We now have our first look at the return of Michael C. Hall as Dexter in the upcoming revival of Showtime's iconic serial killer show. Looking down the camera in that fourth wall-breaking way that he does so well, the image comes from a Viacom sizzle reel, which was recently released for investors. While the footage only offered a very quick glimpse of Dexter's comeback, from the looks of the wry smile, Hall has effortlessly stepped back into the shoes of loveable killer.

The last audiences saw of Dexter he had abandoned his family and run off into a self-imposed exile, growing out a scruffy beard and living life as a solitary lumberjack. Well, from the looks of these images, he has pulled out a razor and is looking a lot more like the Dexter that audiences fell in love with over eight seasons. The upcoming revival will pick up with the character now living in the fictional town of Iron Lake, New York, with the blood spatter analyst and righteous serial killer having left the lumberjack life behind.

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The Showtime series has become infamous for its disappointing finale and is often cited as an example of how not to end a popular long-running show. The opportunity for a do-over is not lost on Michael C. Hall, who counts 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. "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."

Michael C. Hall has now even teased further adventures for Dexter following the revival saying that he was reluctant to state whether season 9 would be the last. "I'm reluctant to say 'definitely', you know?" Hall said. "What's plain now is that there's 10 new episodes."

Back in October, Showtime announced that Dexter would return for a 10-episode limited series, with original showrunner, Clyde Phillips, back at the helm. Hall is set to be joined by a host of new characters, including Clancy Brown as the central villain Kurt Caldwell. Kurt has been described as "the unofficial mayor of the small town of Iron Lake. He's realized the American dream by going from driving big rigs, just like his father did, to now owning several trucks and the local truck stop. Powerful, generous, loved by everyone - he's a true man of the people. If he's got your back, consider yourself blessed. But should you cross Kurt, or hurt anyone that he cares for, God help you." Sounds like just the man to make Dexter's long-awaited comeback worthwhile.

Production on Dexter season 9 has reportedly been underway for several weeks in Central Massachusetts. Dexter has not yet set a premiere date but is expected to debut later this year. This comes to us courtesy of Pop Culture.

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