Dexter set pulses racing and wore out the edge of many a seat. So it’s no surprise that a revival is in the making. But will our favourite serial killer be up to his old tricks again? Or is it time for retribution? What do we know so far about Dexter and it’s revival?
WARNING: The next section contains spoilers
Badass Dexter Morgan – blood spatter analyst by day, serial killer by night. He’s returning to our screens in a hotly-anticipated Dexter revival. Set to air in 2021.
Fans were left divided at the end of season 8 when protagonist Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) survived the finale. After avenging his foster sister’s shooting at the hands of killer Saxon. Dexter pulls the plug on Debra’s life support and dumps her body into the ocean like another one of his victims. He then drove into a hurricane where he’s assumed to have died. But the final scenes reveal he faked his own death and wound up working as a lumberjack in Oregon.
How it ended
Although this finale was nowhere near as disappointing as Lost or Game of Thrones, many fans were left unsatisfied. In fact, original showrunner, Clyde Phillips (who left Dexter after the fourth and possibly best season), always envisioned a more fitting ending.
In his mind, the last scene would have revealed the entire series was Dexter’s life flashing before his eyes. Just as he’s about to be executed at the Florida Penitentiary. As he’s about to die, he can see all his victims – the Trinity Killer, the Ice Truck Killer etc – observing him from the witness room.
Righting the wrongs
But the new Dexter revival has the opportunity to right some of those wrongs.
In 2018, Michael C. 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.”
Thankfully, it appears that something – or someone – changed his mind. Not only will Hall reprise the title role, but the ingenious Clyde Phillips is also back to work his magic.
The involvement of showrunner Phillips is clearly crucial to Hall’s return. During his time as the executive producer of Dexter’s first four seasons, it enjoyed 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.
But Phillips says that, while the new series won’t undo anything, he hopes it will get fans back on board. This is after the widespread criticism of season 8’s finale.
What’s being said
Appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘TV’s Top 5’ podcast, the returning showrunner said: “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.”
But although a 2021 Dexter revival is causing many a pulse to race, others don’t feel it’ll be the same without the walking f-bomb that is Debra Morgan. As Dexter’s “sister” (by way of Dexter’s adoption into their family), Debs’ screen time was overshadowed only by the main man himself. Her presence (or should we say ‘lack of’) will be incredibly noticeable (as will the drop in the amount of curse words used per minute).
Despite this though, production on the new season of Dexter is scheduled to begin early 2021, for a planned premiere in autumn 2021. Ten episodes have been confirmed, and are set to air on US station Showtime for American viewers. It’s not yet clear on what channel (if any) the show will air in the UK but, as seasons 1-8 are available to stream on Sky and NOW TV, it’s likely the revival will also end up here too.
But with season 9’s plot firmly under lock and key for now. The question of whether Dexter has truly replaced cutting up people for cutting up logs is yet to be revealed. Will Dexter be a reformed man, or will his ‘Dark Passenger’ make an appearance once again?
We can’t wait to see what the infamous Dexter’s been up to over the last 10 years. With the magician that is Clyde Phillips back on board, this has the potential to be one of the best (second) finales of all time.
What did you think about season 8’s finale? Do you think a Dexter revival is a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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