Jennifer Carpenter and the Dexter: New Blood team have revealed new details about her return in the upcoming Showtime revival series. During Showtime's TCA presentation for the limited series on Tuesday, Carpenter personally confirmed her involvement while going on to offer specific details about how Deb Morgan factors into the new episodes. With this in mind, if you'd rather not know any specifics on her return in the new series, be warned that there are big SPOILERS ahead.
In the original series, Jennifer Carpenter played Deb Morgan, sister to Michael C. Hall's Dexter Morgan. Her character didn't make it to the end of the show alive, leaving questions about how she will return. John Lithgow is also returning as the Trinity Killer for a brief flashback sequence, but as Carpenter now explains, her role on Dexter: New Blood will be much more substantial. She now serves as the Dark Passenger to her brother, essentially taking over the role James Remar served as their late father Harry in the first Dexter.
"I love the concept of the Dark Passenger and being invited into Dexter's psyche. I feel like sometimes the Dark Passenger and the passenger is almost directly behind the wheel and it was an opportunity not to be an angel or devil on his shoulder, but to jerk the wheel to the left or right against his will. And to manipulate him, to navigate him, to abuse him, to save him. I felt like it was something entirely different than some sort of ghost entity."
Hall was also present and added some additional comments about Carpenter's return. While Debra plays a role similar to Harry in the original series, she will be affecting Dexter in a different way that's more consistent with her character. As Hall explains:
"Harry was like Dexter's north star in his consistent point of view, whereas Deb, in the context of this world, coming from everywhere. In that, she's an internalized character for Dexter that represents just how far he's come or how far he's fallen- internally reeling and without a compass in a sense as much as he'd like to have one."
Meanwhile, showrunner Clyde Phillips insists that Deb represents "more than the Dark Passenger." He went on to reveal how New Blood will introduce the new Deb into the series as a character that only the titular serial killer can see and hear. It does serve as a great way to bring Carpenter back for the revival, even if it's a bit depressing.
"She represents a corner of Dexter's mind that we all have in our own heads that says, 'Well, wait a minute, if you do this, then there are consequences.' If you notice at the very beginning of the show when we introduce Deb, it's very quiet and it's very still. They're talking about how he is the one who chose that place. They're sitting at the table and Deb has her head down and Dexter almost touches it but he can't because she's a part of him."
The plan is for Dexter: New Blood to premiere on Nov. 7, 2021, on Showtime. Although the project is being developed as a limited series, there seems to be a good chance more seasons could be ordered if it's a hit for the network. In any case, it will be good for fans to get something more after the disappointing end to the original show. This news comes to us from Deadline.