Dexter was eight seasons of fantastic, frustrating, confusing, infuriating cable television, the final of which many longtime fans of the Showtime series had a difficult time getting behind.
It was polarizing, to say the least, which is why even early talks of a prospective spinoff, starring Michael C. Hall’s Dexter Morgan himself seems…weird. Kinda inexplicable.
If you’re super late to the game, there be spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.
When last we left Dexter, Deb was dead, his son and serial poisoner girlfriend safely tucked away in Buenos Aires, and Dexter himself somewhere in the Pacific Northwest doing lumberjack things, having faked his death. While many fans probably wanted a do-over, apparently, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins thinks we might want a fresh beginning, with Michael C. Hall once again firmly in the pilot seat.
Speaking to reporters recently, on the topic of Dexter spinning off into a Dexter redux, Nevins said, “If we were to do it, I would only do it with Michael,” and,”We’re at the very preliminary stage…That show is that character…and if I were to do something, I would do Dexter in a new concept and configuration. I want the show to feel different, not just a continuation of the old show.”
From a narrative perspective, having killed Debra presented a major hurdle in considering anything but Dexter as the main man once again, so the above statement seems more a no-brainer born of depleted options rather than a reasonable creative choice. While Dexter maintained a strong, complimentary cast, the only two standouts who could logically carry their own stories forward in a meaningful way were Deb and Dex, unless someone out there is really hard up for a peek into the sordid personal life of Vince Masuka.
I’d probably watch that, but I digress.
With Debra dead, Showtime has nailed themselves to yet another shade of Dexter, where the only prospective payout is the return of his Dark Passenger, which essentially turns whatever the show might try to be initially into Dexter v2.0.
For some fans, that might be enough. For many, however, that goodwill sunk with Dexter’s boat.
As noted, Nevins is in those very preliminary stages of even considering the prospect of a spinoff, saying,”…It remains to be seen whether they’re (Hall and company) going to want to do [a spinoff] or whether I’m going to want to do it.” Still, Dexter showrunner Scott Buck landed a new two year deal under Showtime, so the possibility remains that we’ll once again see Dexter Morgan and his battle to maintain Harry’s Code, his newfound humanity, and some heretofore unforeseen plot twist that can somehow give the premise some fresh legs.