With fans and critics calling it one of the best contemporary series ever, Dexter got off to a critically acclaimed start.
Yet things went downhill in later seasons.
Dexter ended in 2013 with a finale after a seven-year run that has been considered one of the most disappointing in television history. Today, in a recent revival season, the series is struggling to prove itself. Actor Michael C. Hall spoke about the forthcoming series and expressed his hope that the devastating ending would be made up for.
Many people wanted the main character to either die or go to jail for his crimes in the eighth and final season of “Dexter,”
Neither of those things, however, happened.
He faked his death instead, moved to Oregon and started working as a lumberjack.
Without offering some hint of how he would deal with his disappearance and how he would deal with his murderous impulses, the screen then cut to black.
Fans and critics trashed the climax, and years later it is still on the “worst finales” lists.
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Thoughts from Michael C. Hall about the finale
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Hall, who plays Dexter, took another look at the finale and the criticism that came with it.
Even now, he still says he maintains “that Dexter was justified in doing what he did.” He understands why people were angry at the same time.
“We certainly live in a time where the bar is very high in terms of the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction and closure that should come with a series finale,” he added.
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Hall was asked after the finale aired if he would return for a reboot. In 2018, he told Variety he didn’t have an idea worth saying yet.
But when he was approached with the idea for the revival season, everything changed in 2020.
“I think in this case, the story that’s being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals haven’t been, and I think enough time has passed where it’s become fascinating in a way that it wasn’t before,” he said.
“And let’s face it, people found the way the series ended things pretty unsatisfying,” Hall added, “and there was always hope that there would be a story worth telling. I include myself in the group of people who were wondering, ‘What the hell happened to this guy?’ So I’m excited to get back into character. I’ve never had the experience of playing a character after so many years.”
What to know about a revival of “Dexter”
The revival will continue the Dexter story, but it’s not a rewrite, to be clear.
The logline for the series says that it will take place 10 years after the events in the finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Dexter will live under a fake name in a new state.
It is planned that the revival will premiere later in 2021, although an official release date has not been confirmed yet. As they become available, stay tuned for updates.