Season two of The X-Files revival dealt the actress's iconic character Dana Scully a deeply twisted blow in the premiere on January 3, "My Struggle III", when it was revealed she was impregnated with "science - alien science" against her will by the Cigarette Smoking Man (the word "rape" is never explicitly said, but come on). "It didn't feel like we necessarily deliver [ed] everything the fans were expecting of us last time, and so it was that", Anderson said, adding that she couldn't give a definitive answer on her feelings about never playing Dana Scully again.
During a panel organized as part of the Television Critics Association's (TCA) winter press tour on Wednesday, Anderson said that she won't return for any future seasons of the Fox series.
It's time to say our final goodbyes to Agent Dana Scully. "But I'm serious. I'm finished", she said. "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". We only recently got The X-Files back, so could it really be gone again so soon, or would Anderson be willing to negotiate? The actress twice confirmed her departure, stating that she has "said from the beginning this is it for me", and that her "understanding was that this [the revival] was a single season".
During the discussion, Gillian also repeated the news that she is leaving TV show American Gods after one season. Fuller and Green made a decision to quit the series after clashing with producers Fremantle over the show's season two budget. Her co-star, David "Fox Mulder" Duchovny, posted a sweet message on Twitter. Now it seems Anderson will follow them out the door after budget cuts on the series led to a split with the show runners.
Duchovny is reported to have said it would be "good either way" if The X-Files, which sees Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal events and UFOs, continued without Anderson for another season. 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.
"X-Files", we just can't quit you - even if Anderson can.