The ultimate day of this yr’s San Diego Comedian-Con featured a digital panel for the revival of Showtime’s hit collection Dexter, aptly titled Dexter: New Blood. Set 10 years after the present’s controversial ending, Dexter: New Blood picks up with Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Corridor) in his new life within the small city of Iron Lake, New York, having went lacking throughout Hurricane Laura. The digital panel for Dexter: New Blood, which premieres this November, featured Corridor (star and govt producers), returning showrunner and govt producer Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds (govt producer), Marcos Siega (govt producer, director of 6 of the ten episodes), and Julia Jones, who performs Angela (Dexter’s love curiosity) on the revival collection.
Naturally, moderator and mega-fan Kristin Dos Santos’ first query was concerning the very idea of bringing again Dexter and why Corridor thought now was the proper time to do it. In response to Phillips, who left the unique collection after the primary 4 seasons. “About as soon as yearly or so, I’d see a quote from Michael. Someone would at all times ask Michael, ‘Would you do one other yr of Dexter?’ And he says, ‘Effectively, I’m not gonna say no.’ So I’d learn that and I’d name them and we’d speak it via and we simply couldn’t get the proper tackle it that may fulfill Michael and fulfill the followers.”
Nevertheless, in keeping with Phillips, issues ultimately modified about two yr in the past. “After which lastly, I obtained a name July 1, 2019 from Gary Levine, who’s the president of Showtime. Saying, ‘We predict now’s the time. Are you able to provide you with one thing?’” Phillips labored along with his writing assistant after which flew from Martha’s Winery to New York to fulfill with Corridor concerning the thought. “And we sat and talked for a few hours and ended up hugging it out and, and he stated sure.”
Dos Santos additionally requested if this revival is to be thought-about a type of “redemption” for a collection that “frankly deserved a greater ending.” The polarized reactions from followers was an enormous a part of it, Corridor stated.
“I believe the ending was ‘mystifying’ at greatest to individuals. ‘Confounding,’ ‘exasperating,’ ‘irritating’ — on down the road of damaging adjectives. And I believe it is a present that’s crucial to all of us, and the possibility to revisit it and, possibly within the course of, redefine the sense of the present’s ending and the sense of the present’s legacy extra broadly was definitely part of our motivation.”
Earlier than actually moving into Dexter: New Blood, Reynolds additional defined the much-maligned ultimate scene of Dexter, which imagined the titular character as an off-the-grid lumberjack. “And so he leads to Oregon, which throughout that point, once we had been making the present … in keeping with the FBI, there have been like 14, 15 precise serial killers in that type of stretch from Canada all the way down to Northern California,” Reynolds defined. “And he went there to lumberjack — working with lumber — however he’s continually surrounded by the sounds of chainsaws, which may be very significant to Dexter as a result of that’s how his mom was killed. And so, it was ambiguous: Is he right here to be part of the land of serial killers or is the sound of chainsaws that he’s surrounded by going to be the factor that retains him abstinent? And people are the issues that we reply on this new season.”
Nevertheless, Dexter: New Blood doesn’t merely comply with the brand new adventures of lumberjack Dexter. As Phillips defined, “One of many issues that all of us agreed on — and Michael actually insisted on and he was fully proper — is that this not be ‘Dexter season 9.’ That we acknowledge that this isn’t the subsequent second after the lumberjack second. That we acknowledge the reality, that point has handed, nearly 10 years have handed, and we choose up Dexter in one other place, in one other world truly, as far-off from Miami as doable.”
The brand new collection takes place within the fictional city of Iron Lake, New York, which the manufacturing faked in Shelburne Falls in western Massachusetts. The best way the forged and govt producers talked concerning the location makes it sound like its personal character within the revival. “We began taking pictures initially of February as a result of we wanted lots of snow, and we took benefit of that,” Phillips defined. “That frozen lake [from the first teaser] is an actual frozen lake. That’s a single shot that Marcos did in actual time. And we wished it to be a small city—and inhabitants is one thing like 2,700—the place everyone is aware of everyone else. Individuals know issues that occurred two seconds in the past.”
The local weather scenario proved to be probably the most daunting duties for Siega, who’s credited with directing six of the ten episodes of Dexter: New Blood. “We needed to construct the schedule round [weather]. Shoot the entire winter scenes, exteriors, on the finish of January, February, March, at any time when we began,” defined Siega. “After which work our solution to interiors. So, the difficult half is we’re taking pictures a Dexter — “Jim” [his alias] — strolling right into a constructing and we shoot that out within the components. After which in July, we’re choosing it up with the opposite facet of the door, when he steps inside. So it’s a little bit of a puzzle, holding that constant, holding performances constant.” In response to Reynolds, “It was for certain probably the most intense 50 days of manufacturing I’ve ever been part of.” Siega agreed, “Completely. However probably the most enjoyable.”
As for Dexter’s new romantic relationship with Jones’ Angela, the city’s chief of police, historical past suggests issues gained’t go too properly. In response to Phillips, “She’s the primary feminine police chief. She’s the primary individual of colour police chief. She’s part of the Seneca Nation. And there’s pressure there between the city and her. And it additionally provides Dexter — as soon as once more, like we had in Miami — entry to sure items of data. Info an extraordinary citizen wouldn’t be capable to get.” Reynolds follows up, “It’s that factor of, some factor’s change and a few issues keep the identical, somewhat bit.”
Jones adopted up on her character, “She’s difficult — I believe that’s the most important factor I’d say about her. She’s obtained rather a lot happening. She’s in a beautiful arc, and she or he’s dynamic and she or he has rather a lot to beat. There’s simply a lot to do and a lot to play with. So it was only a actually, actually thrilling alternative.“
The actor additionally famous that she was excited to affix such a longtime present. “It’s very uncommon that one thing comes up that’s so beloved and has affected so many individuals and folks really feel so passionately about it. And that in and of itself is simply extraordinary […] And also you sort of bounce at these issues as a result of it simply provides you a chance to be part of one thing that’s in the end connecting individuals, which is a giant deal. Additionally, I had heard simply such great issues about everyone concerned. The truth that Clyde and Scott had been coming again was actually thrilling. And Michael and Marcos.”
Whereas the forged and govt producers had been intent on not revealing an excessive amount of concerning the new season of Dexter, Phillips teased a few issues, considered one of which included doable returning forged members. “I’ve to be somewhat bit coy about this, however I’ll say that there shall be some returning forged members from the unique collection that can make some individuals’s brains explode.” John Lithgow and Jennifer Carpenter have each already been confirmed as returning, although the context has but to be given, contemplating each of their characters had been killed within the unique collection.
Phillips additionally offered fairly the promise for what to anticipate on the subject of how this season ends. “After we sit within the writing room, one of many first issues we do is speak about, often, what the ending shall be,” he defined. “And we name that placing our nostril in opposition to the ending after which strolling backward and filling in all of the both 10 or 12 episodes. The ending of this one shall be beautiful, surprising, stunning, surprising. And with out jinxing something, I’ll say that the ending of this new season that we’re doing will blow up the web.” Fairly a promise, certainly.
Dexter: New Blood premieres on Showtime on Sunday, Nov. 7