Everyone’s favourite fictional serial killer is making his return to our screens with the new series Dexter: New Blood.
A revival of the hugely popular series which ran for eight seasons, New Blood finds Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) living in Iron Lake, New York, under an assumed name and running a sporting goods store, after faking his death in the original’s 2013 series finale. Of course, working in a sporting goods store does mean that he has access to a few too many knives…
Although the 2013 finale was widely criticised, the series itself was nominated for 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, including in the category of Outstanding Drama Series four times in a row, from 2008 to 2011. Hall himself was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series five times in a row, from 2008 to 2012 and the series also won two Golden Globes.
The original run followed Dexter, an orphan who was adopted by a Miami cop after witnessing the brutal murder of his mother, who grows up to be a forensic analyst by day and a vigilante serial killer by night — targeting despicable criminals who have managed to evade the justice system.
Speaking at a Comic-Con panel, Hall said: “Along with everybody on this panel and along with everybody who’s ever watched the show and is a fan of the show, I myself have also wondered what the hell happened to this guy.
“I think enough has time has passed and the storytelling opportunities were a lot more interesting for having more time between the end and now.”
In addition to Hall, the original series stars Jennifer Carpenter and John Lithgow will make appearances, although we assume these will be in flashbacks as both of their characters died during the first run.
Clancy Brown, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah and Jack Alcott; Jamie Chung, Oscar Wahlberg and Katy Sullivan will also star.
In the trailer for the new series, we can see that Dexter now goes by the name Jim Lindsay and seems to be a very well-liked member of his community. He appears to even have found a nice girl and is in therapy to address his “demons”. Of course, we know he can’t keep his Dark Passenger at bay forever so, there will be blood.
Dexter: New Blood will premiere on November 7 on Showtime in the US, and will be available on Paramount Plus in Australia.
In the meantime, check out the chilling trailer.