“Dexter” will hunt again with a new 10 episode limited series ordered at Showtime with Michael C. Hall set to return as the iconic serial killer…
Dexter Morgan is back.
On Wednesday, Showtime announced plans for “Dexter” to return for a 10 episode limited series with Michael C. Hall set to reprise his role as the iconic serial killer.
— Dexter on Showtime (@SHO_Dexter) October 14, 2020
“Dexter” ran for eight seasons on Showtime while accumulating 24 Emmy nominations as well as a couple of wins including John Lithgow for his outstanding performance as the Trinity Killer in season 4. While fans fell in love with “Dexter” for several seasons, the show started to lose its steam in the later years before eventually ending with a dramatic thud.
The series finale of “Dexter” is widely considered one of the worst in television history as Dexter Morgan handed over his son Harrison to his girlfriend Hannah to raise in Argentina while he drove off on his boat along with his sister’s comatose body into raging storm headed for Miami. The series ended with the revelation that Dexter was still alive and he was working as a lumberjack in a logging operation somewhere near parts unknown.
It’s unclear if the new limited series will seek to carry on Dexter’s story after he’s stopped chopping down trees or if perhaps the show will rectify the colossal mistakes of that final season and give the serial killer who stalks criminals a proper ending.
One thing is for certain — Clyde Phillips will be back at showrunner for this limited “Dexter” series and he will have Hall as his leading man. Phillips was the original showrunner through the first four critically acclaimed seasons of the show before he left the series.
It must be noted back in 2013 when “Dexter” came to a close, Phillips revealed his plans for the finale before he left the show.
“In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
Is it possible Phillips puts together a limited series with some version of this as the conclusion? It remains to be seen as well as word on whether or not any of the previous cast from “Dexter” will be returning to the show.
“’Dexter’ is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime, said in a statement. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”
“Dexter” is expected to go back into production in early 2021 with a debut date on Showtime still to be determined.