American’s favorite serial killer is coming back.
Showtime has ordered a limited series revival of bloody drama “Dexter” and star Michael C. Hall will return to the title role. It will be 10 episodes long, and further plot details are under wraps.
“Dexter” originally ran for eight seasons (2006 to 2013), following the titular Miami-based serial killer, played by Hall, 49. He made the unusual choice to only target fellow serial killers as his victims — all while working for the police department, right under the noses of those who might put him behind bars.
The show enjoyed critical acclaim during its run, including a slew of Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. However, a revival is an audacious choice because — like “Lost,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Game of Thrones” — it didn’t exactly have a beloved ending.
As a refresher, at the close of the eighth and final season, Dexter’s sister (and sort-of love interest) Debra Morgan — played by Hall’s real-life ex-wife, Jennifer Carpenter — dies, and Dexter sends his kid off to live with his serial-killer girlfriend, Hannah (“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Yvonne Strahovski). As for Dexter himself? Rather than give him a logical end the show was leading to — such as death or jail or perhaps continued life as a serial killer — the show made the baffling choice to end with him becoming a lumberjack.
Nothing “Dexter” did up to that point had remotely set that up. It was so random and nonsensical, it’s an ending that lives in TV infamy as an example to all showrunners of what not to do.
But now, it won’t be the last word anymore. Will the revival attempt to undo it? Will it lean into it, and explore his life as a lumberjack? Time will tell.
It doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but production is set for 2021.
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