Whether you loved the tenth season of The X-Files that popped last year or not, we doubt any fan of the series will be sad that another 10 episodes are on their way – especially considering THAT cliffhanger.

We’re going to avoid spoilers so that the unacquainted can catch up, so there’s much that we can’t mention. But, thanks to Fox chairman Dana Walden’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s current press tour and an EW interview with chairman David Madden, we know a bit more about season 11.

That cliffhanger? It will be resolved, along with another storyline that’s very close to Mulder and Scully. However, eight of the 10 episodes are set to be standalone stories. If they’re as good as Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-monster, which guest starred Rhys Darby, then we’ll be happy little conspiracy-mites.

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Meanwhile, there has been some talk about this season’s writing and directing crew being a total sausage fest – including from star Gillian Anderson. Walden happily announced that series creator Chris Carter has now appointed two female writers and two female directors to the team behind this season. TV Line reports that one of the latter category is Carol Banker, who worked on The X-Files‘ spinoff The Lone Gunmen, while the other director will be Holly Dale, who’s been involved with the likes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Castle, Grimm and Reign.

“I think Chris is moving in the right direction,” Walden said.”I don’t want to make any excuses for anyone. I want to just explain that after 200-plus episodes of a show that has a very deep and specific mythology, where the fanbase has a very high expectation that those episodes are going to deliver on those Easter eggs and they are going to be consistent with those original episodes, the tendency is to want to rely on people that helped you on the original when you’re just doing 10 episodes – and the crew that was with Chris for a very long time happened to be a group of male writers. That is not an excuse, it’s only to explain how we ended up in that situation in the very beginning of this process.”

As for the actual scripts, Walden claimed, “Everyone’s seen the first script and it’s excellent. It’s a very good starting place for the show and we’re excited about the next installment.”

So are we, as we’re in the midst of revisiting all the original episodes in all their lovely remastered Blu-ray glory. We should expect season 11 early in 2018.

Speaking of Mulder and Scully, here’s a fun 1990s memory from Catatonia…

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