Dexter: New Blood season 2 - release date rumours, cast and plot for serial killer drama
The show has made an unexpected return on more than one occasion. *CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR DEXTER: NEW BLOOD SEASON 1*
Eight whole years after that disappointing finale, hit serial killer drama Dexter has returned with a reboot titled Dexter: New Blood.
The reboot, which picks up 10 years after the original season 8 finale, was an attempt to right the wrongs of the widely criticised ending (read our Dexter: New Blood review for more on this).
And the revival must have done something right, because it has officially become Showtime’s most-watched series of all time, with the show’s 10-episode run averaging around 8 million viewers a week.
“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response from the millions of fans of Dexter: New Blood these past 10 weeks,” said Gary Levine, the entertainment president of Showtime Networks. “Whether they loved the finale or couldn’t bear to see it end, we so appreciate their passion.”
So, it’s hardly surprising that fans who’ve binged the series are wondering whether there’ll be a Dexter: New Blood season 2.
Read on for everything you need to know about whether there’ll be a Dexter: New Blood season 2. But be warned: full spoilers follow for Dexter: New Blood!
Will there be a Dexter: New Blood season 2?
If you’ve watch Dexter: New Blood's epic finale, you’re probably assuming the answer to whether there'll be a season 2 would be a "no", given that Dexter finally gets the ending he deserves and receives a fatal gunshot wounds at the hands of his own son, Harrison.
New Blood was originally billed as a limited series, with Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine previously telling, Deadline: "Dexter is a limited series and any further discussions of Dexter will have to wait until we finish airing the limited series and see where we are with our stories and our characters.
"Dexter was really designed to have a proper conclusion to the series, and I believe we will deliver that in the best possible way."
Now that Dexter is dead, it remains to be seen whether another season will be commissioned but showrunner Phillips has revealed he would snap up an opportunity to work on another season.
He told Deadline: “This show is a huge asset. When people start bingeing this after the finale, I’m confident the numbers will continue to go up. It’s up to Showtime to make the call to me if they want more. 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.”
Dexter: New Blood season 2 release date rumours
It's far too early to make any guesses at this – especially given it's still quite likely that the series has already run its course.
But, in the event that a second season of Dexter: New Blood is commissioned, it would probably be at least a year away – likely even more.
Who knows, perhaps it will return another eight years down the line, as was the case this time around.
Dexter: New Blood season 2 cast rumours
While it looks like fans won't be getting a repeat performance from Michael C. Hall following Dexter's death, we can definitely expect other faces from the recent run to return is there is a second season.
Though Alano Miller as Sergeant Logan won't be returning following his demise in season one, we'd imagine Jack Alcott would be back as Dexter's son Harrison Morgan, while Julia Jones as Police Chief Angela Bishop and Johnny Sequoyah as Audrey Bishop should also be likely to return.
Meanwhile, any second season would probably also have to include original cast member Jennifer Carpenter, who appeared as an illusory version of Dexter's late sister Debra throughout the recent run.
Dexter: New Blood season 2 plot
Even if a second season is announced, it's still too early to say for sure what might happen but, following Dexter’s demise in New Blood’s finale, a second season would shift the focus to Dexter’s now-grown son Harrison, Phillips has revealed.
He told Deadline: “Harrison is such a complicated character and he has within him the seeds of the dark passenger. He’s capable. Look at that takedown of Dexter in the end, what’s in Harrison is that he has to kill this man."
He added: "Also, Harrison brings a different perspective to the vigilantism of it all than Dexter did, which was kind of surprising to Dexter. He brings this youthful, optimistic innocence, that he and his dad are basically Batman and Robin. Think of every time we take out one of these bad guys how many lives we’re saving, that this bad person is not going to kill. Dexter never thought of that. Dexter was only taking out bad guys because that was his code."
It’s not yet clear how Harrison’s storyline would shape up in a second season, but it’s likely to follow on from all of the tragedy that unfolded in the first season.
Dexter: New Blood ending – is Dexter dead?
After a tumultuous start, Dexter and Harrison grew closer towards the end of New Blood as Dexter let him in on his huge secret: he murders serial killers.
However, Dexter comes to realise by the end of the series that he had become everything he has previously stood against – and that the only person who could save him was his son, who had also inherited Dexter’s darkness.
In the show's finale, titled Sins of the Father, Dexter and Harrison begin making plans to move away from Iron Lake after his house is burned down, potentially at the hands of one of his enemies.
However, police chief and Dexter’s girlfriend Angela discovers something in the ashes that swiftly leads to Dexter’s demise: evidence that he murdered Kurt Caldwell's son Matthew Caldwell. Dexter is dragged to the police station, where he gives Angela information on all of Kurt’s crimes including the locations of the bodies of the countless women he’s murdered.
With Angela distracted, Dexter kills Logan to get access to the keys he needs to escape, and speeds off in Logan’s police car to reach Harrison.
However, when Harrison realises his father has killed his coach, Logan, he reminds Dexter that killing a good man as collateral damage isn’t part of the moral code he’s supposed to live by – and points a loaded gun at him.
Right before Dexter receives a fatal bullet to the chest, the show’s voiceover says: “I’ve never felt real love until now.” And after he’s shot, he tells his son: “You did good.”
Dexter might have returned unexpectedly before, but showrunner Clyde Phillips has insisted that, after he was shot by his own son in the New Blood finale, actor Michael C. Hall won’t be coming back to life again.
“I have three words for you: Dexter is dead,” he told Deadline. “I wouldn’t do that to the audience. It would be dishonest. Here, there is no question that this is the finale of Dexter. Dexter is dead.”
Phillips recently explained why Dexter’s death had to occur.
"We needed him to [die], I think," he told Rotten Tomatoes. "Dexter is an antihero, which is [still] a hero that we like, but he is still psychotic. And he kills people, and you’re not supposed to kill people. So it's, in a way, it's just desserts. In a way, it's what has to happen."
He continued: "And as for the specifics of the method of how it happened, that evolved in the writing room. We had great writers, and it's what we call 'best idea wins'.
"And once again, once you introduce what's called Chekhov's 'rifle', people who are paying attention to that kind of stuff … it's kind of a foreboding, a breadcrumb. And then the trick was to make it honest and authentic, dignified, have its own integrity."