Dexter star Michael C Hall has now revealed why he decided to bring the beloved serial killer out of exile for the upcoming ten-episode miniseries. Thanks to the infamous finale all those years ago, fans of the Showtime series have often wondered whether the character would be brought back in order to make amends, with Hall explaining why now is the right time to do so, as well as describing the Dexter revival as a "long, 10-hour movie".
"This one, a lot of it has to do with time passed. This is going to happen in real time, as if as much time has passed since the finale happened. And yeah, we kind of just got the creative band back together again. Clyde Phillips is back, who was the showrunner for the first four seasons, running the show. And Marcos Siega, who is one of the directors. We're gonna shoot it like a long, 10-hour movie. It was a combination of the scripts and the timing. I always thought maybe the time will reveal itself when it's the right time to do it and it did. And I'm excited. I was just visiting the sets the other day and it's real. It's really happening."
Airing on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013, Dexter follows Hall as Dexter Morgan, a man with homicidal tendencies, as he navigates a double life. Working as a forensic technician for the police department during the day, Dexter spends his free time killing heinous perpetrators.
Much like the duality of the title character, Showtime's serial killer series, Dexter, remains one of modern television's highest and lowest points. Thanks to its critically acclaimed run being wrapped up with what is largely considered to be one of the most disappointing finales of all time, many had hoped that the show would one day return to better explain the character's motivations to become a solitary lumberjack. Something which Michael C Hall completely appreciates.
"From a story standpoint and from a character standpoint, it made sense to me what he did. But I certainly can appreciate why it left a majority of the viewers feeling left out in the cold or...frustrated because he literally didn't say anything at the end. He has been talking to us the whole time and he just stared at the camera and it was over. He put his sister in the ocean. What the hell was that?"
This is not the first time that Hall has addressed the opportunity for a do-over, with the actor counting himself as one of many who hoped a worthy story would emerge and give them a second chance. "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," the actor said recently. "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."
The upcoming series will star Clancy Brown, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah, and Jack Alcott alongside Hall. Production on the Dexter revival is set to begin in early this year with a premiere set for Fall. This comes to us from ET.