Dexter is back. Well, almost. Eight years after the finale (which left many fans disappointed) aired, the killer drama is returning for season nine.
The series will see Michael C Hall reprise his role as eponymous serial killer Dexter Morgan, with a brand new line-up joining him for the ride.
In January 2021, the cast for the ninth series was announced, including a new major villain entering the fold, and details of the shows’ setting (upstate New York) were revealed.
The revival is being viewed by many fans as a chance to put right the controversial finale which proved deeply unsatisfying for most viewers.
Hall recently told The Daily Beast, “Let’s be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying. And there’s always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling.
“I include myself in the group of people that wondered, ‘What the hell happened to that guy?’ so I’m excited to step back into it. I’ve never had that experience of playing a character this many years on.”
Hall’s approval was crucial for the return of the forensic analyst whose alter ego, the Dark Passenger, dispensed his own homicidal justice on people he believed had got away with nefarious crimes.
In 2018, Hall alluded to the possibility of Dexter returning from his years as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. But, he said: “I have just yet to, for my part, imagine or hear someone else’s idea that makes it feel worth doing.”
Of course, that has clearly changed, with Showtime’s upcoming 10-part season currently in the works and Hall set to reunite with his former showrunner Clyde Phillips.
Read on for everything you need to know about Dexter season nine.
Dexter season 9 cast
Crucially, Hall will reprise his role as Dexter Morgan, the part he played over eight seasons and 96 episodes between 2006-2013 for US network Showtime.
He responded “never say never” to a question in 2018 about whether or not he’d ever play the serial killer again, but maintained he would only do it if it was fresh, interesting and “worth doing”.
Veteran actor Clancy Brown will play a brand new villain in the new series, Kurt Caldwell, who is described as the unofficial mayor of the small town of Iron Lake. Brown’s previous credits include roles in The Shawshank Redemption and Billions.
In January 2021, Deadline announced new casting details for the series. Julia Jones, who appeared in the fourth episode of The Mandalorian season one, will portray Angela Bishop, the first Native American Chief of Police in the upstate New York town. Her rebellious daughter Audrey will be played by Believe’s Johnny Sequoyah.
Also joining the cast are Alano Miller (Sylvie’s Love) as an Iron Lake Police Department sergeant who also doubles up as the assistant wrestling coach for the local high school, and Jack Alcott as the mysterious Randall – all we know about him at this stage is that he has a “meaningful encounter” with Dexter.
One character who won’t be returning is Dexter’s foster sister, Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), who was shot and died in Remember the Monsters (unless, of course, she returns in flashbacks, or as a vision à la Dexter’s adoptive father Harry in the early seasons)
The involvement of showrunner Clyde Phillips is clearly crucial to Hall’s return. He was executive producer on the first four seasons of the show, during which time it was nominated for three Emmy nominations and four Writers Guild Award nominations for best drama series.
Hall himself had five straight lead actor Emmy Award nominations and won a Golden Globe for the role in 2010.
Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine said: “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”
When will Dexter season 9 air?
It’s not yet clear when Dexter season nine will screen on Showtime in the US, but it’s thought that filming will start before the end of 2020 and it could air as soon as autumn 2021.
Will Dexter be available in the UK?
It’s not yet clear if Dexter will screen in the UK but it had a strong fan base in the UK when it screened on FX UK channel (the first two seasons screened on Channel 5). It could be that FOX UK (previously FX UK) will again pick up the programme from Showtime.
If you want to revisit Dexter, or even watch it for the first time, Dexter seasons 1-8 are screening on Netflix.
Dexter season 9 spoilers
Phillips says that season nine will feature Dexter’s return from the wilderness or wherever he’s been in the intervening years since the season eight finale in 2013.
When last seen Dexter had faked his suicide and left Miami behind, heading to the forests of Oregon to become, of all things, a lumberjack, not quite a world away from his police job as a blood-spatter analyst but it may as well have been.
Details of the new series’ plot are firmly under wraps, but casting news revealed it would be at least partially set in Iron Lake, a small town in upstate New York, hinting that Dexter may have crawled out of the woodwork to face a new major villain played by Clancy Brown.
Many fans felt let down by the ending and Phillips, who left the show after season four, said he would have ended the series with Dexter’s execution, being watched by all his previous victims (hinting at what may in fact lie ahead of Dexter at the end of this revival season?).
But that would have been the final show and at least the widely derided but open-ended conclusion paved the way for Dexter’s return.
Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter: “We basically do get to start from scratch. … Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale.”
That didn’t mean the show was going to “undo” what happened in season eight; just make it right with Dexter fans – and there is the possibility that it may restore its standing with the fans who were dismayed when he walked off into the bush in season eight.
Who is directing Dexter?
In November, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Marcos Siega would direct six of the 10 episodes. He directed nine episodes of the original show, two of which Phillips wrote and has since collaborated with the showrunner on other projects. He has also directed True Blood, Veronica Mars, Blindspot and The Hollowing as well as the pilot for The CW series Batwoman.
Siega’s latest job has been directing Kaley Cuoco’s thriller series The Flight Attendant.
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