Well, here we are again. Another season come and gone, 10 more episodes together. When we first said goodbye to The X-Files with "The Truth" in 2002, we did so with the hope of more feature films. We got one with "I Want to Believe" in 2008. Many of you participated in fan campaigns with us to push for a third film. We celebrated the revival announcement together in 2015 and rewatched 202 episodes and 2 films in the lead up to Season 10 in 2016. After six episodes, Mulder and Scully were stranded on a bridge, the world ending around them. Surely this wouldn't be the end for our heroes, right? We waited and hoped until the announcement in 2017 that Season 11 was a go. We speculated over photos and trailers and even put our hopes for the new episodes into a fan video. And just like that, it's already time to say goodbye again.
The season finale, "My Struggle IV," was written and directed by Chris Carter. The search for Mulder and Scully's son William is the focus of the episode, which ends in more questions than answers. In the end, many characters could be dead, including William, and Mulder and Scully are grieving but also shocked by one last surprise. That's right, Dana Scully is pregnant again at 54. We leave our heroes stunned and sobbing in an embrace on that cold dock. William pops out of the water and we end.
Like the other "Struggles" before it, this episode left the fans very divided. Some enjoyed the action and mystery, while others argued about out-of-character moments and the separation of Scully and Mulder for most of the story. Some fans had been speculating since "Plus One" that another baby was on the way and that revelation got a lot of people talking! So where do we go from here? Gillian Anderson has made it clear she will not return to play Scully, but Chris Carter has indicated he may be open to more episodes. Once again, the truth about the future of The X-Files is "out there." So until we meet again, thank you for watching with us and sharing your thoughts. You've made this journey so much fun and we're proud to be part of this fandom. I say, for the last time, here are your best tweets. Storify edition here. Wakelet version here.
Nothing lasts forever, except perhaps our love for Scully and Mulder. Much of the fandom's rage over the promo misdirect that tried to imply there may be a kiss in the church may last forever as well.....
Written by Karen Nielsen and directed by James Wong, "Nothing Lasts Forever" is the ninth episode of the season and we're almost to the end of the journey. So it seems fitting to have an episode that talks about going to crazy lengths to stop the passage of time.
This was arguably one of the grossest episodes we've had in a long time. But it was one of the most moving as well. Mulder and Scully's conversation in the church left us with a lot to think about. And it sets up endless possibilities for fanfic writers! The Watch Crew had a lot to say about this episode, in between gagging at the more gruesome bits. Here are you best tweets. If Storify isn't working at that link or in the slideshow below, check out this version from Wakelet.
Raise your hand if you've been singing "Mr. Chuckleteeth, happy as can be" since last night. Please, please tell me it's not just me! "Familiar" starts on a creepy note and keeps on building to an end that left many of you wanting to hide under the covers with all the lights left on.
Writer Benjamin Van Allen created a horrifying story that was on par with the scares of the classic X-Files era. Director Holly Dale captured not only the look but the spirit of the forest and surrounding town that we'd come to love while the series was originally in Vancouver.
The Watch Crew had plenty to say about Mr. Chuckleteeth, the Bibbletiggles, and why Mulder still puts evidence in his mouth. Some things never change. Here are your best tweets. If you have trouble with the previous link or slideshow, try this one. Storify is on its way out, unfortunately.
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Tonight's episode touches on a theme from the past with a modern twist: technology run amok. Written by Kristen Cloke Morgan and Shannon Hamblin, the episode takes Mulder and Scully on a wild ride that starts with date night gone terribly wrong and goes from bad to worse as the tech tracks their every move. Scully and Mulder didn't have a whole lot to say but the Watch Crew sure did.
Before we get to the best tweets, I just wanted to acknowledge, with apologies to our International crew, that we closed submissions on Tweets a little earlier than usual for this episode. Normally we collect for 24 hours after the first airing in the U.S. but because your XFN crew is getting ready to cover X-Fest in Illinois we had to move the deadline up in order to have this posted before we have to catch our flight. We're back to our regular schedule through the rest of the season. Without further ado, here are your best tweets.
When word first broke that we were getting a Skinner-centric episode at NYCC in October, we were excited but wondering what to expect. Gabe Rotter's "Kitten" delivered a meaningful story for Walter Sergei Skinner that drew on the tales he'd shared about his Vietnam experiences in earlier episodes. But not only was it moving it was downright scary in parts. The episode also has a very classic X-Files feel to it. Director Carol Banker comes the closest to capturing the look and color palette that I remember so well from the original Vancouver years.
The Watch Crew got a kick out of yet another trip to the forest, and let's just say the wardrobe doesn't go unnoticed. Haley Joel Osment is terrifying. Mulder runs off without backup. Scully comes to the rescue as usual, and in the end we learn why Skinner has stayed where he was all these years. Mitch Pileggi delivers an outstanding performance that had some of you reaching for the tissues. Here are your best tweets.