Dexter: New Blood to redefine Dexter’s finale with explosive new ending

The last day of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con included a virtual panel for the revival of Showtime’s hit series Dexter, appropriately entitled Dexter: New Members. Set ten years after the program’s questionable ending, Dexter: New Members gets with Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) in his brand-new life in the town of Iron Lake, New York City, having went missing out on throughout Cyclone Laura. The virtual panel for Dexter: New Members, which premieres this November, included Hall (star and executive manufacturers), returning showrunner and executive manufacturer Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds (executive manufacturer), Marcos Siega (executive manufacturer, director of 6 of the 10 episodes), and Julia Jones, who plays Angela (Dexter’s love interest) on the revival series.

Naturally, mediator and mega-fan Kristin Dos Santos’ very first concern had to do with the extremely idea of restoring Dexter and why Hall believed now was the correct time to do it. According to Phillips, who left the initial series after the very first 4 seasons. “About once every year or so, I would see a quote from Michael. Somebody would always ask Michael, ‘Would you do another year of Dexter?’ And he says, ‘Well, I’m not gonna say no.’ So I would read that and I would call them and we’d talk it through and we just couldn’t get the right take on it that would satisfy Michael and satisfy the fans.”

Nevertheless, according to Phillips, things ultimately altered about 2 year back. “And then finally, I got a call July 1, 2019 from Gary Levine, who’s the president of Showtime. Saying, ‘We think now is the time. Can you come up with something?’” Phillips worked with his composing assistant and after that flew from Martha’s Vineyard to New york city to fulfill with Hall about the concept. “And we sat and talked for a couple of hours and ended up hugging it out and, and he said yes.”

Dos Santos likewise asked if this revival is to be thought about a sort of “redemption” for a series that “frankly deserved a better ending.” The polarized responses from fans was a big part of it, Hall stated.

“I think the ending was ‘mystifying’ at best to people. ‘Confounding,’ ‘exasperating,’ ‘frustrating’ — on down the line of negative adjectives. And I think this is a show that’s very important to all of us, and the chance to revisit it and, maybe in the process, redefine the sense of the show’s ending and the sense of the show’s legacy more broadly was certainly a part of our motivation.”

Prior to truly getting into Dexter: New Members, Reynolds even more described the much-maligned last scene of Dexter, which thought of the titular character as an off-the-grid lumberjack. “And so he ends up in Oregon, which during that time, when we were making the show … according to the FBI, there were like 14, 15 actual serial killers in that sort of stretch from Canada down to Northern California,” Reynolds described. “And he went there to lumberjack — working with lumber — but he’s constantly surrounded by the sounds of chainsaws, which is very meaningful to Dexter because that’s how his mother was killed. And so, it was ambiguous: Is he here to be a part of the land of serial killers or is the sound of chainsaws that he’s surrounded by going to be the thing that keeps him abstinent? And those are the things that we answer in this new season.”

Nevertheless, Dexter: New Members does not merely follow the brand-new experiences of lumberjack Dexter. As Phillips described, “One of the things that we all agreed on — and Michael really insisted on and he was completely right — is that this not be ‘Dexter season 9.’ That we acknowledge that this is not the next moment after the lumberjack moment. That we acknowledge the truth, that time has passed, almost 10 years have passed, and we pick up Dexter in another place, in another world actually, as far away from Miami as possible.”

Dexter holding a syringe in Dexter season 8

Dexter in season 8 mode
Image: Randy Tepper/Showtime

The brand-new series happens in the imaginary town of Iron Lake, New York City, which the production fabricated in Shelburne Falls in western Massachusetts. The method the cast and executive manufacturers discussed the place makes it seem like its own character in the revival. “We started shooting at the beginning of February because we needed a lot of snow, and we took advantage of that,” Phillips described. “That frozen lake [from the first teaser] is a real frozen lake. That’s a single shot that Marcos did in real time. And we wanted it to be a small town—and population is something like 2,700—where everybody knows everybody else. People know things that happened two seconds ago.”

The environment scenario showed to be among the most overwhelming jobs for Siega, who’s credited with directing 6 of the 10 episodes of Dexter: New Members. “We had to build the schedule around [weather]. Shoot all of the winter scenes, exteriors, at the end of January, February, March, whenever we started,” described Siega. “And then work our way to interiors. So, the challenging part is we’re shooting a Dexter — “Jim” [his alias] — strolling into a structure and we shoot that out in the aspects. And after that in July, we’re selecting it up with the opposite of the door, when he steps within. So it is a little bit of a puzzle, keeping that constant, keeping efficiencies constant.” According to Reynolds, “It was for sure the most intense 50 days of production I’ve ever been a part of.” Siega concurred, “Absolutely. But the most fun.”

When it comes to Dexter’s brand-new romantic relationship with Jones’ Angela, the town’s chief of authorities, history recommends things won’t go too well. According to Phillips, “She’s the first female police chief. She’s the first person of color police chief. She’s a part of the Seneca Nation. And there’s tension there between the town and her. And it also gives Dexter — once again, like we had in Miami — access to certain pieces of information. Information an ordinary citizen would not be able to get.” Reynolds follows up, “It’s that thing of, some thing’s change and some things stay the same, a little bit.”

Jones acted on her character, “She’s difficult — I believe that’s the most significant thing I would state about her. She’s got a lot going on. She’s in a terrific arc, and she’s vibrant and she has a lot to get rid of. There’s so much to do therefore much to play with. So it was simply a truly, truly amazing chance.“

The star likewise kept in mind that she was thrilled to sign up with such a recognized program. “It’s very rare that something comes up that is so beloved and has affected so many people and people feel so passionately about it. And that in and of itself is just extraordinary […] And you kind of jump at those things because it just gives you an opportunity to be a part of something that’s ultimately connecting people, which is a big deal. Also, I had heard just such wonderful things about everybody involved. The fact that Clyde and Scott were coming back was really exciting. And Michael and Marcos.”

While the cast and executive manufacturers were intent on not exposing excessive about the brand-new season of Dexter, Phillips teased a number of things, among that included possible returning cast members. “I have to be a little bit coy about this, but I will say that there will be some returning cast members from the original series that will make some people’s brains explode.” John Lithgow and Jennifer Carpenter have actually both currently been validated as returning, though the context has yet to be provided, thinking about both of their characters were eliminated in the initial series.

Phillips likewise provided rather the guarantee for what to anticipate when it pertains to how this season ends. “When we sit in the writing room, one of the first things we do is talk about, usually, what the ending will be,” he described. “And we call that putting our nose against the ending and then walking backward and filling in all the either 10 or 12 episodes. The ending of this one will be stunning, shocking, surprising, unexpected. And without jinxing anything, I will say that the ending of this new season that we’re doing will blow up the internet.” Rather a guarantee, certainly.

Dexter: New Members premieres on Showtime on Sunday, Nov. 7

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.