This one seems so obvious that an argument could be made regarding why the series should not do, but just knowing that Showtime specifically told the writers, for the final season, that they CANNOT kill Dexter, even though the whole series seemed to lead to some sort of blood-favorite self-sacrificial death. the world, analyst / assessor of projections, means this kind of must The series specifically got into a rut, over the years, as the network insisted on some type of narrative stasis that would allow the story to last much longer than it should. Dexter would meet someone new, who would teach him something important, and then they would leave (usually via Dexter’s knife). Then the next season would start and it would be like Dexter had never met this character. This hindrance to creation continued until the end when the edict was “Dexter could not die”. Because of the potential for fallout / renewal.
So the show ended up killing Deb (offscreen, ffs!) And Dexter faked his own death and became a sad, fuzzy lumberjack.
So the most obvious thing the show can do from a story point of view, right off the bat, is do what it should have done seven years ago. Which is a Dexter bump.
Like… Do seasons 5 to 8 have to exist?
Of course, that would be the biggest swing the revival series could take, and ultimately a for sure won’t do but … would anyone be mad if Dexter woke up one morning, years later (to account for the aging of Michael C. Hall and others), and no story post -Season 4 has happened? Like, Dexter is just a sleeping killer since Rita was killed. He just raised Astor, Cody and Harrison. This means Deb would be alive as well, which would correct another huge mistake from the old series finale. We wouldn’t simply have to see Deb as the figment of Dexter’s imagination (which she must be if Jennifer Carpenter returns in the role).
Granted, I enjoyed most of Season 7. The thing with Dexter falling in love with Yvonne Strahovski’s poisoner Hannah, the story with Isaak by Ray Stevenson, and Deb finally finding out about Dexter (what happened in the season 6 finale, although it should have happened in the season 5 finale) then kill LaGuerta – everything worked. And the first episodes of Season 8 were promising because they focused on Deb vs Dexter.
But above all, erasing the second half of the series would mean giving up some of its more unnecessary parts, like Season 8’s insane reunion with Charlotte Rampling’s Dr. Vogel, who we were first introduced to being the architect. original The Code of Dexter, or the horrific horror of Deb developing romantic feelings for Dexter even though the show had never looked into that at all and always portrayed them as having a sibling-like relationship. Almost everyone agrees that most of the show’s creative peaks came in the first four seasons, and Season 4 ended with a huge change in story. So maybe Rita’s going on in the tub?
Again, this will not happen. Returning showrunner Clyde Phillips has previously said they won’t be having “all of a dream.” But you know what? We can dream too!
A worthy villain
One of the sweetest sins of Season 8 was that it had a completely underwhelming antagonist. Even when people are complaining about the last season, how many people come to Oliver Saxon as a little villain. We didn’t even get a final Dexter plastic room kill. Dexter quickly cut off Oliver’s neck in a police interrogation room and took off on a boat. Oliver, “the perfect psychopath,” was meant to mirror Dexter, but he was one of the show’s less memorable maniacs. And it’s almost hurtful that he’s the one who killed Deb (after she survived so much!) And, ultimately, turned Dexter’s life upside down.
If Dexter returns and someone or something kicks him out of his woodland habitat, it better be worth it. Like Ice Truck Killer or Trinity Killer threat levels.
Okay, so obviously, for Dexter to come back without Jennifer Carpenter as Deb – even if she’d just be a ghost or a hallucination or whatever, which isn’t ideal – would feel bad. But Yvonne Strahovski’s Hannah was one of the best parts of Dexter’s last two seasons and she was a sociopath, just like Dexter, and he loved her, so she seems like a good starting point to get back to the cast. Especially since she is the one who ended up becoming the tutor of young Harrison.
Every other character – from Batista to Quinn to Masuka – depends on Dexter returning to Miami, which he doesn’t have to do. Especially since he will be wanted for outright murder. But look, the show could bounce Dexter all over the place. Maybe he’s in Miami for just two episodes and then we get to see some old familiar faces (who will want to stop him!)? But bringing Deb back isn’t location specific and doesn’t bring Hannah back into the story.
A lumberjack credit streak
Despite the hesitation built up in the series, Dexter’s opening credits were still as cool as hell. And maybe if the show brings Dexter back to Miami (though why do that when you can go somewhere new?), We can revisit the original opening. But before that happens, it would be pretty funny and awesome if the writers actually lean into the terrible horror of the lumberjack and do a separate opening credit streak, maybe just for the premiere, where The Morning Ritual de Dexter was based entirely in the Yukon.
He puts on his flannel and boots, pours an obscene amount of syrup on a stack of flapjacks, sharpens his ax – you get the idea. It would be a fun, flashing moment where writers and fans could come together and play with the most maligned part of the series.
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Matt Fowler is a writer for the IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.