If you were among the many that were disappointed with Dexter‘s finale, the show’s lead actor, Michael C. Hall, is with you in hoping that the upcoming limited revival works to provide a much better ending.
“Let’s be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying,” Hall said in an interview with The Daily Beast, “and there’s always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling.”
Hall said that while he has always believed Dexter’s actions in the finale were “justifiable,” he thinks the criticisms are also valid. It’s a hard balance to find, Hall said, “in an era where the bar is very high as far as the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction, and closure that should go along with a series finale.”
Another stab at Dexter was being eyed by Showtime for a number of years, although the ideas that were floated about for a revival just hadn’t sat well with Hall. That is until now.
“I think in this case, the story that’s being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn’t,” Hall said. “And I think enough time has passed where it’s become intriguing in a way that it wasn’t before.”
He added: “I include myself in the group of people that wondered, ‘What the hell happened to that guy?’ So I’m excited to step back into it.”
A 10-episode limited series Dexter revival was announced in October last year. Hall will be reuniting with showrunner Clyde Phillips, who was writer and executive producer of Dexter‘s first four seasons.
The series, which ran for 8 seasons from 2006 to 2013, (SPOILERS AHEAD) had an ending that, to put it nicely, polarised viewers: Dexter was left in hiding, working for a lumber company in Oregon. He ended up completely alone, his love interest Hannah and son Harrison living in Argentina, and his sister Deborah having died following his decision to take her comatose body off life support.