Dexter, the famous serial killer thriller, has returned to our screens for a comeback series called New Blood, eight years after its terrible end.
The Hollywood Reporter in November that Marcos Siega would helm six of the ten episodes. He directed nine episodes of the original program, two of which were written by Phillips, and has subsequently worked on additional projects with the showrunner. He’s also helmed episodes of True Blood, Veronica Mars, Blindspot, The Hollowing, and the Batwoman pilot for The CW.
The new season, starring Michael C Hall as merciless killer Dexter Morgan, starts ten years after the sad ending, with Dexter now living under a new name in the fictitious hamlet of Iron Lake, New York, after vanishing in Hurricane Laura’s eye.
Dexter’s original finale was widely regarded as one of the least popular in television history, and the creator for the impending revival has conceded that the program “lost its way.”
“It was only looking as far into the future as the headlights of a vehicle and had violated the covenant with the viewer that everything Dexter does have to be code-worthy,” showrunner Clyde Phillips told Variety ahead of the revival’s premiere.
Can the new series, however, address those flaws? With the first episode of New Blood in the United States and the UK premiere on Sky Atlantic coming shortly, here’s everything you need to know about the revived series.
Dexter: New Blood release date
Dexter, the vigilante murderer, returned to American screens on November 7, 2021. The release date, a sneak peek video, and the title of season nine, Dexter: New Blood, were unveiled at Comic-Con.
On the other hand, fans in the United Kingdom will have to wait an additional day to see the first episode.
Dexter: New Blood trailer
After multiple terrifying teases, Showtime eventually unveiled a full-length trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2021. The trailer opens with Dexter in treatment, ostensibly seeking to overcome his murderous inclinations. However, by the clip’s conclusion, it’s evident that the serial murderer is reverting to his old habits.
Showtime’s first season nine footage was an eerie teaser film in which the eponymous serial killer chats over an ice view of an ax embedded in a tree stump as a fire burns in the background. He explains, “There’s nothing quite like coming back to nature.” “It’s just in my blood.”
— Dexter on Showtime (@SHO_Dexter) April 22, 2021
Dexter: New Blood Cast
Notably, Michael C Hall has returned to his role as Dexter Morgan, which he portrayed for Showtime for eight seasons and 96 episodes from 2006 to 2013.
In response to a query in 2018 about whether he’d play the serial murderer again, he said “never say never,” but only if the role was original, fascinating, and “worth doing.”
After so many years, the returning actor recently discussed why he returned to the role.
“I didn’t want it to be some kind of nostalgia piece where we performed a recontextualized version of the same type of narrative arcs,” he told The Guardian, adding that it was “a trip” to return to the role in another interview with ET.
“It was absolutely crazy,” he said. “I didn’t sure what to anticipate, but once I arrived and began filming, I discovered that he was still very much alive.”
Kurt Caldwell, the unofficial mayor of the little town of Iron Lake, has been cast as a fresh new villain in the series by veteran actor Clancy Brown. Brown has appeared in films such as The Shawshank Redemption and Billions.
Angela Bishop, the first Native American Chief of Police in the upstate New York town, is played by Julia Jones. The latter was initially featured in the fourth episode of The Mandalorian season one, and I believe Johnny Sequoyah plays her rebellious daughter Audrey.
Alano Miller has joined the Dexter: New Blood cast as an Iron Lake Police Department sergeant, who also serves as the local high school’s assistant wrestling coach, and Jack Alcott has joined the cast as the enigmatic Randall, about whom we know only that he had an “important interaction” with Dexter.
Teddy, a good-natured officer who has only been working in Iron Lake for two weeks and is a bit afraid of his boss, is played by David Magidoff, star of The Morning Show.
Meanwhile, Michael Cyril Creighton starred in the film Spotlight, has been cast in a recurring role in the series as Fred Jr, an amicable store owner well-known throughout Iron Lake.
Jamie Chung of Lovecraft Country and Oscar Wahlberg of Manchester on the Sea have recurring parts in the new series.
Molly is played by Ching, who is characterized as a well-known true-crime podcaster from Los Angeles, whereas Zach, played by Wahlberg, who is the captain of the Iron Lake High School wrestling team and has a reputation for being a bully.
However, some returning faces from the first eight seasons – including John Lithgow, who played iconic season four villain the Trinity Killer.
Given that Dexter rather brutally murdered the Trinity Killer in the season four finale, Lithgow later confirmed that his appearance would indeed be through a flashback – and a relatively brief one at that, as the actor revealed that he was only on set for “one afternoon.”
However, Lithgow told Variety that it was “just wonderful to rejoin that gang” and hinted that we could see more familiar faces as “there are all sorts of wonderful surprises and callbacks from the first few seasons.”
He wasn’t wrong, as Dexter’s foster sister Debra Morgan, played by long-term cast member Jennifer Carpenter, is also back from the dead.
However, one of Trinity Killer’s most famous victims won’t be reappearing, with actress Julie Benz ruling out a return as Dexter’s wife Rita Morgan even as a ghost.
“I think Dexter has moved way past Rita,” Benz told TVLine. “It doesn’t make sense for her to be on his mind as a ghost because she was only his cover. He didn’t internalize her, so Rita had no plans to show up.
“I would obviously do it in a heartbeat if they asked. But I’ve always said Rita shouldn’t make an appearance in his head because she didn’t know the real him. She didn’t know the Dark Passenger.”
And Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) also won’t be back, with Clyde Phillips has confirmed his absence in an interview with ScreenRant.
The involvement of showrunner Clyde Phillips was crucial for Hall’s return, and he was executive producer on the first four seasons of the show. It nominated three Emmy nominations and four Writers Guild Award nominations for the best drama series.
Hall himself had five straight lead actor Emmy Award nominations and won a Golden Globe for the role in 2010.
Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine said: “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”
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Dexter: New Blood Spoilers
Dexter was last seen leaving Miami after faking his death and traveling to the woods of Oregon to become a lumberjack, of all things.
In the premiere, Dexter lives a tranquil life in the fictitious hamlet of Iron Lake, New York, as he attempts to resist his murderous inclinations a decade after the original show’s end.
However, since the narrative specifics for the remainder of the season are still being kept under wraps, fans will have to tune in to find out whether Dexter will be able to redeem himself.
According to returning cast member John Lithgow, the revival is a “reimagination” that is essentially independent of the original eight-season program.
“They don’t move it into a different age,” he said to Variety, “but it’s in a different area of the globe, a different section of the nation, and a whole new cast of individuals.”
Unsurprisingly, Dex seems to have changed his name, but it may come as a surprise to learn that he now works at a local fish and game shop. Meet Jim Lindsay, a new protagonist who isn’t an ex-serial murderer – which is most likely a reference to Darkly Dreaming Dexter author Jeff Lindsay:
Many fans were disappointed by the original season eight finale. And Phillips, who left the show after season four, stated that he would have ended it with Dexter’s execution, which would have been witnessed by all of his previous victims (hinting at what may await Dexter at the end of this revival season?.
But it would have been the last episode, and at the very least, Dexter’s comeback would have been paved by the show’s highly panned but open-ended finish.
“Let’s be real: folks found the way that program ended things fairly disappointing,” Hall previously told The Daily Beast. And there was always the chance that a tale might develop that was worthy of being exposed.
“I’m one of those folks that questioned, ‘What the heck happened to that guy?’ so I’m looking forward to getting back into it.” I’ve never had the opportunity to portray a role for so long.”
“We essentially get to start from zero,” Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter. By the time this airs, ten years, or whatever many years, have gone, and the program will reflect that. In terms of the show’s conclusion, it will have no relation to the original climax, and it’s a fantastic chance to create a sequel.”
That didn’t mean the show would “correct” what occurred in season eight; instead, it would make amends with Dexter fans – and there’s a chance it may do so with those who were disappointed when he walked out into the wilderness in season eight.
When Was The Previous Season Of Dexter Released?
Season 8 of Dexter premiered on June 30, 2013, and concluded on September 22, 2013. The table below summarises all of the seasons and their release dates. Take a look at the same and see how many episodes each has.
|Seasons||No. of Episodes||Release Date|
|1||12||October 1, 2006|
|2||12||September 30, 2007|
|3||12||September 28, 2008|
|4||12||September 27, 2009|
|5||12||September 26, 2010|
|6||12||October 2, 2011|
|7||12||September 30, 2012|
|8||12||June 30, 2013|
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Final Reviews of Dexter: New Blood
Fans will be disappointed to learn that not all critical reactions to the reboot have been positive. With Rolling Stone claiming that “neither [Hall] nor New Blood come to feel sharp enough to justify his return as anything other than a nostalgia play for a property whose finale likely preempted a lot of nostalgia.”
But it’s not all negative news: Entertainment Weekly commented that “it’s sort of enjoyable watching Dexter again,” adding that although the show isn’t flawless, it’s also not “dead on arrival.” At the same time, IGN noted that “New Blood’s combination of old and new offers a tonne of potential.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will Dexter: New Blood be available in the UK?
Dexter will premiere in the UK on Monday, November 8, 2021, at 10 p.m. on Sky Atlantic and NOW’s streaming service.
How many episodes are there?
“Dexter: New Blood” will include ten episodes, a modest decrease from the previous eight seasons’ 12 episodes. Beginning November 7, 2021, it will be broadcast on Sunday evenings. The director of the first six episodes, Marcos Siega, has been confirmed. Cat Thomas, the costume designer, spoke with Gold Derby recently about what fans may anticipate from this “very wonderful season.”