‘Dexter: New Blood’ Producer and Michael C. Hall Promise Revival ‘Is Not Season 9’
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the series finale of Dexter.]
When Dexterended after eight seasons, fans wanted a season 9. The ending left them a bit unsatisfied with where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) ended up. Well, they’re getting a new season of Dexter this year, but the creators assure us Dexter: New Blood is not season 9.
Time itself means ‘Dexter: New Blood’ can’t be season 9
Dexter: New Blood is the next installment, but the sheer nature of time makes it something new. It has been eight years since the series ended, so New Blood begins at a new point.
Hall and producers Clyde Phillips and Scott Reynolds were on a San Diego Comic-Con@Home panel for Dexter: New Blood, along with new cast member Julia Jones. The trio explained why New Blood is not season 9 of the original series. New Blood premieres Nov. 7 on Showtime.
“One of the things that we all agreed on, what Michael really insisted on and was completely right, was that this not be Dexter Season 9,” Phillips said. “This is not the next moment after the lumberjack moment, that we acknowledge the truth. Time has passed. Almost 10 years have passed. We pick up Dexter in another place, in another world, as far away from Miami as possible.”
“Going back to the way the show ended, I think we see Dexter having made a choice to go into a self-imposed exile,” Hall said. “I think he’s doing a very, very long protracted penance for the people who’ve died who were close to him and not intended victims because of how he’d been living, how he perhaps was playing fast and loose with the code.”
‘Dexter: New Blood’ shows a killer trying a new approach
Dexter lived by a code Harry (James Remar) instilled upon him. As long as he only killed serial killers, he could indulge his deadly instincts. The code still didn’t protect his loved ones, though. Hall said Dexter is trying something new.