My Struggle IV



Critic Consensus: "My Struggle IV" ends the season -- and possibly the series -- on a sour note void of actor chemistry, a gratifying conclusion, or any kind of fitting farewell to The X-Files' leading lady.

Episode Info

In the Season 11 finale, Mulder and Scully rush to find an on-the-run William, while the Cigarette Smoking Man pushes forward with his ultimate plan.


David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
William B. Davis
as Cigarette Smoking Man
Miles Robbins
as William/Jackson Van De Kamp
Annabeth Gish
as Monica Reyes
Joel McHale
as Tad O'Malley
Barbara Hershey
as Erika Price
Sarah Jeffery
as Brianna Stapleton
Madeleine Arthur
as Sarah Arthur
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Critic Reviews for My Struggle IV

After 25 years, 11 seasons, two movies, and so much drama, it feels impossible to ever say goodbye to The X-Files. But if this is the final send-off, it's one we can accept.

Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Outside of the Mulder/Scully happy ending (and yes, I see that as a happy ending), this episode was a mess.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to tear everything down, and mercilessly.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

I hope that Gillian knows that we see her, we see what has been done to her and to Scully, and we aren't sitting still for it.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

As Mulder said in last week's episode, "I always wondered how this would end." We just hoped it wouldn't end how we always wondered it would.

Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 5.1/10 | Full Review…

Come on, after watching "My Struggle IV," can you really blame her? Gillian Anderson was right to leave The X-Files...The show's central chemistry was so off, why would Anderson want to come back for more?

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

"My Struggle IV" wasn't exactly the best close out for the show, but its focus on William (and not the global pandemic plot) allowed it to rise above the other mythology episodes from these revival seasons.

Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

"My Struggle IV'"feels more like a great undoing to open the series up to the possibility of more than it does a definitive end. That being said, it can still work as a series finale, albeit one born more from fatigue than the pursuit of satisfaction.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Wednesday's season finale likely spells the finish for the show as we've known it, and provided welcome elements of closure, however rushed and flat-out goofy some of them felt.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"My Struggle IV" was not a good episode of television. It sure was wild, though. Chris Carter has left a curious legacy for himself in this revival.

Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…