“I myself have wondered what the hell happened to this guy,” Dexter star Michael C. Hall told the virtual audience for the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel this weekend. And with the release of the trailer for Showtime’s new limited series revival, Dexter: New Blood, fans are finally getting some idea of how serial killer Dexter Morgan (Hall) has been spending the last few years: fighting temptation to give in to his bloodlust and trying to hide from his past.
What he’s not doing, though, is being a lumberjack. When Dexter wrapped up after eight seasons in 2013, the series finale caused controversy among fans and critics. A lot of people took issue with the fact that Hall’s character managed to fake his own death and was last seen working at an Oregon logging camp. According to showrunner Clyde Phillips, the new series picks up eight years later, with Dexter selling hunting gear in snowy upstate New York—and gazing longingly at every sharp object around him.
“I think the [original] ending was mystifying, at best, to people—confounding, exasperating, frustrating, on down the line of negative adjectives,” Hall told the ComicCon audience. “And I think this is a show that’s very important to all of us and the chance to revisit it and maybe in the process redefine the sense of the show’s ending and the sense of the show’s legacy more broadly was certainly a part of our motivation.”
The limited series premieres November 7 on Showtime.