Late last year, Gillian Anderson announced that the forthcoming eleventh season of the X-Files would be final run as intrepid FBI Agent Dana Scully. Naturally, this has led to widespread speculation that the X-Files would be coming to a permanent end. In the time since Anderson's announcement, X-Files creator Chris Carter has voiced his desire to make more episodes, but it remains unclear if Mulder or Scully will be back. In an exclusive interview with Digital Spy, Carter revealed what the future might hold for the iconic series.

"I think that certainly, The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without. I'm sorry to see her go; I've never actually considered doing this show without her, so is this the end? It's the end of something; I don't know if it's the beginning of something new. But certainly, we will have to all put our heads together and figure out where to go from here."

Carter also addressed how the series could continue without Gillian Anderson.

"I always thought of David the way I thought about the child William [Mulder and Scully's child], as an absent centre. Even when he wasn't there, he was the centre of everyone's concern, and the stories revolved around him. I think that's an interesting problem for storytellers and I think that if The X-Files is to go forward then Scully would be a similar absent centre."

While Agents Monica Reyes and John Doggett did a fine job filling in for Mulder during his absence during most of seasons eight and nine. I think we can all agree that those two seasons are the least enjoyable overall. Far be it from me to disagree with Chris Carter, but maybe it's time for the X-Files to have another long rest. The appeal of the revived series is the return of Mulder and Scully, and the fan reactions to their potential replacements Agents Miller and Einstein were decidedly mixed.

Should the season eleven finale be the last we see of the X-Files, Carter has promised that My Struggle IV will offer answers and a cliffhanger of sorts.

"It's a culmination of the ten episodes and it's a culmination of a storyline. I can tell you that it involves their son, who they've always considered to be their son, revelations there. It will certainly be looked upon as a cliffhanger of sorts, but also an episode that answers so many questions."

The X-Files continues in the UK on Channel 5 Mondays at 9pm