Let’s just get straight to the point. The finale of Dexter sucked. They killed a main character we loved, left storylines on a cliffhanger, and reduced the most badass serial killer to a bearded mountain man chopping wood. Well luckily, that isn’t going to be the final chapter on the life of Dexter Morgan.
Up above we have our first look at the return of Michael C. Hall as ‘Dexter’ in the upcoming revival of Showtime’s iconic serial killer show. Looking down the camera in that fourth wall-breaking way that he does so well, the image comes from a Viacom sizzle reel, which was recently released for investors. While the footage only offered a very quick glimpse of Dexter’s comeback, from the looks of the wry smile, Hall has effortlessly stepped back into the shoes of lovable killer.
The Showtime series is returning only in a limited fashion, as the press release notes that this revival will be a 10-part limited series. When describing the project to ET, Michael C. Hall noted that this new season will serve as a “10-hour movie” that’ll try to serve as a more fitting farewell than the previous series finale. While Dexter fans will get a chance to spend some more time with the serial killer, it’ll only last a little while. He’ll be gone again before you know it.
Thus far, Michael C. Hall is the only original cast member confirmed for this revival, which makes sense based on how Dexter (originally) concluded. That said, the possibility of a few other characters coming back into the fold isn’t out-of-the-question. But we (probably) won’t learn about any cameos until after this revival’s fall premiere.
Iconic villain actor, Clancy Brown, is set to play the antagonist in the series revival and we are already chomping at the bit to see him square off against Dexter Morgan.
Rather than follow the events of the finale, according to Michael C. Hall, this revival will take place several years after this previous conclusion, with the lead character almost a decade older, mastering a different trade, and filled with brand new life (and death) experiences that we’ll discover soon enough.
When Dexter aired its final hour, the reactions weren’t kind, to say the least. Following a stellar early run, the Showtime series started to lose its way in its later seasons, resulting in a series finale that was largely pannedby critics and fans alike. In fact, for many TV lovers, the ending is called the absolute worst series finale in television history, which is an awfully bold statement. While this revival might not reach the same heights as the first four seasons, it’s hard to imagine it being much worse than the finale we already got, and Michael C. Hall is hoping the revival will fix the finale’s faults.
Helping send the series off hopefully in a more satisfying manner will be the series original showrunner Clyde Phillips.
In addition to Michael C. Hall and Clancy Brown lending their established talents, this Dexter revival will feature a number of familiar or fresh-faced supporting stars, including Julia Jones (The Mandolorian), Alano Miller (Sylvie’s Love), Johnny Sequoyah (Believe), David Magidoff (The Morning Show), and Jack Alcott (The Good Lord Bird). Expect some more names to be announced in the weeks ahead as production gears up.
Now it’s now guaranteed this revival will right the wrongs of the finale but this news so far is promising.