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Want to see Scully battling aliens and shadowy government figures again? It could happen, says star Gillian Anderson, but only on one condition: the studio would have to find some new writers who can actually craft a decent story, unlike the crap that was given to fans in the later seasons of The X-Files. Anderson suggested this in a recent interview with Variety, calling certain arcs, such as Scully’s pregnancy, “unfortunate.”

Gillian Anderson Reveals Her One Condition to Return to ‘The X-Files’ (Variety)

Gillian Anderson knows that “The X-Files” fans would love to see more of FBI agent Dana Scully. That doesn’t mean she’s interested in taking it on again.

When she joined the original Fox series, which aired from 1993 to 2002, she was excited to take on the obscure role that was different from “pretty much everything else on television at the time,” says Anderson, who’s receiving Variety‘s Icon Award at CannesSeries.

“It just feels like such an old idea. I’ve done it, I did it for so many years, and it also ended on such an unfortunate note,” she says, referring to Scully’s pregnancy reveal. “In order to even begin to have that conversation [about another season] there would need to be a whole new set of writers and the baton would need to be handed on for it to feel like it was new and progressive. So yeah, it’s very much in the past.”

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  1. Oh come on.

    Just let the zombie corpse of The X Files rest in peace already.

    It was a great show as a geeky teenager in the 90's, but it probably should have ended after - I don't know - season 5 or so.

    Maybe gone out with a big bang in the 1998 X-Files movie and then just quit while on top.

    Seasons 6 through 11 and the second movie in 2008 were really just milking the franchise with an aging cast that gradually no longer met the intent of their roles.
  2. Won't lie, I'd still hit it.

    A couple of years ago when they remastered all the seasons and released them on bluray, I rewatched the old series. In the pilot there is an underwear scene, and lets just say that she looks very good, and it completely surprised me, because back when I started watching the X Files back in the day, I didn't really notice.

    I was 13 at the time, so I had certainly "noticed" girls, but I guess she just seemed too old to me at the time and I didn't notice her in "that" way.

    Seeing her current pics, I still think I feel the same way :p

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