Michael C Hall thought that Dexter finale was ‘infuriating’ too

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Michael C Hall has said what we were all thinking about the finale of Dexter, calling it ‘infuriating for people’.

After eight seasons, the Showtime drama, which followed a blood splatter analyst by day, vigilante serial killer by night as he targeted the bad guys in Miami, ended in 2003 with a rather baffling finale.

Hall is returning to play Dexter Morgan, aka the Bay Harbour Butcher, in a 10 episode limited series, and while he supported the original ending, he admits that the execution wasn’t great.

Speaking to Phil Williams on Times Radio, the 50-year-old said: ‘[Filming the new series has] been gratifying and I think the show ended in a way that was pretty mystifying at best if not infuriating for people, but that at least set the stage for us to return and answer more definitively what the hell happened to this guy.

‘I totally support what happened, the choice he makes at the end, but as far as the execution goes, we were all running on vapour at that point, so I get it.’

For those who have blocked it out, Dexter’s beloved sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) was left in a vegetative state after being shot by Oliver Saxon, and after killing Saxon with a ballpoint pen, Dexter steals Deb’s body from the hospital to bury her at sea.

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He sails off into a hurricane in his boat Slice Of Life, and the shattered remains of the boat are later found, with Dexter presumed dead, even by his fellow killer Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) who is now in Argentina with Dex’s son Harrison.

But surprise, Dexter didn’t actually die, having faked his own death, and is hiding out in Oregon, working for a lumber company.

The show won’t pick up on the lumber yard, with Hall explaining: ‘We don’t pick up the day after we left him at the end of the series proper, we pick him up as if as much time has passed for him as has passed for the rest of us.

‘It’s been wild – he’s been relocated from Miami to a tiny town in upstate New York, so the clothes are heavier and the colours are more subdued. That helps to remind me that things have changed – or I could just look in the mirror to realise that time has passed!

‘It’s not an experience I’ve had, nor one I imagine I will have again, to revisit something I spent so much time with after so much time away — as much time away as I spent doing it.’

The actor confirmed that the show has five weeks of filming left, and the 10 episode stint will begin airing in the States on Showtime on November 7.

While we have no clue what the series will look like, Hall also hinted that there was scope to go beyond this limited series revival, teasing: ‘I’m going to say…maybe.’

That’s enough for us.

Clyde Phillips, who was showrunner for the first four seasons of Dexter, is returning as showrunner for the limited series, while Clancy Brown, David Magidoff, Oscar Wahlberg and Jamie Chung have joined the cast.

Dexter has yet to receive a UK air date.


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