Season 10 was a major disappointment, but everything we’ve seen so far from The X-Files Season 11 looks like a return to the horror/sci-fi tropes that made the series a cultural phenomenon in the 1990s. In addition to the trailer below, we now have an official poster and (more importantly) a release date for the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Special Agents Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson).
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Here’s what we know about The X-Files Season 11 so far:
After getting the professional side of their relationship back on track in season 10, Mulder and Scully will be drawn even closer together this year. Carter says fans rooting for the formerly estranged duo to fully patch things up “have something to look forward to.” But the partners are in for an intense journey; the pain of Scully’s decision to give up William (the son she shares with Mulder) for adoption 15 years ago still hangs over both agents. “William has been an absent center,” Carter says. “He will come to the fore.”
With more monster-of-the-week episodes this season (eight, in all), fans can expect season 11 to be united in theme but varied in tone. After episode one delves into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s (William B. Davis) backstory and apparent family ties to Mulder, the second hour opens with a time jump to put distance between Mulder and Scully and the events of the premiere. And episode three is a darkly comedic hour, penned by Carter, focusing on doubles and doppelgängers. But beyond the humor, the larger mythology of The X-Files — like the fallout from Scully’s abduction and the chip that was implanted in her neck — continues to shape Mulder and Scully’s world.
The X-Files Season 11 kicks off on January 3rd on FOX.
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