‘Dexter’ lives to kill again. A ‘Dexter’ revival is in the works, giving fans a ninth season of the hit show. From the status of filming to the storyline, HollywoodLife has the latest updates about the ‘Dexter’ revival.
Yes, Dexter is returning for season 9. It’s happening. The Dexter revival took fans by surprise when it was announced, but it was just what everyone needed to get excited about 2021. Your favorite serial killer will be back for the limited series, and blood will be spilled once again.
The revival will be here sooner than you think. From filming news to a possible release date to the storyline, there are a number of things we already know about the Dexter revival. HollywoodLife is breaking down all the crucial updates.
The news of a Dexter revival was announced in Oct. 2020 by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Dexter originally came to an end after 8 seasons in 2013. The new limited series is set to start filming in early 2021.
If filming goes off without a hitch in early 2021, Showtime revealed that the revival has a tentative premiere date of fall 2021. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, delays to production are possible. However, several shows have filmed during the pandemic. The Dexter revival will consist of 10 episodes.
Michael C. Hall, who played the one and only Dexter Morgan, will return for the limited series. Additional stars have yet to be announced. Unless it’s via flashback, don’t expect Jennifer Carpenter’s Deb to return. Deb tragically died in the final season of Dexter.
Back in 2018, Michael told our sister site Variety that he did not have “any immediate, definitive plans” to return to the character of Dexter Morgan. Over the two years since that interview, the showrunner and Michael found a story worthy of reviving the series.
“We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series,” Gary, President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement. “Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world!”
Dexter was presumed dead after his boat capsized during a hurricane in the series finale. In the show’s shocking final moments, Dexter was revealed to be alive and living a solitary life as a lumberjack in Oregon. The series finale was very controversial, with fans unsatisfied with Dexter’s ending.
The revival will take place 8 years after the Dexter finale, with the serial killer living in a new place “we’ve never seen him before,” executive producer Clyde Phillips told TV Insider. Clyde also hinted at a lot of death in season 9. “Dexter always has what we call ‘the dark passenger’ living inside him,” he continued. “He is more grounded than he’s ever been, but that dark passenger is a voice he cannot deny. This is Dexter. People are going to die.”
Will There Be A Season 10?
Nothing has been said about extending the revival beyond one season. Since this is television, anything is possible. However, Clyde noted in his interview with TV Insider that the show is “moving forward to an ending that will be surprising but inevitable.” Sounds like the 10-episode revival may have a very definitive ending.