Things have changed completely for Dexter Morgan since the last time you saw him. Dexter ended in 2013 with the lab tech/serial killer in Oregon, where he wound up after faking his death and fleeing Florida. Years later, he remains in hiding, but in a different surrounding with a new name and job.
Dexter Morgan is no more
For eight seasons, Dexter worked as a forensic analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department. But by the end of the series, he’d started over as a lumberjack.
Rather than picking up from that point, the Dexter revival will jump ahead to the present day. “Set 10 years after Dexter Morgan went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the revival sees the character now living under an assumed name in a world away from Miami,” reads the logline, according to Entertainment Tonight.
That location has since been revealed as the fictional remote town of Iron Lake, New York. “As far as what I can reveal about the new show is, I don’t want to say much, other than as you can imagine given where we left him his life is completely recontextualized,” Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan) previously told the website Louder Than War. “He’s in a different place leading a different life surrounded by different people.”
A teaser image shared on the Dexter Twitter page reveals Dexter has assumed a new identity as Jim Lindsay, a sales associate at the shop Fred’s Fish & Game.
But old habits die hard
While it might look like Dexter has changed for the better, showrunner Clyde Phillips has implied that the character will kill again.
“Dexter always has what we call ‘the dark passenger’ living inside him,” he previously explained to TV Insider. “He is more grounded than he’s ever been, but that dark passenger is a voice he cannot deny. This is Dexter. People are going to die.”
Dexter will have at least one enemy in the revival, Clancy Brown’s Kurt Caldwell, who Variety describes as the town’s “unofficial mayor.”
According to his character biography, Caldwell is “powerful, generous, loved by everyone – he’s a true man of the people. If he’s got your back, consider yourself blessed. But should you cross Kurt, or hurt anyone that he cares for, God help you.”
There’s no exact release date for Dexter Season 9 just yet, but it’s coming later in 2021.