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Will There Be a Dexter Reboot?

Will There Ever Be a Dexter Reboot? Michael C. Hall Says "It's a Possibility"

DEXTER, l-r: Michael C. Hall, James Remar in 'Goodbye Miami' (Season 8, Episode 10, aired September 8, 2013). ph: Randy Tepper/Showtime/courtesy Everett Collection

I've never been betrayed so deeply than I was on the night of Sept. 22, 2013: the night Dexter aired its series finale.

OK, OK, it wasn't that serious. But after sticking with Michael C. Hall's titular antihero — a blood spatter analyst for the Miami PD by day, a serial killer who only murders other serial killers by night — for a long eight seasons, the series finale was the ultimate letdown. The creative forces behind the Showtime thriller decided to end the series with one of the most bizarre, unsatisfying twists in TV history, one that fans (myself included) are still confused by.

Instead of letting Dexter die in a meaningful sacrifice or be the dad he always wished he could be, the character decides to abandon his young son with a known murderer (The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski) and leave Florida so he can become . . . a lumberjack. James Doakes didn't die for an ending like that, Showtime!


So, why am I rehashing old TV wounds? Because there's a chance that the Golden Globe-nominated drama, which ran from 2006 to 2013 and was based on a book series by Jeff Lindsay, could right its series finale wrongs with a reboot.

During a recent interview with Variety, Hall hinted that he's open to bringing Dexter Morgan back from that sad, empty shack in Oregon.

"Maybe. It's a possibility given how the show ended that we could revisit Dexter. I have just yet to, for my part, imagine or hear someone else's idea that makes it feel worth doing. But never say never."

Naturally a reboot wouldn't work without Hall, who stars in Netflix's upcoming British mystery series Safe, so it's key that he's interested in the idea. The idea of rebooting it might seem crazy at first, but what if Dexter came back as a miniseries? Think about it: he could reunite with his now-adult son, only to discover he's also grown up to be a serial killer. Or, what if his son followed in the footsteps of his late Aunt Deb (don't even get me started on how Dexter wraps up her storyline in the finale) and is training to become some kind of law enforcement agent, who's tasked with tracking down an anonymous serial killer in the Pacific Northwest?

Actually, now that I'm really thinking about it, Dexter could just pull a Roseanne and pretend the series finale never happened at all.

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