The series, in which Michael C. Hall played the titular serial killer, came to a close in 2013. However, it is now set to return for a 10-episode limited series.
It’s now been confirmed that Jennifer Carpenter will return to Dexter for the show’s highly anticipated revival.
The actress played Debra Morgan, Dexter’s sister, for all eight seasons of the original series, before being famously killed off in the series finale.
Carpenter will be the new voice of Dexter’s conscience, a role once held by Dexter’s father, Harry (James Remar).
Swapping out ghost-Harry for ghost-Deb seems like an upgrade. Carpenter sees this version of Deb as “an echo or an inconvenient truth for Dexter.”
Speaking in a recent interview, Carpenter said:
“Being uninvited inside Dexter’s psyche, I feel like sometimes the Dark Passenger is the passenger directly behind the wheel, and it was an opportunity not to be an angel or a devil on his shoulder, but to jerk the wheel to the right and the left against Dexter’s will,”
“It was something entirely different than some sort of ghost entity.”
John Lithgow is also making a return to the show as The Trinity Killer – also after being killed in the original series – with both Carpenter and Lithgow rumoured to appear in flashback scenes.
Dexter’s son Harrison will appear in the new series, now played by Jack Alcott, and the fractured relationship between father and son will weigh heavy on the season.
New Blood will see Dexter now living a quiet life in the small town of Iron Lake, New York, and trying to forgo his murderous urges.
He’s also going by the name Jim Lindsay, which nods to author Jeff Lindsay, who penned the series of novels the show was initially based on.
Dexter continues to fight the calling of the Dark Passenger. His job as a sales associate in an outdoors store surrounded by various weapons probably doesn’t help, however, our protagonist finds his old ways calling when his new hometown is rocked by unexpected events.
Showtime’s official blurb reads:
“Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons.”
In an interview Hall said that the divisive nature of the original series’ finale informed the decision to create New Blood:
“I think the way the series proper ended has a great deal to do with why we’re revisiting the show and the character,”
“The show did not end in a way that was definitive for people or gave them a sense of closure. We didn’t hear from Dexter. He didn’t say anything to us when the show ended, and I think it left audiences in a state of suspended animation. A big part of our motivation was to definitively answer the question of what happened to this guy.”
Clyde Phillips has returned to act as showrunner, and he’ll also be executive producing with Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Marcos Siega, Bill Carraro and Scott Reynolds.
Dexter: New Blood will premiere on Showtime starting on November 7th. If you’re looking to prepare, you can start watching Dexter from the beginning, the first three episodes are available for free on YouTube.