The actress said multiple times a year ago that the now airing eleventh season would be her last, and reiterated her position at the TCAs, saying definitively, "It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat".
The actress reprised her role as Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Dana Scully, which she originally played from 1993 to 2002, for a short revival series in 2016, but it proved so popular that she and co-star David Duchovny signed up for an eleventh series, which premiered last week. "I'm really serious. I have so much respect for these guys and I have respect for Scully and I have respect for David [Duchovny] and it's really sad, but I'm finished and that's the end of that".
There's lots of things I want to do in my life and in my career. Anderson has found success in movies and TV alike, with some of her more recent notable roles including characters on the Hannibal TV series as well as the adaption of American Gods. The plot twist dealt to the longtime character in the premiere was unpleasant and disrespectful, to say the least (and maybe had something to do with the show's initial lack of female voices in the writing room?), and we can see what might have gone into her decision to exit. "I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 [episodes] feels like the pace is up and we're running".
Co-star David Duchovny, who plays Agent Fox Mulder, didn't shut the door on more episodes without Anderson, saying he was "good either way".
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She added, "I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye". Duchovny, 57, joked. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember". "I'm good with it being the end, I'm good with it not being the end... To have the opportunity to play somebody as iconic a character as Scully and a part of this duo is very special indeed".
When Anderson initially announced her intent to turn in her Federal Bureau of Investigation badge for good, she spoke about why she agreed to reprise her iconic role for season 11. 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.
Duchovny, on the other hand, said he doesn't like to dwell on those kind of thoughts.