**Warning: This article contains spoilers for Dexter. Read at your own risk.**
The Dexter revival will have absolutely no resemblance to the original finale – and thanks goodness for that!
After investing eight whole years of their lives into the character, fans were left disappointed by the ending which finished with Dexter (Michael C Hall) hiding out in Oregon, working for a lumber company.
However, seven years have passed since the show landed on our screens, and it sounds as though we’ll return to the story a whole decade on.
When chatting on The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, the show’s writer Clyde Phillips expressed how even Michael was ‘not fully satisfied’ by the ending – and promised the upcoming 10 episodes will ‘basically start from scratch’.
‘We want this to not be Dexter season nine,’ he explained. ’10 years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage.
‘In 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 for our show, and Showtime was very gracious about that.’
Expressing how the final season didn’t get the best reviews, he pressed: ‘This is an opportunity to make that right, but that’s not why we’re doing it.
‘We’re doing this because there is such a hunger for Dexter out there.
‘We’re not undoing anything. 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.’
The show’s return was confirmed by Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine in a statement.
He said: ‘Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for SHOWTIME, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago.
‘We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.’
He added: ‘Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world!’
Filming is expected to begin in early 2021 with a view to debut the new season later in the year.
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