‘Dexter: New Blood’: How the Cast Reacted to the End of the Show

Dexter: New Blood brought Dexter Morgan back to our TV screens for the first time in almost a decade. When the original show left him, he had fled Florida and moved to Oregon for a second chance at a normal life. But by the time of New Blood, Dexter had relocated again, this time to a small town in upstate New York. He was living under the alias Jim Lindsay and had achieved a life devoid of killing. But as viewers learned, that was not sustainable.

The finale of Dexter: New Blood had fans everywhere emotional. But what about the cast? Find out how some of them reacted to the end of the show.

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in 'Dexter: New Blood.' Dexter stands in the woods wearing a sweater.
Michael C. Hall as Dexter in ‘Dexter: New Blood’ | Seacia Pavao/Showtime

What happened in the ‘Dexter: New Blood’ finale

By the end of Dexter: New Blood, Dexter had found himself in jail for murder. He was also likely to face additional charges in the Bay Harbor Butcher case in Miami, where he could be sentenced to death.

Knowing this, Dexter killed a guard and broke out of his cell. He rushed to his son Harrison and told him they needed to leave town immediately. But when Harrison learned about what he did, he snapped and shot and killed Dexter.

When Angela Bishop arrived, she started to arrest Harrison. But he was already so traumatized that she let him go. After calling it in as an officer-involved shooting, she gave Harrison a few bucks and instructed him to leave Iron Lake. Harrison was last seen driving out of town as cops rushed over to the crime scene.

The episode aired on Jan. 9 and had viewers divided. Some fans took issue with the pacing and felt the show left many questions unanswered, like what evidence Angela Batista had on Dexter. Others thought it was a decent sendoff to the character.

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Cast reactions to the end of ‘Dexter: New Blood’

For Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan), he told The Los Angeles Times that the ending is one that “resonates” with him.

“It feels justifiable,” he explained. As upsetting as it may be, I hope audiences will appreciate the resonance of Dexter dying this way at the hands of his son.”

“Hope you had as much fun we did,” David Magidoff (Teddy Reed) wrote on Instagram in part.

Jennifer Carpenter, who played Debra Morgan, thanked fans for watching in a separate message. “Gracias,” read the post. “Big Time,” she wrote in the caption.

Meanwhile, actors Jack Alcott (Harrison Morgan), Clancy Brown (Kurt Caldwell), Julia Jones (Angela Bishop), Alano Miller (Officer Logan), and Johnny Sequoyah (Audrey Bishop) marked the occasion by sharing behind-the-scenes photos with other cast and crew members.

“That was a fun ride,” Jamie Chung (Molly Park) said on Instagram, attaching photos of herself with people like Jones and David Zayas (Angel Batista). “Lots of fun memories. Thank you for tuning in and breaking all sorts of records!”

Will there be another season?

Dexter: New Blood was designed as a limited series, but it became such a hit that some fans are expecting another season. While Dexter: New Blood creator and showrunner Clyde Phillips has expressed interest in continuing the story, Showtime has said that right now, it is still “enjoying the closure of Dexter.”

“It’s not uninteresting [to continue it] but you have to be judicious about going on with existing IP vs. creating new IP,” Gary Levine, the president of entertainment at Showtime, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We don’t do it a whole lot and when we do it, we do it carefully. At this point, I can’t say definitively either way about it.”

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