The upcoming season of The X-Files will drop the ‘alien mythology’ storyline, FOX has claimed.
The supernatural mystery series will return for its 11th season next year, with FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) returning to tackle another handful of eerie supernatural crimes.
Since its inception in 1993, the series has had a long-running arc that focused on alien invasions and cover-ups, with Mulder constantly trying to figure out what’s going on.
Last year’s season saw a return to that storyline, with a mass abduction occurring in the final episode.
Now, FOX bosses have claimed that the 11th season will move away from the overreaching arc, with the focus instead being on standalone episodes.
These “monster-of-the-week” episodes historically comprised of over half of the original X-Files run, with many fan favourites coming from this style of story.
Reportedly 8 of the 10 new episodes will follow this type of structure, with the other 2 presumably wrapping up the long-running and rather convoluted alien mythology, which has previously included shady FBI agents, aliens bounty hunters and more.
FOX Entertainment chairman David Madden said in an interview that the creators had tweaked the format in response to some of the complaints about last year’s season 10.
“We're really proud of last season. We had the responsibility to explain to the audience what had happened in the intervening seven or eight years.
"We're free from that responsibility this time and can just plunge in and tell the stories. We're having a lot of fun doing it. Eight of the episodes will be stand-alone stories so they will be classic 'Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures'."
Season 10 also included a plotline of Mulder and Scully trying to find their long-lost son, which Madden claims will also be resolved.
"We start the season right up from where the season finale left off with that big helicopter and takes you right from there. You'll be launched into a very urgent adventure that has a lot to do with William — Mulder and Scully's kid.”
You can watch all 10 seasons of The X-Files on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Source: Digital Spy