The popular crime series Dexter made its way back to television after wrapping in 2013. Michael C. Hall reprised his starring role as the moonlighting serial killer for the ten-episode limited series. Dexter: New Blood begins ten years after the season eight finale, with the murderer living under a new name in the fictional town of Iron Lake in New York, after vanishing in the eye of Hurricane Laura. Now that the show has come to an epic conclusion Clyde Phillips, who resumed his duties as showrunner for Dexter: New Blood, said that he would love the opportunity to work on another season of the show. Speaking to Deadline, Phillips said the show is a huge asset and he’s confident that the viewership numbers will continue to rise once people binge the season in its entirety.
“If they ask me to make a continuation of this, I would say yes. I have a lot of things going on but I would drop everything for this and say yes in one second,” Phillips said. In the finale of Dexter: New Blood, the serial killer is shot by Harrison and he is seen bleeding out. But the viewer doesn’t know if he’s definitely dead. When asked to confirm Dexter’s fate, Phillips gave a definitive response, “I have three words for you: Dexter is dead.”
Elaborating on his decision to kill Dexter, the showrunner said he would never call the viewer’s bluff because it would be dishonest. So there is no question that this is the finale of Dexter: New Blood. Since Dexter is definitely dead, Phillips alluded to a continuation that focuses on Harrison. “Harrison is such a complicated character and he has within him the seeds of the dark passenger,” he told the publication. “He’s capable. Look at that takedown of Dexter in the end, what’s in Harrison is that he has to kill this man.”
For anyone who doesn’t know, Harrison Morgan is the son of Dexter and Rita Morgan and the half-brother of Cody and Astor. He first appeared as an infant in season four, whose constant fussing causes Dexter to become fatigued resulting in mistakes while practicing his “hobby”. But Dexter genuinely cares for his son, who makes various other appearances throughout the flagship series. In Dexter: New Blood, Harrison is now a teenager and reunites with his father.
While Showtime hasn’t officially picked up Dexter: New Blood for a second season, the creative possibilities for a series starring Harrison are endless – since he’s such a complex character. According to Phillips, Harrison will bring a different perspective to vigilantism than Dexter did. He brings a youthful, optimistic innocence to the job because he sees himself and his dad as a real-life Batman and Robin. Every time they take out a bad guy, they’re essentially saving countless lives. Dexter never thought that way.
Based on the 2004 novel, Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, the original series followed Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) – a forensic technician specializing in bloodstain pattern analysis for the Miami Metro Police Department. But unbeknown to most, Dexter led a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who slipped through the cracks of the justice system.
The book was adapted for television by James Manos Jr., who wrote the first episode. Subsequent seasons of Dexter evolved independently of Lindsay’s works. All episodes of Dexter, including its original run and Dexter: New Blood are streaming now via Showtime’s website and apps.