Dexter Franchise Gets Ominous Update From Showtime President
Showtime President Gary Levine talks about the possibility of the Dexter franchise continuing after New Blood, saying that “it’s too soon to say.”
Contrary to reports which hinted at more things to come after the conclusion of Dexter: New Blood, the President of Showtime Networks suggests there are no current plans in place for the franchise’s future. Based on the books penned by Jeff Lindsay, the original Dexter series starred Michael C. Hall as the vigilante serial killer Dexter Morgan from 2006 to 2013. In November of last year, Morgan returned to the role in a limited series revival dubbed Dexter: New Blood.
Seeking to provide Hall’s character with a more appropriate conclusion than the much-maligned original series finale, New Blood’s final episode provided fans with an unexpected and equally controversial ending. Throughout the revival series, Dexter became increasingly concerned that his estranged son Harrison shared his homicidal tendencies. These worries ultimately culminated in Dexter forcing his son to shoot him to atone for his failures as a father. While this would seem like a natural conclusion for the franchise, earlier this year Paramount executive David Nivens hinted that more Dexter could still be on the way.
If the latest comments by Showtime Networks President Gary Levine are any measure, however, concrete plans to continue the Dexter franchise are still yet to materialize. In a response to being asked by TVLine whether fans could expect more Dexter: New Blood, Levine suggests that “it’s too soon to say”. Check out his response below:
It’s too soon to say. We’re still basking in the glow of the limited series, which was everything we hoped for
What Could Be Next For The Dexter Franchise
While Levine’s comments may squash fan hopes for a quick return to the world of Dexter, they do not entirely discount the possibility of the franchise continuing. Though Hall’s Dexter Morgan eventually met his end at the hands of his own son, the finale also set up the potential for a new spinoff following Jack Alcott’s Harrison as he with his own dark impulses. Alcott has already expressed enthusiasm for the idea of returning as the character, and showrunner Clyde Phillips has also suggested he is open to returning to Dexter’s world.
Moreover, just because his character is dead does not necessarily discount Hall from reprising his iconic role, either. Just like James Remar’s Harry Morgan in the original Dexter series and Jennifer Carpenter’s Debra in New Blood, a new series could potentially see a posthumous Dexter appear to Harrison in much the same way his own loved ones once appeared to him. If a Dexter continuation planned to follow Harrison evolving into his own version of a vigilante serial killer, there would be no better person to advise him on his journey. While there might not be any immediate plans for more Dexter: New Blood, fans would still be keen to see more of Hall’s serial killer.
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