‘Dexter’ Star Michael C. Hall Was Just as Critical of Show’s Original Ending as Fans

by Megan Molseed

When fans of the wildly popular Showtime original series Dexter gathered around their television sets in 2013 to catch the long-awaited series finale, many felt the show ended on a disappointing note.

And, in a recent interview, Dexter star Michael C. Hall admits he feels the same way about the controversial ending to the series.

“I totally get people’s dissatisfaction with the way the show ended ’cause it didn’t really end,” explains the Dexter star. “It just left us in this pretty unresolved funny certain place.”

‘Dexter’ Left Some Unanswered Questions

For Hall, the fate of his anti-hero serial killer character, Dexter did make sense. However, he does feel it left too many things unanswered, giving fans an unsatisfying end.

“I thought that it made sense for the character to find himself in that position and to put himself in this self-imposed exile after all the chaos after the show,” the actor says.

“I would get why it was pretty unsatisfying,” Hall continues, noting that he knows fans were waiting for some questions to be answered as the series ended. However, many of those answers never really came.

“They spent all this time and were longing for something that answered some questions or tied some things up or did something that the finale didn’t manage to do,” Hall says of the fans.

Hall’s Killer Is the Perfect Anti-Hero

In the groundbreaking Showtime series, Michale C. Hall plays the title character, Dexter Morgan.

Morgan serves as a blood-spatter analyst at the Miami Police Department. However, he has a secret that ironically ties into his field of work. Dexter is a sociopathic serial killer.

But, the killer has found a sort of hack to his desire to murder. Dexter makes it his duty to track down and murder seemingly worse serial killers. So, in a sense, he feels he’s using his desires to kill in a good way. Ridding the world of evil, therefore, making the world a bit of a better place.

In the series finale, Dexter’s sister Debra, who is played by Jennifer Carpenter, is murdered by a serial killer and buried at sea. Dexter is seen driving his boat into a hurricane, presumably to kill himself. But, in the last few moments of the show, fans learned that Dexter had faked his death. The serial killer has placed himself in a sort of self-imposed exile and is now living as a lumberjack in Oregon.

While Michael C. Hall does agree with the frustrations fans had towards the series finale, he does note that the ending opened the door for the upcoming brand new mini-series, Dexter: New Blood.

“If nothing else, it did set the stage for what we’ve been up to for the last several months in this new show,” Hall says. “So maybe that’s the silver lining.”