Showtime's Dexter is back, beardless and is looking very proud of himself in this new teaser for the upcoming revival. Still living in isolation, Michael C. Hall's misunderstood serial killer will return to screen this fall, and will no doubt once again enact his brutal methods in the name of justice.
Showtime surprised Dexter fans everywhere when they announced last year that the charming serial killer would return for a 10-episode limited series, with original showrunner, Clyde Phillips, back at the helm. Michal C. Hall will reprise the title role and is set to be joined by a host of new characters, including Clancy Brown as the central villain Kurt Caldwell, the unofficial mayor of the small town of Iron Lake. Powerful, generous, loved by everyone - he's a true man of the people, but should you never make the mistake of crossing Kurt, or hurting anyone that he cares for, or he will make you pay.
Jamie Chung (Lovecraft Country), Julia Jones (Goliath, The Mandalorian), and Alano Miller (Jane the Virgin) have also joined the series and will provide Halls' Dexter Morgan with all manner of drama and, no doubt, people to kill. Jones is set to play Angela Bishop, the town's first Native American Chief of Police, with Believe star Johnny Sequoyah also on board as Angela's brash and opinionated teenage daughter. It was teased earlier in the week that Jennifer Carpenter may return as Dexter's long departed sister Debra Morgan, perhaps in ghost form as we often saw Dexter's father in the original series.
Dexter has become infamous for its disappointing finale, which saw the character abandon his family to live in self-imposed exile, growing out a scruffy beard and living life as a solitary lumberjack. Fans have been hoping for some time that Dexter would return to make amends, with the new season set to pick up with Dexter still living alone in upstate New York. Michael C. Hall has revealed that several different ideas for bringing back Dexter have been put in front of him since the show came to an unceremonious end back in 2013, but this is the first one that was good enough to persuade him to take his trusty syringe in hand once again.
Clyde Phillips, who served as showrunner for the first four seasons of the show's original run, has stated that the revival is a rare chance to right the wrongs of the much-criticized finale. "This was an opportunity to write a second finale for the show," Phillips said last year. "We're not going to betray the audience and say, 'Whoops, that was all a dream.' What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years. 10 years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. In so far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It's a great opportunity to write a second finale for our show, and Showtime was very gracious about that."
After such an extended gap since he last played the character, Hall has since detailed how excited he is to step back into the shoes of one television's most beloved characters. "I'm looking forward to getting back into Dexter's shoes," the actor said of returning to the role. "I don't really know what to expect, as I've never returned to a job after so much time. Having Dexter in a completely different context, we'll see how that feels. It's been interesting to figure out how to do that and I thought it was time to find out what the hell happened to him." The Dexter revival will debut this fall.