Dexter showrunner reveals limited series revival starring Michael C. Hall in titular role will be more like a second finale… following bitter criticism over series ending in 2013
Dexter -the Showtime serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall- is getting a one-season revival.
And now returning showrunner Clyde Phillips is opening up about how the new season will have a far different look from what fans might be expecting.
Set in Miami, the original series received widespread acclaim, particularly during the first four seasons. But for many fans and critics, the eighth and final season, especially the series finale, did not live up to expectations.
More juicy details: Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips gave some more insight into what fans can expect from upcoming reboot, starring Michael C. Hall
In the series finale that aired in 2013, Hall‘s titular character, Dexter Morgan, faked his own death and went into a self-imposed exile, living a solitary life as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest.
The upcoming 10-episode limited series at Showtime picks up where the original show left off in the final season.
‘We basically do get to start from scratch,’ Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Top 5 Podcast before adding, ‘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. 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.’
A new finale for Dexter: The upcoming 10-episode limited Showtime series on picks up where season eight left off, with Dexter living in solitude as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest
Another stab: Phillips maintains the limited series ‘will have no resemblance to how the original finale was’ and that it will be ‘a great opportunity to write a second finale’
Phillips, who served as an executive producer on the show for the first four seasons, acknowledged how fans, and even Hall, weren’t pleased with the finale.
‘This is an opportunity to make that right. But that’s not why we’re doing it,’ he explained.
‘We’re not undoing anything. We’re not going to betray the audience and say, “Whoops, that was all a dream.” What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.’
Phillips also shared about how the passionate fanbase played a vital role in getting them both back onboard to revisit the franchise — not the lasting disappointment over the finale.
Another round: Both Phillips and Hall are eager to rewrite Dexter’s ending, all while still acknowledging and respecting the previous eight seasons (2006-2013)
Production on the upcoming limited miniseries is expected to begin in early 2021, with a tentative premiere date of fall 2021.
Based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, as well as other titles in the book series, the original show ran from 2006 to 2013.
Hall was riveting and infectious as Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, who’s also a serial killer who curbs his thirst for blood by killer other serial killers who’ve escaped justice from the law.
During the initial announcement of the reboot earlier in the week, Showtime Entertainment President Gary Levine described Dexter as ‘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.
Dream team: Hall, 49, worked alongside Phillips for the first four seasons; he served as an executive producer on what many fans and critics consider were the most riveting seasons (the leading man is pictured in April 2018)
Back to work: The serial killer crime drama is slated to begin production on the limited series in early 2021, with a tentative premiere date of fall 2021
Levine added, ‘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!’
[SPOILER] The final episode saw Dexter dump the body of his comatose adopted sister Deb (played by Jennifer Carpenter, 40, to whom Hall was married from 2008 to 2011) in the ocean, after sending his love interest Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and son Harrison to live in Argentina.
Dexter subsequently faked his own death, starting over as a lumberjack in the solitude of Oregon’s wilderness, a move that felt out of character for the show’s loyal fans.
Showrunner Scott Buck defended the finale to Entertainment Weekly at the time: ‘Even if i don’t write an episode, I’m still in charge. I take full responsibility. We all work cohesively as a team.
‘If people think the final episode stood out, it’s probably because it’s been sitting in my mind for so long. It’s a difficult question to answer.’
Executive producer Sara Colleton added: ‘I try not to read any of the blogs because then I become paralyzed. If they knew how much we agonized internally about everything… if we then tried to factor in an assortment of opinions it would dilute the process.’
Beloved antihero: The original show starred Hall as the titular Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, who’s also a serial killer who curbs his thirst for blood by killer other serial killers who’ve escaped justice from the law
Story worth telling: A statement from Showtime read: ‘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!’
Failed finale: The divisive 2013 finale saw Dexter fake his own death, starting over as a lumberjack in the solitude of Oregon’s wilderness, a move that felt out of character for the show’s loyal fans
Hall later sympathized with the fans in 2014, while offering a diplomatic justification for his character’s journey.
He told IGN: ‘I honestly find it to be a pretty dark ending, and I think it upset a lot of people. Certainly, the shakiness of certain aspects of the eighth season maybe made that ending less palatable to people.
‘I don’t think people were ready to be told that, because they were already feeling a sense of ambivalence for the show. But the idea that he imprisons himself in a prison of his own making I think is fitting [for the character].’
The Six Feet Under star added: ‘It’s tricky. Sometimes I wish he’d offed himself, wish he’d died, wish Deb had shot him in that train compartment – of course, that would have made an eighth season difficult to do.’
Phillips also revealed after the finale that he’d planned to end the series with Dexter waking up on an execution table at a Florida penitentiary, with all his victims sitting in the gallery, watching him go out.
He told E! News: ‘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.’
Although specific plot details have been revealed for the upcoming limited series, perhaps Phillips will finally use the storyline to finally kill off the protagonist.
Alternate ending: Phillips revealed after the finale that he’d planned to end the series with Dexter waking up on an execution table at a Florida penitentiary, with all his victims sitting in the gallery, watching him go out
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