Dexter returns: Will Showtime’s Dexter revival change the series finale ending?
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Showtime series Dexter aired between 2006 and 2013 and turned its lead Michael C. Hall into a huge star as the titular blood spatter analyst by day and ethical serial killer by night. The show won many awards during its run including several for Hall. Despite being a huge success with critics and fans alike, its popularity dwindled, and the show was wrapped up on an ambivalent and highly controversial note.
Will Showtime’s Dexter revival change the series finale ending?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Dexter
Season eight finished with Dexter Morgan going into hiding and becoming a lumberjack in the remote wilds of Oregon.
Dexter had been planning to flee America with his love interest Hannah McKay (played by Yvonne Strahovski) and his son Harrison (Jadon Wells), but this was all scuppered by an attack on his sister Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter).
The former member of the Miami Police Department fled after facing tragedy when his sister Debra was left braindead following an attack by serial killer Oliver Saxon (Darri Ingólfsson).
She suffered a stroke which left her in a vegetative state, leading Dexter to murder Saxon in revenge for his sister.
Dexter was caught killing Saxon on CCTV but somehow managed to persuade the authorities it was an act of self-defence rather than retribution for this sister.
He then switched off Debra’s life support after realising he’d lost her forever and took her body with him as he embarked on a new journey.
Hannah and Harrison went to Jacksonville for safety, but Dexter decided to fake his own death and start afresh by himself escaping on a boat.
At the time, the series finale caused an uproar with the creators even having to defend the lacklustre conclusion.
However, with news Showtime is going to be bringing the series back for a limited outing, it seems redemption could be on the cards for all those fans who felt wronged the first time around.
Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast TV’s Top 5, Dexter’s showrunner Clyde Phillips elaborated on the forthcoming limited series which is anticipated for release in late 2021.
There will be eight episodes in the new limited series and they will pick up after the series finale.
Phillips said: “We want this to not be Dexter season nine.
“Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage.
“In so far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was.
“It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale for our show, and Showtime was very gracious about that.”
His words strongly suggest the writers and programme-makers will be able to reshape the end of Dexter for a more satisfying close.
Phillips admitted actor Hall was not “completely satisfied” with the finale either and the limited series was an “opportunity to make that right”.But he said this wasn’t the reason for bringing the show back to screens – instead it was for the avid fans still wanting more from the story.
He went on to say: “We’re not undoing anything. We’re not doing movie-magic.
“We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Oop, that was all a dream.’
“What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.”
Dexter seasons 1 to 8 are streaming on NOW TV now
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