Deb is back, but not back from the dead (Picture: Randy Tepper/Showtime/FOX)
We were all a bit confused as to how Jennifer Carpenter was returning to Dexter, seeing as her character Debra Morgan died in the series finale.
But now, it all makes sense.
Jennifer, 41, has revealed she is coming back as a ‘new and imaginary iteration of Debra’ to the limited series Dexter: New Blood, with Deb taking over as the new version of Harry Morgan.
Fans of the dark drama, about a blood spatter analyst who moonlights as a serial killer taking down bad guys, will remember that Dexter (Michael C Hall) was often visited by an apparition of his late father Harry (James Remar), who taught him how to use his murderous urges to kill criminals who had evaded justice.
Now Debra will take over that role, to ‘haunt’ her adoptive brother.
Speaking on the Television Critics Association’s summer tour, Jennifer explained: ‘I don’t think of her as a ghost [but] more of a link or an echo or an inconvenient truth for Dexter.
‘[She] comes back to sort of haunt and punish and caretake and provoke and love [him].’
Deb died in the season eight finale (Picture: Showtime)
Michael, 50, added that he thinks Debra represents ‘how far he’s fallen… without a compass.’
The actor said: ‘I was so excited about Jennifer doing this because I knew she would be able to shape shift and come at Dexter from so many different places.
’It was really fun to crack open our sense of [Dexter]’s internal landscape, because it’s much more pyrotechnic and crazy than it used to be.’
Not only did Michael and Jennifer star alongside each other on Dexter from 2006 until 2013, but they were married in real life between 2008 and 2011.
The eighth and final season of Dexter saw Deb in a vegetative state at the hospital after she is shot by serial killer Oliver Saxon.
After killing Saxon, Dexter steals his sister’s body from the hospital and buries her at sea, before sailing off into the eye of a storm.
His shattered boat is found and Dexter is presumed dead – but it turns out he has faked his own death and is now living in Oregon, working for a lumber company.
The finale was met with very mixed reviews and Michael has since admitted that he found the finale ‘infuriating’ too.
Dexter: New Blood won’t pick up where the show left off, instead shooting forward by a decade and finding Dexter living in New York under a new name.
While Deb will return from the dead (kind of), John Lithgow’s iconic Trinity Killer will also make an appearance from the grave, with the actor teasing he will star in a flashback.
Dexter: New Blood begins November 7 on Showtime.