Shortly after Dexter ended its eight-season run on Showtime, network president David Nevins revealed this past January that they are considering a spin-off series, Though, it will only be made with Michael C. Hall's involvement.
During a new interview with IGN, the actor claims he has no immediate plans to revisit the character, while hinting that sometimes he wishes his beloved character was killed off.
When asked about the spin-off, the actor joked that it would be where Dexter "goes around chopping down all of the bad trees." While he added that he's learned to "never say never," the actor doesn't see a spin-off happening anytime soon.
"It's very difficult for me to imagine someone coming up with something that is compelling enough for that to be worth doing. I certainly have no interest right now in playing Dexter. You know, some time passes and somebody has some newly imagined landscape for him that I feel is worth exploring, I would perhaps consider it. Beyond that vague notion, I really can't say, and it's not something I have any immediate plans to do. He is still alive, but for right now, I'm leaving him in the cabin."
We reported in January that Showtime's mandate was that Dexter had to survive, although many fans thought the blood splatter expert and his "Dark Passenger" should have met their maker. The actor also reflected on the the final season, admitting that it was difficult from a narrative standpoint, while revealing that, at times, he wishes his character had of been killed.
"You know, Dexter morphed. It was a many-headed creative monster, and certain heads were lopped off halfway through the life of the show. It was difficult to maintain a cohesive narrative in many ways, but primarily, in terms of the conception of the character, once he started to move into murkier, blurrier, more human territory, it became a very difficult thing to wrap my head around. But in the end, I think Dexter was always a pragmatist and, well, self-centered. I think it was his version of selflessness upon recognition that anyone close to him was going to be destroyed if he continued to indulge in intimate relationships. You know, his dad died, Rita died -- well, once he decided that, he faked his death and erased himself, but he didn't want to die. I honestly find it to be a pretty dark ending, and I think it upset a lot of people. Certainly, the shakiness of certain aspects of the eighth season maybe made that ending less palatable to people. I don't think people were ready to be told that, because they were already feeling a sense of ambivalence for the show. But the idea that he imprisons himself in a prison of his own making I think is fitting [for the character]. It's tricky. Sometimes I wish he'd offed himself, wish he'd died, wish Deb had shot him in that train compartment -- of course, that would have made an eighth season difficult to do."
What do you think about Michael C. Hall's comments? Should he have lived or died when Season 8 came to a close? And do you want to see him return for a spin-off? Chime in with your thoughts below.