FOX’s official trailer for The X-Files season 11 sees Mulder and Scully begin a desperate search for their long-lost son William. From the moment a fearful Scully gave William up for adoption during season 9, fans always assumed that there would eventually be some kind of resolution to his story, and it looks that is finally about to happen. The return of Mulder and Scully’s child was heavily foreshadowed during season 10 as well, so Chris Carter and company have clearly been planning this development for awhile.
While it’s taken a bit longer than most fans would like, next year will see the much anticipated premiere of X-Files season 11, which consists of 10 episodes. Per Carter, eight of these episodes will be standalone stories, while two will further the series’ ongoing conspiracy mythology. Fans can expect to see a bunch of familiar faces too, including A.D. Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), the enigmatic Cigarette-Smoking Man (William B. Davis.), and Special Agents Miller (Robbie Amell) and Einstein (Lauren Ambrose), who joined the cast in season 10.
While the season 11 trailer doesn’t reveal a specific premiere date, it does provide fans with their first detailed look at what’s to come. As revealed by previously released photos, Mulder and Scully have swapped places from where they were at the end of season 10, with Scully now in a desperate medical situation. What causes this change still has yet to be explained, but it’s a good bet that CSM is involved somehow. Check out the full trailer above.
Interestingly, the above trailer isn’t completely clear about whether or not finding William will actually be a good thing. Due to the way the trailer is edited, Scully’s line about Mulder having to find someone and stop them from unleashing hell on Earth seems like it could be referring to William, which would certainly be an intriguing way to go with the character. Of course, Scully could also just as easily be referring to CSM, who always seems to be working on some apocalyptic plot or another.
In another interesting turn of events, it looks like Skinner might have been lured over to the dark side. CSM is shown offering some kind of deal to Skinner, and Scully later tells Skinner that she and Mulder need his help, even if they don’t trust him. Skinner has always been the one person Mulder and Scully could truly count on within the FBI ranks, and if they’ve lost him, they may have lost everything. Then again, Skinner has shown himself to be a shrewd tactician in the past, and one wonders if he’s simply stringing CSM along in order to acquire useful information.
The X-Files season 11 premieres on FOX in 2018.
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