New story details for Dexter's season 9 revival reveals what happened to Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) after season 8 and teases what is to come.
New details for Dexter season 9 tease what happened to Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) after season 8. During the early parts of Dexter's original eight-season run, Showtime's series became one of the best shows on television. The story of a forensic technician at Miami PD who secretly was a prolific serial killer found a big following and was recognized with multiple Emmy nominations. However, the show is arguably remembered more for its controversial finale, one that is often discussed as the worst of all-time.
Since Dexter came to an end in 2013, the highs and lows of the show have continued to be highlighted. But, Showtime is working to fix the past with a revival. Dexter is returning for season 9, which will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to be released in 2021. Hall is returning to star as Dexter Morgan and original showrunner Clyde Phillips is back too, following his departure from Dexter after season 4. Phillips has already confirmed that Dexter season 9 won't undo the events of past seasons, but it will provide a new ending, presumably, for Dexter's story.
There are now some signs of what Dexter season 9's plot will loosely be about. According to a report from THR, the new season will take place 10 years after season 8's finale. It will continue Dexter's story after he went missing during Hurricane Laura and started a new life as a lumberjack in Oregon. More specifically, the report notes that season 9 will see Dexter "now living under an assumed name in a world away from Miami."
This tease of how Dexter season 9 will continue Dexter Morgan's story could be quite revealing. For starters, it is now confirmed that Dexter has yet to be found by the government and continues to evade capture. But, the tease that he's in a "world away from Miami" could be telling too. This could reference Dexter continuing to live his life quietly in Oregon or some other remote corner of America. However, it's worth remembering that Dexter's son, Harrison, and love interest Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) fled to Argentina at the end of the series. Perhaps he has reunited with them during the last 10 years.
However Dexter season 9 plays out, there will undoubtedly be great interest in seeing a "second finale" for the show. Phillips previously said that what comes next won't retcon anything that came before or feature twists like it all being a dream, so it will be fascinating to see how he goes about improving Dexter's ending. The revival won't manage to erase the latter rough seasons, but if season 9 does deliver a worthwhile conclusion, it could soften the response to them. In any case, more information on Dexter season 9 is sure to arrive in the next several months and could clarify the direction the show will take.