New Blood’ Boss On Shocking Finale; Teases Possible New Season – Deadline

SPOIL ALERT: This interview reveals major storylines from Showtime’s finale Dexter: New blood.

When Clyde Phillips met Michael C. Hall about returning to the role of Dexter Morgan in what was to become Dexter: new blood, he already knew that the serial killer’s life would end.

Hall signed up without hesitation.

Dexter and Harrison in season 4 of “Dexter”.
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Fans of the hit Showtime series Dexter, which spanned eight seasons from 2006 to 2013, joined the former Miami Metro Blood Splatter analyst – now known as Jim Lindsay – and enthusiastically logged on to watch his latest adventure unfold. And while that journey is now over with her shocking death, the beloved franchise could continue to grow with a little help from her offspring, Harrison Morgan (Jack Alcott).

Phillips asked Deadline if death was the only conclusion on the table for Dexter, the status of a possible continuation, and what would happen to Chef Angela Bishop (Julia Jones) after the show ended.

DEADLINE: Did dexter have to die at the end of New blood or did you have any other ideas?

CLYDE PHILLIPS: Yes. We knew it had to happen, and I think it had to happen for both the audience and the character. To see him get caught over and over and over and over again is a disservice to the public. And I think there is a certain truth in this narration, in the authenticity of the narration.

So very early on when I went to speak with Michael, that was about two and a half years ago, in early July 2019, I shared my ideas with him. We met after getting a call from Showtime president Gary Levine who told me they wanted to revisit this. Michael gave me a big hug and said “I’m in”. He knew how it would end.

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Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Harrison (Jack Alcott) in Dexter: new blood
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DEADLINE: How do you feel New blood finished Dexter’s story?

PHILLIPS: How often does a show make a second finale? I think the answer is never. With the bad taste that the original finale left in everyone’s mouths, we had this rare opportunity to redeem the show and give audiences the respect they deserve, the authenticity they deserve, and the gratitude. for staying with us. The numbers have exploded for Showtime, I think we’re their # 1 asset. I am so touched by this.

DEADLINE: Knowing how attached fans are to this series, some will hate the finality that Dexter’s death will bring. What do you say to that?

PHILLIPS: Well, this is interesting. You should know that I hide a lot on social media. Maybe I have too much free time? [laughs] Corn everyone has a different opinion. Some people say the end of Season 8 was awesome. Some people said it was the worst thing they had ever seen. Some people guessed exactly what was going to happen. Some people think that Harrison isn’t really Harrison and that the person we see killed the real Harrison. Some people think Harrison killed Hannah [Yvonne Strahovski]. There must be a panoply of opinions. So I can’t take it personally. We are ready for anything.

DEADLINE: In the finale, Dexter is shot by Harrison and he bleeds, but the viewer does not see that he is definitely dead. Can you confirm so that there is no longer any doubt?

PHILLIPS: I have three words for you: Dexter is dead. I wouldn’t do that to the public. It would be dishonest. Here there is no doubt that this is the final of Dexter. Dexter is dead.

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DEADLINE: Harrison shared parts of his life in New blood but there is still so much we don’t know about him. Want to say more in a sequel?

PHILLIPS: As I mentioned, this show is a huge asset. When people start gorging themselves after the final I have no doubts that the numbers will continue to rise. It’s up to Showtime to call me if they want more. If they ask me if I would like to do a sequel, I would say yes. I have a lot of stuff going on, but I would drop it all for that and say yes in a second.

DEADLINE: What would a sequel look like?

PHILLIPS: Harrison is such a complicated character and he has the seeds of the Black Passenger within him. He is able. Look at that Dexter pullout at the end, what’s about Harrison is he has to kill this man.

Plus, Harrison brings a different perspective to self-defense from it all than Dexter did, which was quite surprising for Dexter. He brings that youthful, optimistic innocence, that he and his father are essentially Batman and Robin. Think about every time we take out one of these baddies, how many lives we save, that bad person isn’t going to kill. Dexter never thought about it. Dexter only took down bad guys because that was his code.

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Michael C. Hall and Luna Lauren Velez as Maria LaGuerta in Dexter (Season 7, Episode 12)
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DEADLINE: Harrison helps Dexter realize he’s become the evil he wanted to rid the world of. How does that help Dexter come to terms with his fate?

PHILLIPS: Yes. He helps her see that he’s a bad guy. When Harrison yells at Dexter and tells him, “Open your eyes and see what you’ve done.” He has these flashbacks of all the innocent people who died because of him like Doakes (Erik King), Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) and LaGuerta (Luna Lauren Velez). People who, if Dexter wasn’t who he was, would still be alive. He’s talking to a drug addict, basically.

Harrison could have done a number of things. And Dexter was going to get shot in the front or in the back.

When Dexter says, “I’ve never felt real love until now,” that’s a huge step forward. Remember when he told Deb in season two that if he was able to love she would be the one. But now he is able to love. It was his sister-in-law, it is his son. It’s a real wake-up call for him. He gives Harrison permission and tells him where to shoot him. With his last breath after being shot, he said, “You did well.” It’s absolution for what Harrison did.

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall in Dexter: new blood final
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DEADLINE: And Deb is there.

PHILLIPS: Yes. I originally wrote this scene to show Dexter removing his hand from Deb. But Jennifer said during filming, “What if I take my hand back and let it go?” This is what we ended up using. It was much more powerful.

DEADLINE: What can you tease about Angela and Harrison’s life after the episode ends?

PHILLIPS: With Harrison, we don’t know. But with Angela, if you remember, she calls for a shootout involving an officer. She’s going to say that she had to eliminate Dexter because there is a lot of evidence that he murdered Logan (Alano Miller) and because Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher. And Dexter probably killed Matt (Steve M. Robertson), although she isn’t sure she can prove it.

I think Angela’s decision to let Harrison go was born out of the horror she had just witnessed. Her whole life has been this painting of missing persons and now all these women are dead. She needed humanity and maybe the maternal instinct should take precedence over justice, just this moment of grace.

Jack Alcott as Harrison and Julia Jones as Angela
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We know the FBI and CSI and all these people are coming to town and she’s going to have to deal with all of this. She’s going to have to talk about Dexter and she’s going to have to talk about Logan. She’ll probably lie and say she must have killed Dexter in self-defense.

Let’s not forget that he was her lover. She trusted this guy and she could have been another victim.

Dexter: new blood is now available to stream in its entirety through the Showtime app.

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