It’s been over five years since the hit series Dexter ended but fans are still in shock.
The series focused on the bloodthirsty exploits of Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst who moonlighted as a serial killer.
But Dexter was no ordinary serial killer: picking up on his homicidal urges from an early age, his father Harry trained him to only kill those that kill, prior to his own demise.
So, while Dexter regularly dispatched folk with unnerving calm on the show, he was only even killing fellow murderers. So that makes it okay, right? Right? Therein lay the quandary for much of the series, with featured plenty of memorable story arcs along with arguably the best opening credits ever.
Arguably the standout series saw Dexter going toe-to-toe Arthur Mitchell, a fellow serial killer with a double life as a church-building Christian and family man.
The series undoubtedly endured a decline towards the end, but that didn’t prepare fans for the utter shit show that was the finale.
A series of story arcs poorly wrapped up – Dexter’s relationship with his sister and the future of his son. Yet that wasn’t even the worst part.
The finale also saw Dexter seemingly die only to return in the final few seconds to reveal he had escaped and was now living out his days as a mute lumberjack. It didn’t go down well with fans or critics.
It was a far cry from the finale former showrunner Clyde Philips envisioned, which would have seen Dexter wake up with viewers assuming it would be him waking from a dream.
Except, in this instance, he would merely be opening his eyes just seconds before meeting his making on the execution table in a Florida Penitentiary, just seconds before a lethal injection is administered.
Unfortunately, that never happened – but a reprieve could be at hand.
Part of the reason the series ended was that Hall wanted to explore other avenues. Now, if his comments to Variety are to be believed, he’s open to going back and righting some of the wrongs of that ending – which did at least leave it open for him to return.
“When Dexter ended, I wanted to mix it up and felt like the cumulative effect of the things I have done since has served as a sort of ‘Dexorcism.’ [But] it’s a possibility given how the show ended that we could revisit Dexte,” he said.
“I have just yet to, for my part, imagine or hear someone else’s idea that makes it feel worth doing. But never say never.”
Someone needs to get writing now, so we can erase any memory of that goddam lumberjack and his ridiculous Quaker Oats man beard.
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