The X-Files is over. With the latest season of the hit sci-fi show done and dusted, the question of moving on without Scully remains.
A Bloody Ending
Creator Chris Carter confirmed that the finale episode, replete with cliffhangers, was not necessarily meant to signal the end of the series, which is good news for fans eager for more from Mulder and Scully.
Wednesday's gory episode saw practically every character confronting death. The show killed off all possible characters it can afford to, with Big Bad the Cigarette Smoking Man laying waste with a deadly contagion.
Meanwhile, Mulder and Scully desperately searched for their son. It was later revealed that William wasn't Mulder's biological child but the product of a drug-induced forced-impregnation.
Although series stalwart Gillian Anderson, who plays Scully, has repeatedly said this is the end for her character, she finished the episode telling Mulder she was pregnant with his baby.
Whether this is a fitting end for her character is up to the audience, but there are certainly those who would've preferred Scully to go out in a badass blaze of glory rather than revealing she was with child.
Is This Really The End?
X-Files creator Chris Carter said he couldn't imagine the show not returning, whether it's for another traditional season or otherwise.
"I can't imagine the show won't come back in some shape or form. Certainly you're going to see an answer to the question that's posed," he revealed.
As for how he approached the season finale, knowing Anderson wouldn't be coming back, Carter admitted there wasn't too much to reconsider there.
"It was no different than what I always wanted to leave fans with: she has an enduring love for Mulder," he said.
He confirmed the child Scully is carrying is Mulder's, but also revealed that Scully has alien DNA, which may complicate matters.
Taking The Story Elsewhere
On what happens next, if indeed there is a next time, Carter was coy.
"It is out of my hands. I have to wait for a lot of things that have nothing to do with storytelling and they have to do with a corporate story now being told," he said, referring to Fox's sale to Disney.
As for whether the series could continue elsewhere, Carter admitted The X-Files, and Mulder and Scully's story could be told in prequels, spinoffs, or even graphic novels.
He is, however, excited to see whether a Broadway musical takes form at some stage.