‘Dexter’ Star Finally Reveals What Happened to Hannah McKay

Dexter has officially returned, in the form of a revival series called Dexter: New Blood.

The original series aired for eight seasons between 2006 and 2013 and starred Michael C. Hall as the titular character, a crime scene technician living a double life as a serial killer. Many fans were sad to learn the revival would be without Yvonne Strahovski’s Hannah McKay, Dexter’s girlfriend in the last seasons of Dexter. It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to her, but her fate was finally revealed in a new interview.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the first episode of Dexter: New Blood, released on Sunday, Nov. 7.]

Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay in 'Dexter.' Hannah is wearing a cream-colored shirt and has her arms crossed.
Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay in ‘Dexter’ | Randy Tepper/Showtime

What happened to Hannah on ‘Dexter’

As fans will recall, Dexter had Hannah flee to Argentina with his son, Harrison Morgan, in Dexter Season 8. He planned to join them, but after the death of his sister, he realized Harrison would never be safe with him and decided to leave him with Hannah. He then drove his boat out into the ocean during a storm in what appeared to be a suicide attempt, only for viewers to learn that he had faked his death and gone into hiding.

The revival reveals what came of Dexter and others who were in his orbit, but Hannah isn’t part of it. Strahovski first confirmed she wasn’t involved in the show in an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.

“I’m really looking forward to it because I have no idea what they’re going to do,” she added in an interview with HeyUGuys. “I’m not part of it, so I am very curious as to how they’re going to navigate the storyline from this point forward.”

The revival hasn’t really touched on Hannah yet, but in an interview with Deadline, Hall confirmed she’s dead. While he didn’t share the circumstances behind her death, answers will likely come as the revival progresses.

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Harrison Morgan is ready to build a relationship with Dexter

Harrison wound up in foster care after losing Hannah, according to his official character description. But eventually, he left to find Dexter. He tracks him to a small town in Upstate New York, where Dexter now goes by the name Jim Lindsay. When he confronts Dexter, Dexter lies and sends him away, fearing he’s no good. But just before his bus leaves, Dexter shows up and admits his true identity.

Hall spoke to Deadline about their reunion, teasing the show would explore whether Harrison has “some version of the dark passenger” himself.

“Dexter definitely took himself out of Harrison’s life because he was convinced that Harrison would be destroyed if he stayed close to him,” he began. “Just like Deb was destroyed, and Rita, and so many other people. So when Harrison reemerges, I think Dexter experiences two opposite things at once: this deep fear that Harrison is like him and also this deep dark wish that Harrison is like him. He’s sort of trying to manage both those things.”

“And I think as an audience, we’re sort of along for that ride,” Hall continued. “We ourselves wonder does Harrison have some version of the Dark Passenger? Is he his father’s son or not? I think a big part of that journey with that relationship is the two of them recognizing the things they’re keeping from one another are the things that really will—if they choose to reveal them—bind them.”

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Watch ‘Dexter: New Blood’ now

Dexter: New Blood airs at 9 p.m. ET on Sundays on Showtime. There are nine episodes left until the finale, which showrunner Clyde Phillips describes as mind-blowing.

“The ending of this one will be stunning, shocking, surprising, unexpected,” he said on a panel during Comic-Con 2021. “And without jinxing anything, I will say that the ending of this new season that we’re doing will blow up the internet.”