SPOILER ALERT! The following article reveals details from the finale of Dexter: New Blood.
Closure is necessary. But it isn’t always pleasant.
The 10-episode Showtime series Dexter: New Blood–a continuance of the celebrated series that wrapped up unsatisfactorily back in 2013–concluded this weekend with its final episode, Sins of the Father.
And, as reported by Deadline, the dramatic ending finally brought an end to Dexter’s killing sprees, but perhaps left the door open for another spinoff series.
As explained by series showrunner Clyde Phillips in an interview conducted soon after the final episode aired, “Dexter Morgan is dead.” Whether this ending completes the circle for most of the show’s loyal followers, it is–in fact–Dexter’s end.
In a nutshell, by the end of New Blood, Dexter realizes he has become the evil he has been trying to destroy all these years, and the only one who can save him is his son Harrison.
At the very end, it comes down to a father-son confrontation, with Harrison pointing a loaded gun at his father. “I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you,” Dexter says. “You deserve better. A better life, a better father.”
Dexter then tells his son, “You have to take the safety off–just like I showed you. This is the only way out.” “For both of us,” Harrison says. Right after the shot, Dexter adds, “You did good.”
Dexter’s life may be over, but what of Harrison? Phillips has teased that he would be open to another spinoff series, if Showtime is interested. Could the saga continue through the eyes of Harrison (played by Jack Alcott)?
“It’s up to Showtime to make the call to me if they want more,” Phillips said. “If they ask me if I’d like to make a continuation of this, I would say yes. I have a lot of things going on, but I would drop everything for this and say yes in one second.”
Harrison, Phillips added, is “such a complicated character, and he has within him the seeds of the Dark Passenger. He’s capable. Also, he brings a different perspective to the vigilantism than Dexter did. He brings this youthful, optimistic innocence.”
Dexter: New Blood–developed by Phillips and directed by Marcos Siega–stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter reprising their roles as Dexter and Debra Morgan, along with Alcott, Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah, Alano Miller and Clancy Brown.
The storyline–set 10 years after the conclusion of Dexter–finds the former forensic specialist (who moonlights as a vengeful serial killer) in the small town of Iron Lake, N.Y., after faking his death. Hiding his identity under the assumed name of Jim Lindsay, Dexter develops a relationship with police chief Angela Bishop.
But, “a string of incidents causes Dexter to fear that the Dark Passenger within him–and potentially within his son Harrison–will reveal itself.”
The original 96-episode run of Dexter–developed by John Manos Jr. from the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter–earned 24 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won a 2017 Peabody Award.
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