It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of news for Dexter fans lately. Showtime recently announced Dexter would return for a new season. However, we now know the new episodes will preserve the original series’ ending.

The original series starred Michael C. Hall as killer-of-killers Dexter Morgan. Dexter ran for eight seasons on Showtime, ending 7 years ago back in 2013. Now, the show will return in 2021 for a new ten-episode season.

While overall the show was widely successful, a lot of fans weren’t happy with the original series finale. The final episode saw Dexter turn to self-exile and a new solitary lifestyle.

After Showtime announced Dexter’s return, fans started speculating the new episodes would undo the original ending (or even the last few seasons). Most of this speculation seemed to stem from the fact that Clyde Phillips would act as EP for the new episodes. (Phillips served as executive producer for the first four seasons of the series.)

Clyde Phillips on the new ‘Dexter’

However, Phillips himself has now gone on the record as saying the new episodes wouldn’t undo Dexter’s original ending. In fact, the series will pick up in roughly “real time.”

“We’re not undoing anything. We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Whoops, that was all a dream.’ What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years,” Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter.

Still, Phillips acknowledges it is a bit of a do-over in another sense.

“We basically do get to start from scratch. We want this to not be Dexter Season 9. 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,” said Phillips.

So, are you excited to see what Dexter has in store for us in 2021? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Hollywood Reporter