‘Dexter’ Original Creator Reveals Real Thoughts on Controversial Final Season

by Michael Freeman

When a show ends, it’s all but a certainty there will be a rift among fans as to whether it was fitting or not. One show that doesn’t really apply to is Dexter. With the series finale being universally despised, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who liked it. That being said, what does the show’s original creator think?

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Clyde Phillips recently, the executive producer for the first four seasons of the show. Talking about the new series, Dexter: New Blood, it was inevitable the original show’s finale would be discussed. In a nutshell, Phillips is not a fan.

“The show went off the rails,” Phillips bluntly responded. “The show was untethered, and the character was untethered. I wasn’t in the room, so I can’t really criticize anybody for that. Many factors go into what happens between executive producers and network influence.”

He then notes that’s his opinion as a producer, but it appears as a viewer, his thoughts don’t differ too much. “But as an audience member with a vested interest, I thought the show lost its way. I mean, there were videos of people watching the final episode and yelling at their television.”

Clyde Phillips isn’t wrong in the slightest. From the moment the series finale debuted, people were calling for a redo and to forget the last season even existed. Though the new show isn’t a reboot or a do-over, it’ll be interesting to see how the producers incorporate everything that happened.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait very long. Dexter: New Blood premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

Clyde Phillips Reveals How he Wanted to End ‘Dexter’

We now know Clyde Phillips thought Dexter lost its way and the finale was a bitter end. That being said, he also revealed how he would have finished things if it were up to him.

In a different interview with Screen Rant, Philips went into detail about how he envisioned the series wrapping up. “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,” he explained. “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.”

That’s not all though. After that, a voiceover would say something and that’s how the show would end. However, Phillips said he’s happy his plan never came to fruition. If it had, “we wouldn’t be making this fantastic show we’re making right now.”