TV has played host to some really great horror shows over the years, including Tales from the Crypt, Hannibal, and American Horror Story. One of the best out there is of course Showtime’s Dexter, which focused on a serial killer who only killed other predatory people.
Michael C. Hall starred as the titular character, who worked by day as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department. Dexter was a character it should have been impossible to love, but Hall was able to pull it off, and add welcome complexity the role.
Dexter signed off in 2013 after eight seasons, but unfortunately, the series finale’s ending left a lot to be desired in the eyes of most fans. In fact, some have even argued the ending ruins the whole series, although I’m of the opinion that a TV show is a journey, not a destination.
During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Hall was asked about that ending, and remains a staunch defender of how things went down. That said, he’s still open to playing Dexter again if Showtime ever decides to embark on a continuation of the series.
Every time I’m asked about this I say, ‘never say never.’ The next thing I know there’s an announcement on the internet saying ‘he’s going to do it again.’ The way that show ended gave no sense of closure for people and a lot of questions unanswered. He seems to be in this self-imposed exile, he certainly didn’t ride off into the sunset. His sister died. It left a gnarly knot in some viewers’ stomachs. I stand by how that 8th season ended.
He has a real connection to people, and all those people are compromised or destroyed in some way. For it to be all tidied up after that would have not been honest. For him to simulate his own death and extricate himself from the context of his life made sense to me. As far as any more of that happening, it’s possible.
There have been different possibilities that have come up. They haven’t felt worth doing. But there’s still something potentially there. But there are no immediate plans to do that.
While Hall makes a solid case for his viewpoint, it’s unlikely legions of scorned Dexter fans will find much comfort in his statement above. Still, in the current age of TV revivals, it would be shocking if Dexter never gets called back into action again, presumably with Hall onboard.