As one of the most popular television series of the past decade, Showtime’s Dexter has been speculated to return after its eight-season run over a span of seven years. Starring Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a psychopathic forensic analyst for Miami PD during the day and a vigilante by the night who satiates his bloodlust by killing heinous criminals who slip through the justice system, Dexter had received universal acclaim for its first four seasons. However, the quality significantly dipped in the later seasons, to the much dismay of fans.
Last aired back in September, 2013, the finale of Dexter was criticized by many fans which led to speculations of the show returning in some capacity to correct some of its wrongs that had led to the show’s significant loss in terms of ratings and viewership. Now after seven long years since its last episode, America’s favorite serial killer is officially confirmed to return on Showtime for a limited series scheduled to premiere next year.
As per the report from The Illuminerdi, Michael C. Hall will return for a 10 episodes limited series that will act as a second finale to the show, as confirmed by executive producer Clyde Phillips. Instead of aiming to create a ninth season, the showrunner is focused on showcasing the passage of time since the last time we saw Dexter Morgan working for a lumber company in Oregon.
“We basically do get to start from scratch,” executive producer Clyde Phillips previously told THR. “We want this to not be Dexter season 9. Ten years have passed – or however many years have passed by the time this will air – and the show will reflect that time passage. Insofar as the ending of the show: this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was – and it’s a great opportunity to write a second finale for a show, and Showtime was very gracious about that.”
For the upcoming limited series, showrunner Clyde Phillips is pitting Michael C. Hall’s Dexter against a mysterious new character, far from the beaches of Miami in a Northeast American town. Though no official cast has been announced, rumors of John Cusack playing this mysterious new role have been making the rounds.
They are currently casting for an approximately 50 year old man named Kurt. Kurt was born in a Northeast American town, where our story seems to take place, and eventually became a trucker. After trucking for many years, he came to own the local truck stop in town, and established himself as a beloved leader in the community. This handsome, commanding man, a true man of the people, “pulled himself up by the bootstraps and realized the American dream”. His son, Matthew has created many “messes” over the years, messes that are cleaned up by Kurt with wealth he has amassed throughout his lifetime.
As one of the shows with record-breaking viewership on Showtime, the legacy of Dexter lies heavily on the upcoming limited series. With many fans left dismayed due to the wasted potential of the last four seasons and fan-favorite characters like Angel Batista and Debra Morgan, the mysterious new character ‘Kurt’ should be as good as the Ice Truck Killer, if not better, to redeem the show of its divisive finale.
Dexter is scheduled to premiere somewhere in late 2021.