we're running. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious.
"Why? There's lots of things I want to do in my life and in my career", she replied.
David Duchovny told reporters he would be "good either way" if the show continued without Anderson or if it ended after the current season.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were the show runners for "American Gods" season one but in a shocking move late past year, the pair ended up leaving the series all together. "Bryan and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced".
"I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times and I failed", Duchovny joked. With this section of the monster-of-the-week Federal Bureau of Investigation show in its second season (eleventh overall), one of its stars is done for good - and has opened up as to why. But it's not as if Anderson's taking a break - she's already set to star in two films due for release this year, The Spy Who Dumped Me and Andorra. And does backstory on a major X-Files character not count as mythology?
"X-Files", we just can't quit you - even if Anderson can.