‘Dexter: New Blood’: The Return Of The Most Beloved Killer
A decade and a half ago now, the scalpel of Dexter Morgan, a coroner specializing in blood patterns and flawless murder, opened a fissure in our morality: could a serial killer be admired? Is he who only murders real murderers, beneficiaries of the errors of justice, less of a murderer? Why do I want Dexter as a friend if seeing him on the street would cross the sidewalk?
After the departure of the ‘showrunner’ Clyde Phillips , after a fourth season with a shocking finale (the murder of Rita at the hands of Trinity), many of us began to ask ourselves a different question: why do I keep watching ‘Dexter’? The series was regularly nominated for an Emmy for best drama between its second and fifth seasons, but it’s unclear whether the latest nomination was deserved. Nor is it that the best was left for last: it all ended with Dexter moving to Oregon to make life as a lumberjack.
In conversation with some journalists from different parts of the globe, Michael C. Hall , Dexter ‘himself’, admits that that “was not the most satisfactory ending”. In fact, many of us would almost have liked a twist as crazy as the one proposed by Jeff Lindsay in ‘Dexter in the Dark’, the third book of the original saga: in this “experiment”, according to Lindsay, it was revealed that Dexter was possessed by a supernatural entity with some relationship to the ancient god Moloch. No, it did not slip: the following novels ignored this explanation. But better this religious madness than the prosaic outcome of the series.
“I wasn’t happy either,” says Hall. “That’s why I had the desire to visit Dexter and find out what had happened to him.” Out of dissatisfaction was born ‘Dexter: New blood’ (Movistar +, from Monday, day 8), a series-event of ten episodes that arrives and takes place almost a decade after the original ending. Dexter Morgan is now called Jim Lindsay (after the author of the books) and lives in the fictional little town of Iron Lake (New York).
He no longer carries logs: he now works in a hunting and fishing shop . Nor has he dedicated himself to killing people: during all this time he has known how to appease his inner beast, partly thanks to the constant internal dialogue with his murdered sister Debra ( Jennifer Carpenter), foul-mouthed voice of his conscience. “Dexter lives in a kind of penance,” says Hall. “Deb’s liking is a reward for her abstinence.
She does n’t just talk to her sister; it can be said that she lives internally with her. In a way, she’s still as crazy as ever, but her madness is now expressed in another way. Although, well, that would be another conversation, if Dexter really is crazy or not. “
The awakening of the dark passenger
Beloved in his community and new boyfriend to the local sheriff, Angela Bishop ( Julia Jones, Kohana from ‘Westworld’), Dexter has managed to live a decent life for quite some time. But certain events (a new enemy, a now-adolescent son) awaken the dark passenger that beats within him. “We thought this was a good time for the ‘revival’ because a lot of time had passed. In the real world and also the fictional one.
Enough time has passed for his son Harrison [ Jack Alcott ] to reappear at an age important for his development and his relationship with his father. ” According to Debra, Dexter should stay away from the boy: “All the people who get close to you end up dying,” he reminds him. Dexter has other plans.
Can any parallels be drawn between Dexter’s relationship with Harry ( James Remar ), his adoptive father, and the one he now establishes with Harrison? “Harry had a unique influence on Dexter and we could still debate whether teaching your son to kill, or where to direct his homicidal impulses, is child abuse. In the case of Dexter and Harrison, the biological link gives rise to further complications. . Dexter is dealing with opposing forces: Harrison craves is normal and does not have the same affliction, yet with all his soul want to be like him ” .
To put order in these complications, Clyde Phillips has returned to the fold, according to Hall the only possible ‘showrunner’ for this resurrection: “There were other moments when the return was considered. And I always refused. It had to be Clyde. He was the one who led the reins for the first four seasons. The fourth ended with the murder of Rita [ Julie Benz ], which sent Dexter completely reeling; he has not stopped reeling, in fact. Clyde seemed to me the only person who would know how to reposition the story without to lose the DNA of the old ‘Dexter’. To create a world where both things would exist. “
Is Hall confident that the end of this (initially) unique season will be more satisfying? The endings never satisfy everyone (basically, because they are final), but the preparation for this ‘revival’ seems, in addition, daring. For better or worse. “I think overall the response to the story we tell will be mixed,” says Hall. And then he offers us a Dexter smile, half charming, half capable of freezing your blood.