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The Eleventh Season (also known as Event Series 2) of The X-Files premiered on January 3, 2018, on the Fox network. The season consists of ten episodes and concluded on March 21, 2018.

Season eleven follows FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they search for their son William.


The season will begin airing in the United States during the 2017-18 season.David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively. Creator Chris Carter will also return to write and executive produce. Filming began in August 2017,[1] with an air-date estimated later in the year or early 2018.[2] As well as William B. Davis returning as the villainous Cigarette Smoking ManVeronica Cartwright will be reprising her role as the Smoking Man's ex-wife Cassandra Spender for the first time since the sixth season.[3] Karin Konoval (who played Mrs. Peacock in the controversial season 4 episode "Home") will return to the series in multiple roles. The The Lone Gunmen will appear in some capacity, with Dean Haglund confirmed to be returning as Richard Langly.

The writing staff for the eleventh season consists of Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, James Wong, and newcomers who were all previously part of The X-Files production staff, Gabe Rotter (writers assistant), Benjamin Van Allen (writers assistant) and Brad Follmer (Carter's personal assistant). After controversy sparked regarding the lack of female writers or directors on the series, it was announced in August 2017 that Carol Banker, a script supervisor on the original series who also directed an episode of The Lone Gunmen, and Holly Dale were added as directors.

Gillian Anderson has stated that this would be her last season.[4] Chris Carter hasn't ruled this out as the final season, and it will reportedly end on a cliffhanger.[5]


The season will directly follow on from the season 10 finale and will see the search for Mulder and Scully's son William.


The all-new, 10-episode second installment of THE X-FILES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) event series once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director WALTER SKINNER. Additionally, the all-new episodes will feature guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as "Cigarette Smoking Man." In 2016, THE X-FILES drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was the season's No. 2 broadcast drama, as well as the most talked-about event series on Twitter. Along with Carter, series veteran Glen Morgan serves as an executive producer.

THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully and Mulder, as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

THE X-FILES is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ten Thirteen Productions. Chris Carter is the creator and executive producer of the series. Glen Morgan also serves as an executive producer.


No. Episode Name / Summary
1101 Promotional (8) 2AYW01 "My Struggle III"‡

Picking up after the last event series’ cliffhanger, Mulder and Scully learn that they aren’t the only ones desperately searching for their long-lost son, William. The very fate of the world may depend on it.

1102 Promotional (12) 2AYW02 "This "

An old friend reaches out to Mulder and Scully in a seemingly impossible way, revealing a chilling secret.

Plus One 11 (9) 2AYW03 "Plus One"

A spate of deaths, in which the victims were plagued by their own doppelgangers, lead Mulder and Scully to a pair of twins playing a dangerous game.

Lost Art 1104 (8) 2AYW04 "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat "

The episode explores “the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully find out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated.

1105 Ghouli Promotional Drawing 2AYW05 "Ghouli "‡

When a pair of teenage girls attack one another, each believing the other to be a monster, Mulder and Scully find that their investigation could possibly lead back to their long-lost son, William.

Kitten 019 2AYW06 "Kitten"

Skinner goes AWOL when his past comes back to haunt him. As Mulder and Scully try to track him down, their growing mistrust of him reaches its apex.

TXF S11E07 (5) 2AYW07 "Rm9sbG93ZXJz"

In a world of ever-increasing automation and artificial intelligence, Mulder and Scully find themselves targets in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Familiar Screencap 2AYW08 "Familiar"

Mulder and Scully investigate the brutal animal attack of a little boy in Connecticut, while suspecting darker forces are at play.

XFNothing001 2AYW09 "Nothing Lasts Forever"

While investigating human organ theft, Mulder and Scully uncover a mysterious cult consumed with macabre rituals.

My Struggle IV 010 2AYW10 "My Struggle IV"‡

Mulder and Scully rush to find an on-the-run William while the Cigarette Smoking Man pushes forward with his ultimate plan.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest starring





  • Despite best efforts by producers, Robert Patrick was unable to make an appearance.[6]
  • This is the first season which does not show much of Skinner's office, and was only seen one time during Ghouli. This season also has the least shots of The X - Files office.