TV finales are challenging; while the small screen allows more room to develop a story, sometimes tying yourself in knots won't be fixed by the end. The writers and creatives behind Dexter season 8 ran into this issue, and people still have a bad taste in their mouths when talking about the Showtime series due to the hated finale, but the Dexter revival has a chance to change that.
Game of Thrones, Lost, How I Met Your Mother, raise any of these titles in your discussion with friends, and the finale will always take center stage. The same is the case for Dexter, for a long time, the lowest-rated TV finale, according to IMDb (overtaken by Game of Thrones).
The fans of Dexter are scared by the finale. Dismissing the whole season 8 arc of Oregon was something they could not forgive. But Dexter has a unique chance of doing what those other shows cannot do. With the announcement of a Dexter revival on Showtime, the show can change the past and bring a new perspective for future reference.
I am not a Dexter finale hater. Yes, it was problematic, but the ending did not hit me as hard as other beloved fans because I binge-watched the entire eight seasons. I knew a bad ending was coming, and maybe bracing for impact soften the blow for me, and Clyde Phillips also hopes Dexter revival will soften the blow for millions of fans.
Rewriting the Past - Dexter Revival cannot Wipe Memories, But it can Provide Better Ones
Dexter Revivale is not a season 9 according to the creator of the show. It is going to fix some issues.
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Dexter has been afforded a rare chance few shows or movies ever get to re-end an ending. This cannot be true for Game of Thrones; how do you unf**k the Daenerys arc in the final three episodes. This cannot be true for Lost, and neither can it be true for How I Met Your Mother.
But with Dexter, the main protagonist is still alive; he is just in a self-imposed exile and with a limited 10-episode run, the showrunner of the first four (the best) seasons, and the Dexter actor to rewrite the ending. This is their chance to save a show which was once revered as the greatest show on television.
The goal of the Dexter revival should not be about wiping memories of fans. That can never happen; lumberjack Dexter is etched in everyone's brains. But with this revival, they can write over the existing ending and maybe find a fate that Dexter deserves and an ending that the fans, deep down, always wanted.
According to the limited series showrunner Clyde Phillips, Dexter can be fixed, and that is the idea behind the revival. Clyde helped the award-laden first four seasons of Dexter, later departing and the show dipping in the standard. He is back with beloved actor Michael C. Hall, and they are coming back to fix some issues of Dexter season 8.
Dexter Revival is Not a Season 9 - Rewriting the Finale
Dexter's finale aired over seven years ago, and by the time Dexter revival gets released, it will be close to a decade since the serial killer left for Oregon. There has been enough time between the two shows that the finale should be a non-factor for the revival and maybe just shown in some flashbacks.
This gives the writers a clean slate to work with. The memory of Dexter season 8 and the hated finale is there, but it is not an overpowering thought. And according to Clyde Phillips, that is why they are making a Dexter revival. Clyde was at The Hollywood Reporter Podcast, where he had some thoughts on Dexter's upcoming limited season.
He said, "We basically do get to start from scratch. We want this to not be Dexter Season 9. Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was."
"It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale. This is an opportunity to make that right. But that’s not why we’re doing it. We’re not undoing anything. We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Whoops, that was all a dream.’ What happened in the first eight years happened in the first eight years," Clyde continued.
It is nice to know that the writing team is not simply wiping out the finale from existence. They are just building a different story from a better foundation and hopefully provide a better ending than the main show did nearly a decade ago.
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