The most recent trailer for Showtime's upcoming Dexter revival, Dexter: New Blood, has revealed the return of a crucial character from the titular serial killer's past, his son, Harrison. Played by The Good Lord Bird star Jack Alcott, Harrison and his old man have a lot to catch up on after all these years, and now Alcott has provided some insight into what audiences can expect from this long-awaited reconciliation.
"The show is about developing our relationship and that we're two people who don't know each other and want to know each other. That's hard when there's been that much space, the circumstances of having that much space and the secrets that he keeps. That's about all I can say."
While Jack Alcott was careful to avoid too many spoilers, he did reveal how he enters the series, as well as describing the eventual confrontation with his estranged father as "heartbreaking."
"It's been a long time and I haven't seen him and I've been looking for him. What I can say is that Harrison has had a really rough time for the past eight years. Like, it's not been great. He learns that his dad is not dead and goes to find him. That's what you see for the first two-thirds of the season, sort of intermittent sprinklings of me, this mystery stalker. It's me following him, trying to confirm his identity. I'm finally able to see him and confront him. It's just a heartbreaking scene and a really fun one to film. I mean, every single scene I got to do with Michael was just the coolest thing ever."
The biological son of Dexter and Rita Morgan, Harrison was abandoned by his father as a small boy, left in the care of Hannah McKay after Dexter fakes his own death during the final moments of the eighth season. While we don't yet know how Harrison tracks his father down, it seems that Alcott knows even less, having never seen the show before being cast in the revival. Luckily, this turned out to be something of an advantage for the actor.
"Having not watched any of the show, I was like, "okay, so clearly this name change is important." I did a little bit of research and realized I'm his son. I started watching the show towards the tail end of the audition process when one of the executive producers called to give me tips on how to prepare. I was like, "I'm so sorry. I've only watched the first season. I've budgeted out my time and I've calculated seven episodes a day, with one day break, I will be able to finish all eight seasons by the time we start." He was like, "Do not do that, dude. You're Dexter's son. You weren't born so for you to not know what happens is going be an advantage to you as an actor.""
Starring Michael C. Hall in the title role and featuring Clyde Phillips' return as showrunner, Dexter: New Blood will be comprised of 10-episodes, and is scheduled to premiere on November 7, 2021. This comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.