John Lithgow Expounds On His Role In Revival Of ‘Dexter’

by Thomas Tuna

Acclaimed actor John Lithgow sounds like he’s pleased as punch to reprise one of his Emmy Award-winning roles–a killer on Showtime’s Dexter revival.

Lithgow will lend his considerable star power to the 10-episode return of the popular Dexter series–as reported here in Horror News Network–playing Arthur Mitchell (aka The Trinity Killer), who was an integral part of Season 4. And the actor opened up about the role and the new series in a recent interview, as reported by Deadline.

Lithgow said he became excited about the project when he learned the series is “completely different from (the original show). It’s a reimagining. They don’t take it into a different era, but it’s in a different part of the world–a different part of the country–with a whole new cast of characters.”

Lithgow’s appearance on the revival does pose an important question, though. Fans of the original show will recall that The Trinity Killer was himself killed by Dexter in the fourth season. So, what gives?

Lithgow–who won his fifth Emmy for this role in 2010–explained it this way. “As all Dexter fans know, we saw the end of The Trinity Killer, so that–by definition–means it’s a flashback,” he said. “It was just wonderful to rejoin that gang.”

Another Dexter “resurrection” was announced this week, with the news that Jennifer Carpenter will return as Dexter’s sister Deb for the revival. Fans will remember Deb being killed in the Season 8 finale, so time will tell if she also appears in some sort of flashback scene.

The Dexter revival of the fan-favorite series that originally ran from 2006-2013 is slated to air on Showtime sometime this fall. The series–led by showrunner Clyde Phillips–takes place a decade after Dexter Morgan “went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura,” according to the official synopsis. The titular character is now living under the assumed name of Jim Lindsay “in a world away from Miami.”

The original 96-episode run of Dexter–developed by James Manos Jr. from the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter–was nominated for 24 Primetime Emmy Awards and 10 Golden Globe Awards. The show also won a Peabody Award in 2007.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the Dexter revival on Showtime.


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