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Why Dexter Season 9 Is So Exciting (Despite The Hated Series Finale)

Considering Dexter is notable for having one of the most hated series finales of all time, why is there so much excitement surrounding its season 9 reboot? Showtime has put together a ten-episode reboot for Dexter, set to premiere in November 2021. The new season, aptly titled Dexter: New Blood will follow Dexter Morgan in the upstate New York town of Iron Lake, trying to conceal his identity and dark passenger from his new community while a new killer appears to run loose.

After eight seasons of the vigilante serial killer attempting to hide his dark passenger and murderous pastimes in Miami, Dexter ended in a way that didn’t sit right with audiences. In the original finale, Dexter’s sister Deb was left braindead following a shooting, with Dexter pulling the plug on her life support and disposing of her in the ocean as he had with his other victims. Dexter then decided to fake his own death, heading into the storm at sea while abandoning his son Harrison and girlfriend Hannah. Dexter’s season 8 finale closes on a low note with Dexter taking on a new life as a lumberjack in Oregon, which isn’t the way fans imagined such a high-stakes series to end.

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As far as upcoming reboots go, Dexter has been hyped up as one of the most anticipated projects. It seems counterintuitive for Dexter to be getting more excitement than say The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s reboot, considering the latter originally ended back in 1996 and Dexter only wrapped up less than a decade ago, but the difference is Dexter’s reboot is a chance to make up for the failures of its finale. A show like Sex and the City - whose finale wasn’t as divisive and whose franchise has spawned a couple of movies - doesn’t necessarily need a reboot, but for fans, Dexter does.

A new season is also more acceptable considering Dexter's hated series finale still left a glimmer of hope with its ambiguity. In short, the original show always felt unfinished. Showtime never ended Dexter with a proper curtain close considering it ends with Dexter living a new life under a new identity, leaving questions for the audience and room to explore what his life would be like in a town where he has to start over again. If Dexter ended with the creators’ original plan of killing him, a reboot would seem unnecessary and contrived. Instead, the New Blood season is a way for Showtime to remedy the inconclusive nature of the original finale, and give Dexter Morgan a concrete ending - even if that means killing off the lovable serial killer.

Showtime’s reboot also set up an intriguing premise by bringing back Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan. Some reboots, like HBO Max’s recent Gossip Girl, have picked up the underlying plot of a prior series and simply inserted new characters and actors to take over. The appeal of a reboot for a beloved series - no matter how controversial the finale - is reconnecting with the characters that made it so special. If the title doesn’t explain it all, the series is about Dexter, but if Showtime had attempted a Dexter reboot with Harrison Morgan or Angel Batista with Dexter only in a minor role, it likely wouldn’t have received such a warm welcome. New Blood has also preemptively succeeded by bringing back Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan, whose ending was part of why the original ending was so divisive. By bringing back Deb, likely as the new Harry Morgan, Dexter season 9 is amending her story for what is hoped to be a much more satisfying resolution.

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