Entertainment Weekly debuts first look at The X Files season 11

The X Files season 11 is busy filming  for a (likely) early 2018 return for ten new episodes. And Entertainment Weekly has teased some of what we can expect with two exclusive images and some information from the series' showrunner Chris Carter himself...

First up is the image of Mulder and Scully, which is quite different to how we left them in the season 10 finale My Struggle II . The last we saw Mulder, he was at death's door as he succumbed to the alien virus, while Scully rushed to find the cure. However it seems there roles have been reversed in the season opener, which Carter said he planned it all along, noting slyly “everything is by design.”

Carter has also suggested that Mulder and Scully will go closer again (which will surely please shippers everywhere) while the search for their son William will be prominent, Carter stating  “William has been an absent center. He will come to the fore.

The other picture reveal shows the new conspiracy at force, with newcomer Barbara Hershey at the centre as well as a new character mysterious called Mr Y.

Carter also promised that the new season will delve deeper into the controversial betrayal by Annabeth Gish's Agent Reyes (let's hope the rumours of Robert Patrick's return as John Doggett are also true) while Mitch Pileggi Assistant Director Walter Skinner will finally get something interesting to do after being largely wasted in season 10. As well as teasing a new angle on Skinner, Carter also stated that “familiar alliances are rattled.

The preview also revealed that there will be eight monster-of-the-week episodes between the season opener and closer mythology installments, the first episode will delves once more into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s (William B. Davis) backstory, the second episode will have a time jump and episode three is a darkly comedic hour, penned by Carter himself and focusing on doubles and doppelgängers. There will also be more exploration of Scully’s abduction and the chip that was implanted in her neck, suggesting that thew show will be embracing the original mythology more and more.

There's a lot to be excited about when The X Files returns next year. And if you're catching up on old episodes before the show's return, you can check out our previous revisit of stories from every season in our The X Files Revisited here.

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