Dexter: New Blood (2021– )

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Dexter: New Blood (TV Series 2021– )

Set 10 years after Dexter Morgan went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, he is now living under an assumed name in Upstate New York, Iron Lake, far from his original home in Miami.
USA
IMDb   9.6 /10
Metacritic   61 %
TheMovieDb    8.7 /10
RottenTomatoes  74 %
FilmAffinity   7.0 /10
Creators
Creator Clyde Phillips
Information
Release Date2021-11-07
Runtime
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyShowtime Networks, Showtime
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Dexter Morganas Dexter Morgan
Harrison Morganas Harrison Morgan
Angela Bishopas Angela Bishop…
Audreyas Audrey
Loganas Logan
Debra Morganas Debra Morgan
Teddy Reedas Teddy Reed…
Kurt Caldwellas Kurt Caldwell
Fred Jr.as Fred Jr.
Estheras Esther
Pastor Brianas Pastor Brian
Caldwell Diner Cookas Caldwell Diner Cook
Susanas Susan
Arthur Mitchellas Arthur Mitchell…
Pamela Matthews
Pamela Matthews
Miriamas Miriam
Edwardas Edward

Dexter: New Blood

Dexter: New Blood is an American crime drama mystery miniseries developed for Showtime as a continuation of the series Dexter, developed by original series showrunner Clyde Phillips and directed by Marcos Siega. The show features Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter reprising their roles as Dexter and Debra Morgan, respectively, alongside new cast members Jack Alcott, Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah, Alano Miller, Clancy Brown, and David Magidoff. The story is set 10 years after the events of the original series finale "Remember the Monsters?", which was broadcast in 2013. It premiered on Showtime on November 7, 2021.


Premise

Ten years after faking his death, Dexter Morgan has moved to the fictional small town of Iron Lake, New York, hiding his identity under the name of Jim Lindsay, a local shop worker. He has developed a relationship with Angela Bishop, the town's chief of police, and has suppressed his serial killing urges. A string of incidents around Iron Lake causes Dexter to fear that the "Dark Passenger" within him will reveal itself.


Cast

Main

  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan / Jim Lindsay
  • Jack Alcott as Harrison Morgan / Randall
  • Julia Jones as Sheriff Angela Bishop
  • Johnny Sequoyah as Audrey
  • Alano Miller as Logan
  • Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan
  • Clancy Brown as Kurt Caldwell

Recurring

  • Frederic Lehne as Edward Olsen
  • David Magidoff as Teddy Reed
  • Oscar Wahlberg as Zach
  • Jamie Chung as Molly

Cameo appearances

  • John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell / Trinity Killer

Episodes

No.Title Directed byWritten by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Cold Snap"Marcos SiegaTeleplay by : Clyde Phillips
Story by : Clyde Phillips and Adam Rapp
November 7, 20210.678
Ten years after leaving Miami, Dexter is living in upstate New York under the assumed name Jim Lindsay. He works at a local outdoor shop and is dating police chief Angela Bishop. Dexter obeys a rigorous daily routine to control his homicidal urges, while heeding advice from Debra, whom he still sees in his mind. However, Dexter's routine is upset when his son, Harrison, finds him, and a reckless local named Matt Caldwell pushes Dexter to sell him a semi-automatic weapon. Dexter learns Caldwell once ran his powerboat into another craft, killing five people. While it was reported as an accident, Caldwell's friend assures Dexter the act was intentional. When Caldwell illegally shoots a white deer that Dexter frequently sees during his daily hikes, Dexter's "Dark Passenger" begins to resurface.
2"Storm of Fuck"Marcos SiegaWarren Hsu LeonardNovember 14, 20210.560
Dexter tries to start being a father to his son Harrison again, during which Harrison reveals to him that Dexter’s former lover and Harrison’s guardian Hannah McKay had died from pancreatic cancer 3 years prior, leaving Harrison hopping from foster home to foster home before looking for Dexter. Dexter works to ensure that his first kill in 10 years, Matt Caldwell, remains unfound, though Angela, Dexter's chief of police girlfriend, leads the search for Matt in the protected Native American plantation forests next to Iron Lake. Meanwhile, Harrison starts forming a bond with Angela's daughter Audrey. Dexter is able to cover up his tracks by setting up a false narrative that Caldwell shot a deer illegally and fled, but Caldwell's father Kurt shows up just as the search party is about to disband, and insists that the search for his son continues. Throughout the episode, the homeless, hitchhiking girl from the previous episode is seen in a room by herself. There's a camera in the room, and she realizes that she's being watched after a night of drinking by herself, and she discovers a writing seemingly in blood next to the camera: "You're already dead."
3"Smoke Signals"Sanford BookstaverDavid McMillanNovember 21, 20210.325
Dexter is forced to move Matt's body after learning that Chief Bishop is bringing in a dog team. The unknown killer who abducted the homeless girl shoots her down after allowing her to escape from a bunker. Dexter sees a tipsy Kurt enjoying the snow and finding it suspicious, inquires about it and offers to drop him home. Kurt says he is relieved because his son just video-called him. Harrison begins school and befriends a classmate who is being bullied, later thwarting the bully's attack by clenching his throat. Dexter assures Debra that his latest killing is a "one and done," as he wants to focus on being a good father.
4"H Is for Hero"Sanford BookstaverTony SaltzmanNovember 28, 2021TBD
5"Runaway"TBAVeronica WestDecember 5, 2021TBD
6"Too Many Tuna Sandwiches"TBAScott Reynolds & Warren Hsu LeonardDecember 12, 2021TBD
7"Skin of Her Teeth"TBATeleplay by : Veronica West & Kirsa Rein
Story by : Veronica West & Kirsa Rein & Alexandra Salerno
December 19, 2021TBD
8"Big Game"TBATony Saltzman & David McMillanDecember 26, 2021TBD
9TBATBAScott ReynoldsJanuary 2, 2022TBD
10"Sins of the Father"Marcos SiegaTeleplay by : Clyde Phillips
Story by : Clyde Phillips & Alexandra Franklin & Marc Muszynski
January 9, 2022TBD

Production

Development

The series finale of Dexter, in which Dexter flees Miami and ends up as a lumberjack in Oregon, was polarizing to the show's fans, according to lead actor Michael C. Hall. He said "I think the ending was 'mystifying' at best to people. 'Confounding', 'exasperating', 'frustrating' — on down the line of negative adjectives." Hall had been asked by fans in the eight years since the finale aired if there would be a follow-up to the show. Original showrunner Clyde Phillips, who had left the series after season 4, saw those questions asked of Hall and over time discussed possible ways to continue Dexter as some type of redemption, but could not figure out an appropriate route. Phillips was contacted by Showtime president Gary Levine on July 1, 2019. Levine told Phillips that he felt the time was right to bring back Dexter and asked if Phillips could come up with something. Phillips wrote a preliminary script which he then shared with Hall, who loved the idea.

Phillips recognized the ending had suited the time when it was broadcast, as around 2013, there were a number of real-life serial killers known to be living in Oregon and nearby states. Phillips also considered that by surrounding himself with chainsaws, Dexter was under a constant reminder about how his mother had died. As Phillips was unsure of the intent that the finale was meant to deliver, he decided to incorporate a major timeskip, nearly a decade from the end of events of the original series. While Dexter is still a lumberjack, he had since moved to the fictional town of Iron Lake, New York. Because of that, Phillips did not consider the miniseries as a ninth season, since there was a major discontinuity in the serialization of the story. As the writing staff wrote out the ten-episode miniseries, they established how the series would end and wrote backwards from that. Phillips claimed that "The ending of this one will be stunning, shocking, surprising, unexpected. And without jinxing anything, I will say that the ending of this new season that we're doing will blow up the internet."

On October 14, 2020, the Dexter revival was ordered as a limited series consisting of 10 episodes, starring Hall in his original role, with Phillips returning as showrunner. On November 17, 2020, it was announced Marcos Siega would direct six of the ten episodes of the limited series as well as serving as an executive producer alongside Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro, and Scott Reynolds. It premiered on November 7, 2021, on Showtime.

Casting

In January 2021, Clancy Brown, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah, Jack Alcott, and David Magidoff joined the main cast. On February 11, 2021, Jamie Chung and Oscar Wahlberg were cast in recurring roles. On June 28, 2021, John Lithgow joined the cast to reprise his role as Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer, in a cameo appearance. On July 13, 2021, it was announced that original series regular Jennifer Carpenter would reprise her role as Dexter's sister Debra in some capacity for the limited series. On August 24, 2021, it was reported that Carpenter is confirmed to reprise her role as a series regular, appearing as Dexter's "imaginary iteration of Debra".

Filming

Production began in February 2021, with most of the show filmed in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, serving as a stand-in for Iron Lake. Exterior filming had to be coordinated around the weather, as the creators wanted to have a significant amount of snow in those shots, including a local frozen lake. Interior filming started around July 2021 over a fifty-day period.


Reception

Critical response

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 76% based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Anchored by Michael C. Hall's still-compelling portrayal of the title character, Dexter: New Blood helps restore some of the luster lost by the show's contentious finale." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 61 out of 100 based on 28 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Dexter: New Blood
No.TitleAir dateRating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1"Cold Snap"November 7, 20210.200.678TBDTBDTBDTBD
2"Storm of Fuck"November 14, 20210.120.560TBDTBDTBDTBD
3"Smoke Signals"November 21, 20210.090.325TBDTBDTBDTBD