Dexter Morgan signed off from his Showtime series in 2013 with a finale that disappointed most of his fans.
Walking through the show’s Facebook page is a constant reminder of the fact that most of his following found it to be “one of the worst series finales ever created.”
Whether you agree with the rather vocal majority or not, you’re probably hopeful that the rumored reboot of the show that Showtime is currently mulling — depending on getting actor Michael C. Hall’s involvement — will right some of the perceived wrongs.
Obviously, if you have yet to catch up on the show, you may not want to read any further as there are certainly going to be spoilers aplenty, but if you so dare, here are the most likely ways Showtime will bring back everyone’s favorite serial killer.
Dexter: Fresh Cut
It is, unfortunately, not unusual for a studio to reboot something or remake it right after they have finished it. (Think Sony and its stranglehold on Spider-Man).
That said, it could be a good idea to go this route with a new Dexter series given the crushing finality of the final episode.
Instead of bringing in Michael C. Hall to reprise the role, let him be a guest star or perhaps step into the role of Harry Morgan, Dexter’s conscience, and give the lead role to a talented new actor while hitting the story reset button.
That would mean all those we’ve lost along the way — Rita, Deb, LaGuerta, Dokes — would be coming back to us in a new and unpredictable manner.
Set it up as a limited 10- or 12-episode series and go from there.
Dexter: The Motion Picture
Another option for bringing Dexter back from logging country would be to create a series of theatrical features that reimagine the Dexter Universe (and cast as well).
After all, with author Jeff Lindsay’s novels, producers have an abundance of material to draw from for fresh new stories in the world of everyone’s favorite serial killer.
Dexter: The Motion Picture, Part II
A third option would be to continue following the movie idea, but bring back the surviving cast and do your best to create a fitting end for Dexter Morgan that rights the ship.
This option would not pretend the final season doesn’t exist. It would pick up in Oregon or wherever Dexter goes to after his sister’s death and the faking of his own.
Imagine Dexter tracking a new killer back to Miami for a deadly showdown and some volatile reunions with his former friends and co-workers, who think he’s dead.
— HoRRoR (@byHoRRoR) December 2, 2015
Dexter: Final Season Redux
A final option for bringing back Dexter Morgan would be to hit a partial reset.
Bring back every character that was still alive at the end of season four — arguably the show’s last great season — or season seven if you prefer, and let a new creative team have a crack at ending Dexter’s story the right way.
There is already one alternate ending out there. Original producer Clyde Phillips had planned this to be Dexter’s curtain call, according to comments he shared with E! shortly following the finale.
“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.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed — including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“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.”
What do you think a fitting end to the series would have been, and how should Showtime consider bringing back Dexter if they go through with it? Sound off in the comments section.
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