How the ‘Dexter’ Creator Originally Wanted to End the Series

by Madison Miller

As we all await the new “Dexter: New Blood” revival, you can’t help but think about the highly popular original series.

Some people may even be binge-watching the killer show in anticipation of the new series. “Dexter” is a popular crime drama that aired on Showtime from 2006 to 2013. The show stars Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall. He works as a forensic technician that specializes in bloodstain pattern analysis.

Original Planned Ending for ‘Dexter’

When he’s not staring at bloodstains at a crime scene, he’s creating them himself. By night, Dexter Morgan is a vigilante serial killer that hunts down serial killers that have not received proper justice due to a corrupt system.

“Dexter” has a cult following, which is obvious given this new revival. However, if the show had ended how the creator Clyde Phillips originally intended, there would be no new series coming out. The real ending has a lot of mixed reviews. Many fans were dissatisfied because it didn’t provide any real kind of resolution.

According to an interview with Screen Rant, he said he wanted the series to end with a tragic ending for Dexter Morgan.

He explained what that final scene would have looked like in-depth. Although it would have made for stellar television, during the time of revivals, remakes, and reboots, maybe it’s best not to kill off the main character.

“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. And had we done that, we wouldn’t be making this fantastic show we’re making right now,” Phillips said to the news outlet.

More Information on ‘Dexter: New Blood’

Now the cult classic show starring the world’s favorite serial killer will come alive with vengeance once again.

“Dexter: New Blood” will pick up with Morgan living in Iron Lake, which is a fictional spot in Upstate New York. As of now, the plan is to release 10 new episodes. Michael C. Hall spoke to NME about the potential for even more “Dexter.”

“I’m reluctant to say ‘definitely’, you know? Let’s see. What’s plain now is that there’s 10 new episodes,” he said. These 10 episodes will also feature Jennifer Carpenter, who played Dexter’s sister Debra in the original series. John Lithgow will also return as the Trinity Killer, which was an award-winning role for him.

The new series will air on November 7 on Showtime.