Dexter could be headed back to television, and the Showtime president may have hinted at the return more than a year ago.
The show went off the air in 2013 with a finale that disappointed many fans, showing the enigmatic serial-killer killer heading off to become a lumberjack. It left many fans wishing for a more fitting ending, and new rumors indicate that they might be getting it.
In recent weeks there have been indications that Showtime was ready to bring Dexter back to the air. TV Series Finale reported that there was some idea within the network of a new series.
“Speaking at the winter TCA press tour, Levine said that while there are no plans for the series’ return as of now, there may be in the future.”
“Maybe there will be a time,” he said to the publication. “[But] only if all the stars align.”
This may not be the first time that Showtime brass has hinted at the idea of bringing Dexter back. Back in 2014, Showtime President David Nevins addressed rumors about the show’s finale, quashing the idea that they planned to kill off Dexter Morgan.
“It was never discussed with me,” Nevins told E! News. “No ever pitched the idea of killing Dexter. Neither Michael nor the producers ever thought that was the appropriate ending that Dexter should have got. It was honestly never discussed.”
With Dexter still conceivably alive in the show’s universe, could there be room for a return? Nevins wasn’t so definitive about that.
“It’s always in the realm of possibility. Worked for Jack Bauer. Worked for the Bluth family… It’s always possible but there’s never really anything actively happening.”
— Dexter (@SHO_Dexter) September 16, 2015
— Dexter (@SHO_Dexter) November 13, 2015
It’s clear that Nevins left the door open on purpose. The original Dexter showrunner, Clyde Phillips, had told E! News that his original plan was to kill Dexter Morgan at the end of the show.
“Here is what I personally would have pitched,” Phillips said. “In the very last scene of the series, “Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.”
Phillips said the gallery would include all the people Dexter had killed, including his brother, the Ice Truck Killer. All the “big deaths” would be there, he said.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
While, at the time, it seemed like showrunners simply decided on a different direction for the finale, it could make more sense amid rumors of a Dexter return. If David Nevins said there was no talk of killing him off in the finale — and if he also compared his possible return to the revival of 24 — then it could lend credence to the rumors that the show is coming back on the air.
If Dexter is returning to the air, it might not be anytime in the near future. Star Michael C. Hall has a busy slate in the next year, including voicing a new documentary called The Gettysburg Address.
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