Dexter star Michael C. Hall hopes that the upcoming revival series will make up for the "unsatisfying" original finale. The hit Showtime series was praised from the start, though some enthusiasm started to fade by the time the final season aired. The series was dark and unlike anything a lot of viewers had ever seen before with everybody rooting for a vigilante serial killer. However, there are not a lot of fans who look back too fondly on the way that Dexter came to an end.
Michael C. Hall knows all too well that a lot of Dexter fans were severely disappointed in the way that things came to an end. The 2013 series finale found our favorite serial killer in a self-imposed isolation as a lumberjack, which really didn't seem like something Dexter Morgan would really do. Now, Hall is getting a second chance to deliver an alternate ending to the series. He had this to say.
"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."
While Michael C. Hall understands the backlash that the original Dexter finale faced, he was not against the isolated lumberjack story arc. "A criticism that speaks to someone's experience is warranted. I certainly thought it was justifiable for Dexter to do what he did," says Hall. The actor went on to add that many fans were more concerned with how Dexter Morgan ended up in isolation as opposed to why. Hall notes, "We certainly do live in an era where the bar is very high as far as the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction, and closure that should go along with a series finale."
As for signing on for the Dexter revival series, it wasn't something that Michael C. Hall was originally interested in. The network and showrunners have had this idea to bring the character back for years now, but Hall never felt that it was the right time. "It's a conversation that's been ongoing, and different possibilities have emerged over the years," says Hall. "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."
It's going to be a little while before fans get to see the Dexter revival series, thanks to the public health crisis, which does not seem to be going away any time soon. In the meantime, Michael C. Hall is working on music with his new band, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum, which he formed with Morningwood drummer Peter Yanowitz and Blondie keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen. The trio have a full album recorded and it will come out later this year. You can read the rest of the interview with Hall over at The Daily Beast.