More than seven years after what can only be described as a disappointing ending for Showtime's Dexter, the hit series is returning with Michael C. Hall set to reprise his iconic role. Launching back in 2006, Dexter told the frequently thrilling story of the titular character who worked for the Miami Police Department as a blood spatter pattern analyst. A somewhat ironic profession as Dexter also happens to be a prolific serial killer, who uses the lessons taught to him by his late adopted cop father Harry only to unleash his inner killer on criminals.
Running for eight seasons, Dexter came to an end in 2013 with a finale that continues to divide fan opinions. I was a big fan of the first four seasons, the fourth being particularly memorable for John Lithgow's chilling performance as the Trinity Killer. However, the show did noticeably dip for its subsequent four seasons. The exit of original showrunner Clyde Phillips might have had something to do with that, but Phillips will be returning to his role to shepherd the new limited series.
Showtime's Gary Levine (Co-President of Entertainment) announced in a statement via Deadline that Philips and Hall have found a worthy story to revisit the character.
“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. 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.”
We're going to get very spoiler-filled about Dexter's finale now so if you've not seen it now is an excellent time to read something else. The writers were given one explicit instruction on the finale, "Don't kill Dexter", and they didn't. After seemingly meeting his maker, Dexter was revealed to be living under a new name far from Miami. Hannah was raising his son (Harrison), and by all accounts, Dexter had fooled everybody in believing he was dead. So, it's going to have to be something pretty important to coax Dexter out of hiding, perhaps his now teenage estranged son Harrison is having some trouble with his own dark passenger. Dexter deserved a better ending than it got, and they've left it just long enough for fans like me to be actively excited to see Dexter again.
Production is set to start later this year for a 2021 launch.