Dexter: New Blood premieres tonight, November 7, on Showtime. The 10-episode season marks a historic return for a beloved series that ended in—how do we put it—unpopular fashion. But the good news is that showrunner Clyde Phillips feels that the conclusion of New Blood Season 1 is going to blow fans away.
That’s all well and good. But Dexter fans aren’t getting ahead of themselves. Even though the original series finale left plenty to be desired, rebooting the entire thing is a risky proposition. Many are still unsure of whether or not New Blood is going to do the original justice.
Tonight’s premiere episode, titled “Cold Snap,” will go a long way toward alleviating those concerns. At least one fan was convinced by Dexter: New Blood’s opening.
So 1 episode into Dexter new blood & I’m not mad about it. Looking forward to the rest of the season hopefully they can redeem the horrible way they ended the show that ticked off many fans myself included. pic.twitter.com/rLBG5LGqNQ— Ginger (@capschick) November 8, 2021
In an interview with TV Line, showrunner Clyde Phillips explained why he thinks the conclusion of Dexter: New Blood Season 1 won’t disappoint.
“It’s going to be surprising, inevitable, and it’s going to blow up the Internet. It is, I personally think, the best thing I’ve written. Our director Marcos Siega, who could not be more experienced and a better friend of the show, thinks it’s the best thing he’s ever directed. I haven’t seen it yet, by the way. I only saw it get shot. We’re editing Episodes 7 and 8 right now, so I haven’t seen 10 yet. I can’t wait, to tell you the truth,” said Phillips.
‘Dexter: New Blood’ Showrunner Had Alternate Ending In Mind for Original Series
So Clyde Phillips is getting another shot at a dream ending. He admits that the original Dexter didn’t end on the best note. In fact, he had his own ideas about how to conclude the series.
“Well, my idea was … that, whatever the episode is, plays out, and then, suddenly, Dexter goes, ‘(GASPS!)’ and we think, ‘Oh, s—, he’s waking up from a dream. You’re really doing that to us?’ But really, what he’s doing, he’s waking up on the execution table and all of his victims in the witness area [are there]. We see [John] Lithgow, Jimmy Smits and Jamie Murray and all the weekly victims are witnessing his execution. And then, whatever brilliant voiceover that we would write would come up and then the show would end,” Phillips told Screen Rant recently.
But Phillips is glad the series didn’t go with that ending. Why? Because it would likely mean no Dexter: New Blood.
“And had we done that, we wouldn’t be making this fantastic show we’re making right now,” Phillips continued.