Although the show returned to US screens - still no word on when it's arriving here in Ireland - last night, it looks likely that this season of The X-Files will be the last ever.
As part of the press tour for the show, Gillian Anderson has stated unequivocally that this is her final appearance as Dana Scully and that no amount of alien probing or mind control is going to change her mind. More recently however, in an interview with Collider, X-Files creator Chris Carter was asked about Anderson leaving the show and whether it would continue on without her.
"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," said Carter. It's interesting to note that the show did continue after David Duchovny left, with the great Robert Patrick stepping in as his replacement, but the show can't continue with Anderson.
To be fair, the strongest era of the series was unquestionably the opening seasons with Duchovny and Anderson at the height of their powers. What's more, both of them are talented actors who aren't exactly struggling to find work - so the idea that they need to continue doing X-Files, as much as we may want them to, doesn't work.
In the meantime, we'll just have to enjoy the new season - whenever it lands on this side of the Atlantic.