Very few fans of the late Showtime series Dexter are happy with the way the show ended. The eight-season serial killer drama ended in the fall of 2013 with a finale that just about everyone hated and a final season that wasn’t much more well-liked. Of the cable TV antihero shows of the last decade, all of which have had to struggle with exactly what fate to assign to their protagonist, Dexter may have been the show that handled the ending the worst.
But what if Dexter isn’t over after all? Rumors have been plentiful that the show might one day return, in a limited capacity or otherwise. And those rumors have only been spurred on by people like Showtime head David Nevins claiming at this year’s TCA press tour: “‘Dexter’ is the one show that I would think about [continuing]. It’s a question of when the timing is right. If there’s a willingness to do it, I would certainly listen. Certainly I’d look at ‘Dexter.’”
Things have been quiet on the Dexter front since then, but all that changed when the show’s official Twitter account offered a Thanksgiving-themed tweet that suggested Dexter may live to kill again:
For an account associated with a series that’s been off the air for more than two years, the Dexter account is fairly active — it mostly tweets sales offers for Dexter merchandise, Dexter-related messages on Halloween and other holidays, and the occasional retweet of fan praise. That teaser seems like the sort of thing that’s just a seasonal message, but the phrase included in the tweet has some speculating it’s really a cryptic announcement of some kind. The “His Knife’s Freshly Sharpened” line has led some fans to get their hopes up that they’ll be treated to more Dexter — and possibly a more satisfying ending this time.
So does this mean Dexter is coming back? Not really. There is no solid information that the show is going to return, nor have there been reports of deals being struck to that effect (or that even any such discussions have even taken place.)
There was talk of a spinoff in the months after the show went off the air, but star Michael C. Hall has always maintained that he has no interest in returning for such a project. There’s also a petition demanding a return of the show with Hall, but as of Sunday night it had earned just over 1,500 signatures, so if you’re looking to gauge fan interest in the series returning that might be an early indication.
Sure, when it comes to the returns of long-dormant TV shows, recent years have taught us to never say never. Dexter’s network, Showtime, is even bringing back Twin Peaks after a more than 25-year layoff. But it doesn’t appear there’s any indication a Dexter return is any more likely now than it was before Thanksgiving.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on any Dexter developments as they are made available.