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Dexter limited series is ‘a great opportunity to write a second finale’ after much-maligned ending

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Dexter’s series finale after eight seasons left many fans with a sour taste in their mouth.

But the upcoming return of the Bay Harbour Butcher could change all that.

Dexter’s showrunner has confirmed that the limited series comeback for the show is an ‘opportunity to make it right’ after the 2013 finale of the show was branded a ‘mess’ by viewers.

The last episode saw Dexter (Michael C Hall) sail off into a storm after burying his sister Debra’s body at sea, and his boat was later found wrecked, with the killer presumed dead.

However, it emerged that Dexter faked his own death and was living in solitude as a lumberjack in Oregon.

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Showrunner Clyde Phillips left initially after the critically acclaimed fourth series but is returning for the new 10 episode run, and says that the series gives the team a second shot at that ending.

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Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter’s TV Top 5 podcast, Phillips said: ‘We basically do get to start from scratch. We want this to not be Dexter season nine.

‘Ten years have passed, or however many years have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale for a show, and Showtime is very gracious about that.’

Phillips was asked whether the reaction to the finale had anything to do with Michael C Hall returning to play the vigilante blood spatter analyst, with the showrunner saying: ‘Michael certainly was aware that the ending wasn’t well received, and I believe that he was not completely satisfied with. This is an opportunity to make that right. 

‘But that’s not why we’re doing it. We’re doing it because there’s such a hunger for Dexter out there.’

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The show is returning for 10 episodes (Picture: Dan Littlejohn/Showtime/Kobal/REX)

However, the show won’t pull a Dallas and have Dexter waking up mid-season three with his wife Rita and sister Debra still alive.

Phillips said: ‘We’re not undoing anything. We’re not doing movie magic. We’re not going to betray the audience and say, “Whoops, that was all a dream.” What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years.’

Careful of spoilers, though, he did admit that the drama has brought dead characters back from the grave in the form of ghostly apparitions before – so we could possibly see Jennifer Carpenter (Debra) in some shape or form. 

Phillips previously revealed the idea he had for the finale of Dexter, had he remained as showrunner for all eight seasons, and it was pretty cool.

He told E! Online that in the final scene he hoped to pitch, Dexter opens his eyes, and he’s on the execution table at Florida Penitentiary.  

The series has all been flashbacks leading up to his execution, and as he looks out into the observation gallery, we see the people who he was responsible for killing, like the Ice Truck Killer and the Trinity Killer.  

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Phillips said: ‘That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies.  Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion. 

Dexter will begin filming next year, with a tentative air date of autumn 2021. 

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