dexter revival

Last week, Showtime dropped the bomb that Dexter would be returning as a limited series revival from original showrunner Clyde Phillips, with star Michael C. Hall set to don the splatter-proof vinyl apron again. It’s been seven years since Dexter went off the air, and seven years since most fans had purged the show from their brains after a particularly divisive finale. Which raised the question: who actually wanted a Dexter finale? Phillips did, specifically to “make right” by the much-maligned original ending, the showrunner said.

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Dexter

Series finales tend to be controversial even under the best of circumstances, but the reaction to Dexter‘s “Remember the Monsters?” hasn’t been polarized so much as overwhelmingly negative. While a handful of critics had nice things to say, most fans howled at its many ludicrous twists and lack of closure, and basically wondered why the hell they’d spent eight seasons waiting for this.

Even so, not surprisingly, showrunner Scott Buck stands by his decisions. “This is absolutely the ending I wanted,” he said in a post-finale interview. Meanwhile, one of Buck’s predecessors, Clyde Phillips, has some ideas of his own about where the show should’ve gone. Here’s a hint: It doesn’t involve lumberjacking. Hit the jump to read what they said. (Spoilers follow.)

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