Well, they couldn’t wait eight years to reopen The X-Files, just to leave off on that insane cliffhanger, right? FOX finally got their act together, preparing a proper revival for Mulder and Scully with an expanded-order eleventh (and final?) season.

FOX confirmed the news late Thursday, noting that Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter were all aboard for a full ten episodes (compared with a meager six for the first revival). Production will begin in summer for a 2017-2018 premiere, and there’s already key art:

The X Files Season 11 Poster

Says FOX:

Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.

FOX had teased in January that an announcement could be coming “shortly,” while co-head Dana Walden said that a new season would likely run longer than six episodes, potentially as high as ten. Before that, David Duchovny agreed with the call for more episodes, while Gillian Anderson claimed not to have been approached about further revivals.

Ten episodes will naturally offer a more robust X-Files story than the awkward, re-shuffled mix of mythology and stand-alone episodes we got the first time, but should Mulder and Scully finally close the case with Season 11?

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