Michael C. Hall Reflects on ‘Dexter’ Finale; Not Interested in Returning for a Spinoff

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[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for the 'Dexter' series finale!]

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While its likely that most TV fans and critics would still rank Dexter as one of the medium’s finer drama series of the last decade, there’s no doubt that almost all of those viewers would tell you they were disappointed by the show’s rather anti-climatic (some would say bizarre) series finale.

Whether you sat miffed, puzzled or downright furious as the final shot faded to black, you can at least find solace in knowing that others understand what you are going through – including Dexter himself.

In a recent interview with IGN, Michael C. Hall reflected on the role, the series’ ending and the nearly unanimous dejected reaction from fans that followed.

With regard to the character’s development, the final season and whether the ending was fitting or not, Hall said:

“You know, Dexter morphed. It was a many-headed creative monster, and certain heads were lopped off halfway through the life of the show. It was difficult to maintain a cohesive narrative in many ways, but primarily, in terms of the conception of the character, once he started to move into murkier, blurrier, more human territory, it became a very difficult thing to wrap my head around.

“But in the end, I think Dexter was always a pragmatist and, well, self-centered. I think it was his version of selflessness upon recognition that anyone close to him was going to be destroyed if he continued to indulge in intimate relationships. You know, his dad died, Rita died – well, once he decided that, he faked his death and erased himself, but he didn’t want to die. I honestly find it to be a pretty dark ending, and I think it upset a lot of people. Certainly, the shakiness of certain aspects of the eighth season maybe made that ending less palatable to people. I don’t think people were ready to be told that, because they were already feeling a sense of ambivalence for the show. But the idea that he imprisons himself in a prison of his own making I think is fitting [for the character].”

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Even in arguing that the final episode was thematically appropriate to the character in some ways, Hall couldn’t deny the final season wasn’t without its fair share of problems. So, what ending would Hall have chosen?

Said Hall:

“It’s tricky. Sometimes I wish he’d offed himself, wish he’d died, wish Deb had shot him in that train compartment – of course, that would have made an eighth season difficult to do.”

Many fans also expressed desires for Dexter and his seemingly irredeemable Dark Passenger to meet their demise, but according to producers, Showtime wouldn’t allow Dexter to die in the finale. Some theorize this could have been a play by the network to leave the door open for a possible continuation or spinoff, but reprising the role of Dexter is something Hall is not interested in – at least, not in the foreseeable future.

Said Hall:

“It’s very difficult for me to imagine someone coming up with something that is compelling enough for that to be worth doing. I certainly have no interest right now in playing Dexter. You know, some time passes and somebody has some newly imagined landscape for him that I feel is worth exploring, I would perhaps consider it. Beyond that vague notion, I really can’t say, and it’s not something I have any immediate plans to do. He is still alive, but for right now, I’m leaving him in the cabin.”

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Hall’s comments could be bad news for Showtime, especially after the network admitted that a spinoff wouldn’t happen without Hall returning to don the “kill suit.” Of course, the news is also inconvenient for fans who still desperately want the opportunity for Dexter Morgan’s story (and life) to end in a satisfying way.

Still, Hall – like many others in the industry – has, in his own words, “learned to never say never” when it comes to a series’ continuation or conclusion. So, we’ll simply have to wait and see if he warms up to the idea and if Showtime pursues a spinoff with or without him down the line.

It’s hard to imagine Dexter without Hall, but is a spinoff a good idea in general? What is your reaction to Hall’s recent comments? And how do you feel about the Dexter finale nearly a year after it aired? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: IGN

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  1. I just wish one of these shows would end in a satisfying way… I didn’t want dexter to give up on his son and self-jail himself… i wanted him to learn to control his dark passenger, and be with his son and hannah in Argentina.

    I do agree with the death of Deb though. That was a freeing moment for her.

  2. I think I spinoff could work. Why not bring Harrison back to step into his fathers shoes and discover he has a dark passenger of his own!

  3. Spin offs, prequels and things like that are pure BS. They should tell us what happened to dexter and how his life will continue. No stupid ideas like Harrison taking the steps of his dad, no stupid spin offs, no stupid prequels. We want to know what happens next, we want Dexter Season 9.

      • Maybe do one of Miami Metro and at the end or somewhere near it they discover Dexter’s secret.

  4. I liked the way they killed off Deb. I agree with a prior author’s post that a final season would have them looking and chasing dexter. Perhaps dexter can start killing again (where is he now? In portland where the toothfairy killer lived?) and Maybe the hurricane could have drug up some body parts and washed them ashore and when tested it would have been realized that the bodies happened after Doakes died. Dexter either needs to died at the hands of Bautista when he gets caught and Bautista hides formal evidence that dexter was a killer to protect dexter family and the police department (what a nightmare the police would have if the truth got out and possibly all of dexter hard work getting criminals actually put in jail may be overturned) or Bautista still finds out and also covers for dexter because he agrees with the code but let’s dexter keep on killing.

  5. The moment deb found out was the downward spiral of the show, it was the moment that all television shows experience and they’re almost always difficult to recover from. Remember when the x-files killed off the lone gunmen??

    I hated it that they killed deb off, I was hoping for the door to be open for a whirl wind of dex and hannah in South America finishing off third world hired guns making Argentina a safer place with surprise visits from deb and how quinn.

    • I agree I think they should have let Deb live work with Quinn. And Dexter Hannah and son in Argentina saving folks from bad guys. Didn’t like that deb died very un necessary glad that dex lives

  6. I think that the Dexter series should continue! The fans should really need the opportunity to see a good finale. since that finale was a joke for his fans. I hated when her sister died, which the connection with Dexter was extremely important, but maybe, if the writers can make something up with Rita’s kids and their own kid, there can be a continuity for more seasons.

    If Michael C. Hall reads a good script to continue the series and make him an offer, I think he would accept it!

  7. I was very disappointed when I saw the season finale of Dexter. It seemed the show took a downward spiral and just sucked. All of the other seasons were awesome, you never saw anything coming or knew how he’d get out of situations. Well the last couple episodes and the final one just seemed poorly thought out. Too much happened too fast, they crammed 4 episodes into one it seemed, didn’t elaborate like normal, and left many things unanswered. I was in shock how horrible it was all done. And debra dying and him disappearing to live elsewhere and sending his girlfriend and kid to live out of country? Just seems so strange. Not realistic even for Dexter,

    • I agree about the last season and very disappointed

  8. The logger as a way to hide his true identity sounds interesting. in some hick town like boulder creek. lol

  9. I think that they should bring Dexter back, but it needs Michael C Hall & it really needs Jennifer (Deb) as well, they are the main characters. Without them the show would not be the same. Perhaps they could make the last season to be a dream or something of Dexters, I have seen this happen in different tv shows in the past. It was such a good tv show but it was such a shame to see it end the way it did.

  10. What I thought would have been a good ending was dexter takes that teenager under his wing like he began to do before the doctor’s son murdered him, and turn him into another dexter. Dexter would go to Argentina with Hannah and Harrison and the teenager will continue dexter’s work. That could have lead to a spinoff with the teenager.

    I’m sorry I referred to him as “the teenager” but I can’t remember his name.

    Does anyone else agree with me?

    • That would have been good and we wouldn’t even need a spinoff as we would have closure on dexter (for i dont want to be vested in another character and dexter was pretty funny with his awarkwardness and inner monologs) and known in the back of our minds that his code would live on through the teenager (I think his name was travis?) and dexter would have been on his merry way as his need to kill was not as strong as his need for his family and acceptance as he has progressed in the last few years.

  11. If there was tobe any sort of follow up to the dexter series, there would need to be a gap between the last time wee seen dexter in the cabin…maybe five years,so as the character can develop and see how he adapts to being alone with his dark passenger. he has always been in or around scrutiny from others judging his persona but now wee see him in a more secluded environment where there are no questions asked you come in to do your work and you leave. it leaves more of narrative side that we have already seen but more in depth. what does he want now that hes beenalone with this darkness… does he want to enter harrisons life again…. doe he just want to send himself down the same self destructive path we’ve seen from the previous dexter series… i for one cant see how they would bring it back aroundbeing that his sonis a main plot point he would miss him terribly…. he has no idea where they would be in paris thoughhe is very resourceful so finding them of course may not prove to be a problem… how would they both react to dexter trying to re-enter there lives.. would harrison be on the verge of developing his own dark passenger on accounts of rita being murdered in front of him.. there are endless possibilities as to how they could bring dex back around but the likliehood of it being relevant or anymore satisfying than the finale we were given is very slim although with the right writers and a plot that can give us some sort of clarity to the way it finished previously. i am sure if there were to be some serious talks about a new series and michael c hall was interested he could pull it off for sure.