WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Dexter. Read at your own risk.
Dexter is returning in a form of limited series at some point next year on Showtime. The crime drama mysteries series was a huge hit during its run between 2006 and 2013. Michael C. Hall played the titular role, a bloodstain pattern analyst by day and a vigilante serial killer by night.
Dexter has won a lot of awards during its run, including several for Hall. But, despite its popularity, the series concluded on a controversial note. Now that it is coming for a limited outing, fans can't help but wonder whether or not the original ending will be changed.
In season 8, Dexter Morgan goes into hiding and chose to live in the remote wilds of Oregon. He planned to flee America with his lover Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) and his son Harrison (Jadon Wells). However, everything was ruined because of an unexpected event.
His sister, Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter), was attacked by Oliver Saxon (Darri Ingólfsson). The incident caused a huge impact on her, leading her to a vegetative state. This prompted the titular character to kill Saxon to get revenge for his sister.
But then, he was caught murdering him on CCTV. He persuaded the authority that what he did was an act of self-defense. Later on, he realized that Debra's brain dead and he'd lost her forever. He switched off her life support and escaped the hospital with her body as he embarked on a new journey.
Hannah and Harrison, on the other hand, went to Jacksonville to ensure their safety. The titular character faked his own death in order to start anew and escaped on a boat. This official ending, reportedly, caused an uproar with the creators defending the conclusion.
Now that Showtime is bringing the series back on the screen, fans were hoping that the ending might be changed. Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast TV's Top 5, showrunner Clyde Phillips discussed what's coming in the anticipated revival.
Dexter consists of eight episodes and might pick up the events after the original finale. Phillips made it clear that they don't want it to be season 9. He explained that a lot of years have passed by the time the revival airs, and they're going to reflect that time passage.
The showrunner added that the ending has no resemblance to the original conclusion. Instead, they'll be writing a second finale for the series, and that Showtime was gracious about it. Phillips' statement seemingly suggests that limited outing will be reshaped for a more satisfying closure.
He also admitted that Hall wasn't completely satisfied with the ending. The revival serves as an opportunity for them to make things right, though Phillips noted this wasn't the reason why they bring the series back. It was actually for avid fans who still want more of the story.
Dexter revival is slated to come in 2021.