The X-Files will limit Season 11 mytharc episodes in favor of standalones

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:27 AM EDT (Updated)

At title level, The X-Files promises spooky adventure with paranoid hi-jinks. But Fox Entertainment chairman David Madden just made another promise about the show: there will only be two “mythology” episodes in the upcoming Season 11 -- the premiere and the finale.

“Eight of the episodes will be standalone stories so they will be classic ‘Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures’” said Madden, according to Entertainment Weekly,

As fans of The X-Files know, episodes originally came in two flavors: “monster of the week” standalone episodes and the “mytharc” ones, which told a long, sprawling tale of alien abduction and government conspiracy. The mytharc was more complicated than complex, and ultimately wasn’t as compelling as the producers (and fans) had hoped it would be.

However, it will still be essential to the upcoming season. When last we left our heroes, Fox Mulder was actively dying from the alien Spartan Virus, and Dana Scully was staring a UFO in the face. Madden promises to resolve this as well.

“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. so the search for William will be a significant thread through the show.”

William's blood holds the key to the cure for Mulder. But Scully gave him away in a closed adoption, to protect him from the alien conspiracy secret society whatsis.

Thanks for the guarantee of limiting the mythology, Madden. If you keep the show strong, I promise to continue watching it. What about you?