Dexter is coming back for one final run in the form of a limited series revival. While a lot is still unknown as of this moment, here is what we do know about Showtime’s upcoming 10-episode serial killer special.
When the controversial eighth season of Dexter wrapped up in 2013, many thought the series, which was once a Showtime powerhouse, had finished on a sour note.
The entire final season fell flat. Some of its most prominent characters lacked the intrigue and intensity of those in other seasons and the story itself felt convoluted and poorly-written.
While fans have been licking their wounds for the last seven years, trying to erase the bad taste of the finale, a new series has been announced that will hopefully right the wrongs of the past.
What will the Dexter limited series be about?
Season 8 concluded with Dexter in Oregon working for a lumber company after his sister, Debra has died. Meanwhile, his son and Hannah had disappeared to Argentina.
Showrunner Clyde Phillips has explained that while this new 10-episode series won’t undo the prior seasons, it will take place well after the season 8 finale.
“We’re ten years later,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not going to betray the audience and say ‘that was all a dream,’ or whatever it is. What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.”
He also revealed that the setting will be much different than what Dexter fans are used to, with the series not taking place in Miami. However, he refused to elaborate.
That said, it seems like Dexter’s serial killer ways and his Dark Passenger are still guiding him. “It’s what he does with it now that will be the gist of what we’re going to do with this last season,” Phillips explained.
With only ten episodes, there are a lot of ways this series revival could go, but it seems like Showtime supports the plot and script. Showtime President Gary Levine said the network would only bring Dexter back if they, “could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.”
When will the Dexter revival premiere?
While the show doesn’t have a scheduled air time yet, production is set to begin in Winter 2020 and is scheduled to air in Fall 2021.
This means that the show should start between September 22, 2021 and December 21, 2021.
In the past, all Dexter seasons (except season 8) have begun in late September or early October, so expect to see that trend continue.
Who is returning for Dexter in 2021?
So far, only Michael C. Hall is scheduled to return as series protagonist, but Showrunner Clyde Phillips did hint that we could see Jennifer Carpenter return as Debra Morgan or others return as ghosts.
When asked about returning characters, Phillips said, “There is some flexibility to do some movie magic” but regarding Debra specifically, he couldn’t comment.
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It would be awesome to see the likes of David Zayas or C. S. Lee come back and play their roles as Miami Metro’s Batista and Vince Masuka. They were still alive when the series originally ended, so there is a chance that they return in some capacity, but so far, nothing is confirmed.
There is still a lot of time until the new series debuts, but be sure to be on the lookout for more info as production ramps up.