Dexter’s final season was widely criticised for having an ending that didn’t satisfy the show’s loyal fanbase. The last episode, titled Remember the Monsters?, saw Michael C. Hall’s serial killer starting over as a lumberjack in the solitude of the Pacific Northwest. Many fans felt that this move was out of character, including the lead actor who said that he would’ve rather have seen Dexter die in the end.“I believe that [Michael C. Hall] was not completely satisfied with it, and this is an opportunity to make that right, but that’s not why we’re doing it,” Phillips explained, referencing Hall’s distaste for the show’s ending. “We’re doing this because there is such a hunger for Dexter out there. We’re not undoing anything. We’re not doing movie-magic. We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Whoops, that was all a dream.'”
He underscored his approach to the limited series, saying, “what happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.”
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While plot specifics are being kept firmly under (plastic) wraps right now, Gary Levine, Showtime’s President of Entertainment, made a statement in a press release for the upcoming 10-episode revival, in which he praised Phillips and Hall for finding a creative take that is “truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.” Intrigued? Read our thoughts on how the revival could redeem the show’s disappointing ending.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.