Michael C Hall is returning for the Dexter reboot to make up for that ‘extremely dissatisfying’ finale.
Back in October, it was confirmed that the Showtime drama about a blood spatter analyst who moonlights as a serial killer was coming back for a limited series.
The news came seven years after Dexter ended on a baffling note in a critically panned finale that saw the Bay Harbour Butcher faking his own death and becoming a lumberjack.
Now, Michael C Hall, who plays Dexter, has addressed creating a story ‘worth telling’ with the reboot.
The 49-year-old told the Daily Beast: ‘ I think in this case, the story that’s being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn’t, and I think enough time has passed where it’s become intriguing in a way that it wasn’t before. And let’s be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there’s always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling.
‘I include myself in the group of people that wondered, “What the hell happened to that guy?” So I’m excited to step back into it. I’ve never had that experience of playing a character this many years on.’
When asked whether he agreed with the criticism of the finale, Hall said it was ‘warranted’, and that while he believes Dexter’s actions were justifiable, ‘some of the criticisms weren’t so much about the “what” as they were about the “how,” and those were valid too’.
The actor also admitted that one of his other TV shows, Six Feet Under, set a high bar for series finales, adding: ‘Talking about broad spectrums, I’ve dabbled in the extremes of “extremely satisfying” and “extremely dissatisfying” television finales.’
After eight seasons, the final episode Remember The Monsters? saw Dexter kill Oliver Saxon, aka the Brain Surgeon, after he shot his sister Debra and left her in a vegetative state following a stroke.
Dexter manages to take Debra’s body from the hospital and buries her body at sea, before sailing off into a storm, with the wreckage of his boat later found.
However, he wasn’t dead at all, and was hiding out in Oregon, working for a lumber company – fade to black.
Showrunner Clyde Phillips left initially after the critically acclaimed fourth series but is returning for the new 10 episode run, and says that the series gives the team a second shot at that ending.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter’s TV Top 5 podcast, Phillips said: ‘We basically do get to start from scratch. We want this to not be Dexter season nine. ‘Ten years have passed, or however many years have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. 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 a show, and Showtime is very gracious about that.’
He added that while they have an opportunity to ‘make it right’, the reboot is being made because there’s a ‘hunger for Dexter out there’.Credit: Source