The wave of revival that has been sweeping over the past few years does not want to stop in the least, igniting discussions that are already quite heated among fans of the serial world. Whether this trend will be good or bad for the industry is a phrase that we sincerely prefer to leave pending, due to the banal observation that it is difficult to study a phenomenon that is still ongoing. On the other hand, some revivals have been successful: Will and grace above all – and other of the bitter disappointments – Prison Break, We are thinking of you. It’s time to Showtime has officially announced the rebirth of Dexter, famous television series that ended its run in 2013, the question is obvious: what fate will the return of the Bay Harbor butcher have?
But above all, how can we continue with a story that, despite some flagrant imperfections and flaws of the last few seasons, had a delicious circularity in the end? Dexter’s final scene ideally closed a very precise parable and it’s really hard to imagine a continuation; however, both the showrunner and himself Michael C. Hall They seem convinced that they have found the right idea.
Assassin in disguise
However, waiting for a likely – but not certain – broadcast in the fall of 2021, let’s take a step back and shed light on one of the series that most marked the last decade of television. The absolute protagonist of the events is Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall extraordinary), a Miami forensic technician who specializes in analyzing traces of blood found at crime scenes.
He is a seemingly normal man: he has a good job and is extremely good at it, he has many friends, a stable girlfriend and is generally loved by those around him for his affability. But behind this facade hides a sociopath with uncontrollable homicidal urges due to youth trauma.
Fortunately for him at that time he was adopted by a policeman who, realizing these tendencies, educated him in the only possible way, or at least the only way that he considered human. Dexter has thus learned to clearly distinguish right from wrong, to control their needs as much as possible, to mask them with “normal” habits and behaviors accepted by society. But he also understood above all how to quench his thirst for blood so that he is never caught, without a trace.
This is the core of a series that, in the already distant 2006, caused a sensation – and not only in a positive sense – precisely because of the issues it covered. The fact is that we are talking about a product that presents a homicidal maniac, a real serial killer, impossible to hate. You can’t look at Dexter and cheer, so to speak, against him: partly because of his past, with the feeling that it’s never entirely his fault; and also by a certain tremendously cynical and pragmatic corner present in each one of us, which suggests that he’s basically doing the right thing.
Recalling very closely an anime like Death Note, the world is a better place when Dexter kills, even gory, perverts, rapists and murderers. They may seem like only 14 years ago, but to the serial medium they represent a geological age and this era at that time. subtle and seductive distinction between good and evil, in black and white, was not yet so present.
Between enthusiasm and doubts
And here is a show capable of propose simply prodigious story arcs, today admissible without hesitation in the elite of television series. We are not claiming that Dexter did not make mistakes in his life cycle; fans still wonder why season 5 exists, which has nothing to do with Dexter. And it is also a series that fell into the trap of the last season, On the very intriguing role but that in the second part has never managed to move, or perceive a true sense of closure.
In fact, the ending has divided many; however it is probably one of the few happy notes of the last episodes: a very little commented detail, the sequence that ended the exploits of Dexter Morgan is a brilliant set of shots and references to the first scene of the entire series, but in reverse. If in the first season Dexter wears his mask perfectly and is surrounded by affections and friends, in the last season he is almost a ghost who has now renounced all the things he loves.
Which brings us back to the crucial question in this article: how are you With an ending that leaves very little to the imagination, there are really only crumbs left to speculate on. And the only real clue is the clear conviction displayed by Michael C. Hall and Clyde Phillips, historical showrunner of the series. Rarely has such security been seen in such a sensitive and delicate subject. The risk? Doing an operation similar to the fifth season of Prison Break; or rather a sometimes evocative resurgence of the stage, but poor, without ideas or rhythm. Forced, here is the correct word.
The clues don’t even come from the cast since so far the only one to be confirmed is Hall. Essentially obvious news after the announcement of Dexter’s return. We just have to wait for new news and hope that this idea is strong, courageous and compelling.