Just in case anyone out there is still curious or interested in a “Dexter” spin-off, the news coming out of Showtime’s TCA event this week is that is a pretty unlikely thing to ever happen. To them, it has nothing to do with the critical backlash from the series finale; instead, it’s all about finding a way to do something with star Michael C. Hall.
At the event, David Nevins expressed that without Dexter Morgan appearing on-camera, there would not be any reason to continue the story. Not only that, but he would want it to feel very “different” from the original show. The last time that we saw Dexter, he was (finale spoiler alert!) working as a lumberjack seemingly in the Pacific Northwest. Deb is now dead, and there’s no way that he can go back to Miami after faking his own death.
The reason that we cannot see Hall returning to the show is simply because he’s a guy with far too much on his plate. He’s getting more into film acting as well as producing, and has another program in “American Dream Machine” that he is trying to develop. The only real benefits to continuing the “Dexter” character on any level would be to either make a ton of money (since he was paid rather handsomely near the end of the series), or to create an ending for the show again that he feels is better.
We wouldn’t be opposed to seeing at some point some sort of two-hour ending that gives you a better sense of closure. One of the parts of the final season that didn’t really work is that it felt at times like the producers didn’t know whether or not it was going to be the last season during production, and it became very disjointed with stuff that probably would not have been there were it clear that the end was near throughout. (See the whole middle portion of it.)
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