Dexter Returns: How the Revival May Redeem the Disappointing Ending

Stunning information rolled on this week as Showtime announced it was bringing Dexter back for a limited series of 10 episodes, which, hopefully if all goes properly, will be capable of wash away the sourness many followers really feel about the way in which the sequence ended again in 2013.Can the Bay Harbor Butcher be redeemed after the many failings of Season 8? Are viewers serious about watching Michael C. Corridor’s Dexter Morgan creep out of the woods, the place we final noticed him in self-exile as a bearded lumberjack, to serial-slash-up some extra serial killers? There’ve been many standard exhibits through the years that could not stick the touchdown however Dexter, after being a fairly first rate pop-culture phenomenon, grew to become a type of sequence the place, after it wrapped, people could only talk about how badly it ended.

In fact, bringing one thing again years later would not all the time work. The X-Information revivals, particularly the brand new mythology episodes, had been met with disinterest. If Dexter the present, very like Dexter the character, would not be taught any classes from its previous errors, properly then… we’d find yourself with Dexter as a haunted, reclusive fisherman this time round.So listed here are just a few methods the Dexter revival can probably set issues proper with followers – and possibly even finish issues on a triumphant be aware that modifications all the discourse concerning the sequence going ahead?

Kill Dexter

This one appears so apparent that an argument could possibly be made concerning why the present possibly should not do it, however simply realizing that the writers had been particularly informed by Showtime, for the ultimate season, that they may NOT kill off Dexter, regardless that all the sequence appeared to be main as much as some sort of self-sacrificial demise for everybody’s favourite blood spatter analyst/appreciator, means this sort of has to occur.

The sequence particularly obtained right into a rut, because the years pressed on, as a result of the community insisted on a kind of narrative stasis that will permit the story to go on for for much longer than it ought to. Dexter would meet somebody new, who’d educate him one thing vital, after which they’d go away (often by way of Dexter’s knife). Then the subsequent season would begin and it might be like Dexter by no means met that character. This artistic hampering continued by means of to the tip the place the edict was “Dexter could not die.” Due to spinoff/revival potential.

So the present wound up killing off Deb (off-screen, ffs!) and Dexter faked his personal demise and have become a tragic, fuzzy logger.

So the obvious factor the present can do story-wise, proper out of the gate, is for it to do what it ought to have accomplished seven years in the past. Which is bump off Dexter.

Like… Do Seasons 5 Via 8 Have to Exist?

In fact, this is able to be the largest swing the revival sequence might take, and in the end one it for certain will not do however… would anybody be mad if Dexter awoke one morning, years later (to account for Michael C. Corridor and others growing older), and not one of the story post-Season 4 occurred?

Like, Dexter’s simply been a dormant killer ever since Rita was killed. He is simply been elevating Astor, Cody, and Harrison. This implies Deb could be alive too, so that will right one other enormous mistake from the previous sequence finale. We would not simply must see Deb as a figment of Dexter’s creativeness (which is what she’ll must be if Jennifer Carpenter returns to the position).

Granted, I really appreciated most of Season 7. The stuff with Dexter falling for Yvonne Strahovski’s poisoner Hannah, the story with Ray Stevenson’s Isaak, and Deb lastly discovering out about Dexter (which occurred within the Season 6 finale, although it ought to have occurred within the Season 5 finale) after which killing LaGuerta – that every one labored. And the primary few episodes of Season 8 held promise as a result of they targeted on Deb vs. Dexter.

However largely, erasing the second half of the sequence would imply ditching a few of its most wasteful components, just like the insane retconning in Season 8 with Charlotte Rampling’s Dr. Vogel, who we had been being launched to for the primary time, being the unique architect of Dexter’s code, or the icky awfulness of Deb growing romantic emotions for Dexter regardless that the sequence had by no means leaned into that in any respect and had all the time portrayed them as having a sibling-like relationship. Most everybody agrees that a lot of the present’s artistic highs got here within the first 4 seasons and that Season 4 ended with an enormous sea change for the story. So possibly simply proceed from Rita within the bathtub?

Once more, this would possibly not occur. Returning showrunner Clyde Phillips has already said they won’t make it “all a dream.” However you already know what? We are able to dream too!

A Worthy Villain

One of many softer sins of Season 8 was that it had a very underwhelming antagonist. Even when folks complain concerning the ultimate season, what number of people arrive at Oliver Saxon being a complete weenie of a foul man. We did not even get a ultimate “Dexter plastic room kill” out of it. Dexter shortly slashed Oliver’s neck inside a police interrogation room and took off on a ship. Oliver, “the right psychopath,” was imagined to be a mirrored image of Dexter however he was one of many least-memorable maniacs on the present. And it is nearly hurtful that he obtained to be the one who killed off Deb (after she’d survived a lot!) and, in the end, upended Dexter’s total life.

If Dexter’s coming again, and somebody or one thing is bringing him out of his woodland habitat, they higher be price it. Like Ice Truck Killer or Trinity Killer ranges of menace.

Deliver Again Hannah

Okay, so clearly, having Dexter return with out Jennifer Carpenter as Deb — even when she’d simply be a ghost or hallucination or what have you ever, which isn’t perfect — would really feel incorrect. However Yvonne Strahovski’s Hannah was one of many higher components of the Dexter’s ultimate two seasons and he or she was a sociopath similar to Dexter, and he beloved her, so she looks as if a superb place to start out with regards to returning forged. Particularly since she’s the one who wound up as younger Harrison’s guardian.

All the opposite characters — from Batista to Quinn to Masuka — hinge on Dexter returning to Miami, which he would not must do. Particularly since he’ll be wished for straight-up homicide. However look, the sequence might bounce Dexter round far and wide. Possibly he is in Miami for under two episodes after which we will see some previous acquainted faces (who’ll be out to arrest him!)? However bringing Deb again is not location-specific and neither is roping Hannah again into the story.

A Lumberjack Credit Sequence

Regardless of the sequence’ accrued falterings, Dexter’s opening credit had been all the time cool as hell. And possibly if the present has Dexter head again to Miami (although why even do this when you may go someplace new?), we will see the unique opening once more. However earlier than that occurs, it might be fairly humorous, and superior, if the writers really leaned into the lumberjack awfulness and did a separate opening credit score sequence, possibly only for the premiere, the place Dexter’s morning ritual was all Yukon-based.

He places on his flannel and boots, pours an obscene quantity of syrup on a stack of flapjacks, sharpens his axe – you get the concept. It might be a enjoyable, winking second the place the writers and followers might come collectively and mess around with essentially the most maligned a part of the sequence.

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Matt Fowler is a author for IGN and a member of the Tv Critics Affiliation. Observe him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Fb at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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