Dexter is officially coming back for Season 9. The revival was announced just last month, and fans have been eager to find out any details about what they can expect in the new episodes. Thankfully, the showrunner, Clyde Phillips, is delivering.
‘Dexter’ revival will be as dark as the original
During an interview with TV Insider, Phillips revealed that Dexter fans won’t be disappointed when it comes to seeing the serial killer, played by actor Michael C. Hall, get his hands dirty. Philips also serves as the show’s executive producer, and he’s claiming that there will be plenty of bloodshed when the revival begins airing next year.
“Dexter always has what we call ‘the dark passenger’ living inside him. 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.”
The producer also dropped some big hints about how Season 9 will be different from the original episodes. He admits that Dexter is now in a place where fans have “never seen him before.” The first eight seasons took place in Miami. However, this new information likely rules out a return to Florida.
In the Season 8 finale, the blood-splatter analyst was presumed dead after he took his boat out into a storm. However, the final moments of the episode shockingly revealed that Dexter had lived through the storm. He had relocated to Oregon and started a brand new life as a lumberjack when fans saw him last.
Season 9 won’t erase the first eight seasons
That ending was unpopular among many viewers. Although, it has been widely criticized, Phillips told Hollywood Reporter that the revival will not alter anything that happened in the first 96 episodes of the series. This includes the death of Dexter’s beloved sister, Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter).
“We’re not undoing anything. 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.”
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Phillips also admitted that the show won’t pick up where it left off. Fans will see a time jump, which will feel distinctly different from the previous seasons.
“We basically do get to start from scratch. We want this to not be Dexter Season 9. Ten 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.”
Dexter originally ran on Showtime from 2006 until 2013. The eerie drama followed the life of the Miami Metro forensics worker. He was a father and a husband by day. However, at night he honed his serial killer instincts to focus on killing murders and other bad guys. Season 9 will begin airing in 2021.