Showrunner gives details on Dexter revival: “This is an opportunity to make that right”

Dexter, Showtime’s friendly serial killer drama, returns for a new finale the showrunner promises will make things “right.”

Since Dexter went off the air in 2013, fans have clamored for a more satisfying ending. The original had our favorite serial killer-killing serial killer retiring to become a lumberjack, which left a lot of fans unsatisfied. Really, until the Game of Thrones ending came along to give it some competition, Dexter’s big finish was among the most disliked TV endings out there.

So when we got news that Showtime would be mounting a 10-episode revival of the show starring original series lead Michael C. Hall, fans started to wonder what form it would take. New showrunner Clyde Phillips gave fans a sense of what to expect while appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast.

We want this to not be Dexter Season 9. 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 reiterated that the revival won’t “undo” anything that happened in the series finale (sorry, Deb). However, he’s still looking to somewhat salvage the finale’s reputation. “This is an opportunity to make that right,” he said. “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.”

As for details, the new episodes will jump forward in time; as much time has passed for Dexter as has passed in the real world. Who wants to bet there have been a lot of mysterious disappearances in that logging community over the past seven years?

Phillips worked on the show for its first four seasons, widely considered its best. It’s been a while, but given that both Phillips and Hall are on board, here’s hoping the revival can erase the bad taste season 8 left in our mouth.

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