X-Philes rejoice! Despite Agent Fox Mulder being on the verge of death as a flying saucer hovers above them during the last moments of the last episode of the revival season of The X-Files, it seems the FBI agent will be just fine — maybe.
This is because Fox — the network — announced that the iconic 90's series, which aired a six-episode revival season in 2016, has been renewed for an 11th season composed of 10 episodes.
Fox announced on April 20 that season 11 will serve as a continuation of the 2016 revival. The production will see the return of creator Chris Carter as executive director, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who will reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively.
Season 10 not only left viewers with a huge cliffhanger but brought the FBI agent couple's son, William, back into the plotline. We can only guess if we would see or hear more of the absent character in the next season. In the meantime, here's the first teaser poster for Season 11.
The X-Files Revival
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in August, Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman Dana Walden expressed that the network really wanted more episodes for the revival but that conflicts in schedule prevented it from happening.
"It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris' schedules," Walden said.
Now it seems their schedules have aligned to allow a longer season to happen.
"Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators - these are the hallmarks of great TV shows... And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Chris' creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continues to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can't wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files," Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden said in a statement.
The Truth Is Still Out There... And The Agents Are Ready
Just after the official Fox announcement, The X-Files stars Duchovny and Anderson took to twitter to celebrate the new season.
Anderson tweeted a photo and asked Duchovny if he is ready for more, while Duchovny tweeted a GIF version of the teaser poster.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 21, 2017
Production for season 11 is expected to begin this Summer and the first episode will air during the 2017-2018 Fall season.