Michael C. Hall, who played Dexter Morgan for 8 seasons on the popular Showtime series says he still hasn’t watched the final episode and maybe the show lost some torque after saying on the air so long….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The series finale phenomenon is one that strikes home with just about every TV viewer who has ever fallen in love with a show and wants that ultra satisfying end game to help close the door and bring the story to a conclusion.
‘The Sopranos’ might have been the first truly maligned series finale that had half of the audience saying ‘bravo’ and the other half saying ‘that’s it?’. ‘Lost’ managed to do much of the same thing while other series such as ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Smallville’ left their audiences with a definitive answer and a bookend to close the show.
There didn’t seem to be much debate when it came to the Showtime series ‘Dexter’ and how the show ended a few months ago — nobody seemed to like it very much. As a brief reminder for those that need a refresher — Dexter’s sister Deb dies, his serial killer girlfriend Hannah leaves the country with his son Harrison, while he takes his boat into a hurricane in the middle of the ocean. Instead of dying, however, Dexter is seen at some point later in life working as a lumberjack complete with a ginger beard living in a shack somewhere in the northwest. Fade to black.
Needless to say the hordes of ‘Dexter’ fans who stuck around with the show for eight seasons were nearly riotous in their reaction for how the show ended, and now it seems even show star and executive producer Michael C. Hall wasn’t the biggest fan of the finale.
Speaking to the Daily Beast about his new project (where he also plays a killer funny enough), Hall admits that he’s still never watched the final product, but ultimately exhaustion in the writer’s room after maybe sticking around for a couple of seasons too many did them in and the show suffered because of it.
“Liked it? I don’t think I even watched it,” Hall said. “I thought it was narratively satisfying, but it was not so savory. I think the show had lost a certain amount of torque. Just inherently because of how long we’d done it, because of the storytelling capital we’d spent, because our writers may have been gassed.
“Maybe some people wanted a more satisfying, maybe they wanted a happy ending for him, either a happy ending or a more definitive sense of closure. They wanted him to die or something, but I think the fact that he’s sort of exiled in a prison of his own making is, for my money, pretty fitting.”
Hall has moved on from ‘Dexter’ to a new role in an indie movie called ‘Cold in July’ while rumors still circulate about him possibly filling a role in the new Marvel/Netflix series for ‘Daredevil’.
The final season of ‘Dexter’ is available on blu-ray and DVD now.