Michael C. Hall Talks Returning to Dexter After the ‘Unsatisfying’ Finale

Following the announcement that a Dexter revival will be heading to Showtime in 2021, its star Michael C. Hall has discussed why he’s decided to return to the character after all these years and a “unsatisfying” series finale.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Hall revealed that his return to Dexter has been in the works in different variations for quite some time, and that the reason this was the right time was due to the fact that “the story that’s being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn’t.”

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“Yeah. It’s a conversation that’s been ongoing, and different possibilities have emerged over the years,” Hall said. “I think in this case, the story that’s being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn’t, and I think enough time has passed where it’s become intriguing in a way that it wasn’t before. And let’s be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there’s always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling. I include myself in the group of people that wondered, “What the hell happened to that guy?” So I’m excited to step back into it. I’ve never had that experience of playing a character this many years on.”

As to whether or not the criticisms of the finale were warranted, Hall mentioned that he did think it was “justifiable for Dexter to do what he did.”

“A criticism that speaks to someone’s experience is warranted. I certainly thought it was justifiable for Dexter to do what he did. I think some of the criticisms were about that, and some of the criticisms weren’t so much about the “what” as they were about the “how,” and those were valid too. We certainly do live in an era where the bar is very high as far as the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction, and closure that should go along with a series finale.”

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The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern then said to Hall that he thought it’s a “bar he helped set with Six Feet Under.”

“Talking about broad spectrums,” Hall responded. “I’ve dabbled in the extremes of “extremely satisfying” and “extremely dissatisfying” television finales.”

For more on the 10-episode Dexter revival, check out how the limited series will serve as a “second finale” for the show and how this revival could redeem the disappointing ending.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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