Jennifer Carpenter's Debra is officially confirmed to return in the much-anticipated Dexter revival season. But how will the character make a return after she died in the series finale?
Another character will be resurrected in Dexter's upcoming revival show. Following the announcement that John Lithgow will reprise his role as the Trinity Killer, it has now been revealed that Jennifer Carpenter will reprise her role as Debra.
While Lithgow will return as a guest performer, Carpenter will serve as a series regular, according to TV Line.
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Carpenter stated during the Dexter Q&A at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she will portray a unique and fictitious Debra after the character bit the dust in the 2013 series finale.
I don't think of her as a ghost [per se, but] more of a link or an echo or an inconvenient truth for Dexter. [She] comes back to sort of haunt and punish and caretake and provoke and love [him].
Meanwhile, Michael C. Hall added,
As much as [Deb] is an internalised character for Dexter, I think [she] represents how far he's fallen… without a compass. I was so excited about Jennifer doing this because I knew she would be able to shape shift and come at Dexter from so many different places.
The Dexter star continued,
And, of course, she did. And it was really fun to crack open our sense of [Dexter's] internal landscape, because it's much more pyrotechnic and crazy than it used to be.
Dexter: New Blood, a 10-episode series, is planned to release on Showtime on 7th November later this year.
The first trailer was released in July and depicts that in the years since the ending, Dexter has created a new identity for himself in the settlement of Iron Lake under the alias Jim Lindsay. However, it won't be too long before certain events force him to revert to old behaviors.
Clyde Phillips will return as showrunner, and he previously stated that the next season will not retcon anything from the negatively received conclusion.