X-Files boss defends that Agent Scully finale twist

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Warning! Huge spoilers for the season 11 finale of The X-Files are out there. Proceed with caution.

So, after 25 years of searching for The Truth, Agents Scully and Mulder found it in last night's (March 21) season 11 finale of The X-Files, 'My Struggle IV'.

And it turns out that the (definitive) truth is very divisive indeed.

Fans were left completely split over the events in Gillian Anderson's last ever episode, as it was revealed that her and Agent Mulder's son William was not actually Mulder's son at all.

As well as confirming a long-held suspicion that Cigarette Smoking Man was the 'father' of William, Scully revealed that she was pregnant.

So Mulder will be a daddy after all!

Considering Gillian Anderson has departed the cult sci-fi series for good, fans were left pretty damn confused, if not a little unsatisfied, with the ending, but X-Files creator Chris Carter wants fans to know that he has his reasons.

Speaking to TVLine about the finale, Carter defended the cliffhanger by arguing that there will be more X-Files to come in the future, "in some shape or form".

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Related: The X-Files creator is confident that season 12 will happen, even without Gillian Anderson

"I think there are lots more stories to tell and ways to tell them. I'm leaving this as a giant cliffhanger, and Gillian has announced that she's not coming back," he conceded.

"[But] hardcore X-Files fans know there have been no real endings on the show."

Reflecting on the finale's controversial twist, Carter conceded: "People will either love me or hate me. I think they'll have reasons for both.

"It certainly is one of the most interesting cliffhangers that the show has ever had."

Elsewhere in the climactic episode, William – pretending to be Mulder – gets shot 'dead' by CSM, the real Mulder then shoots CSM multiple times, before it's revealed that actually, William survived after all.

At this point, we're not even sure if we could cope with a season 12.

The X-Files airs on Fox in the US and on Channel 5 in the UK.

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