Dexter star Michael C. Hall strikes some killer poses for EW's cover shoot
Axe and ye shall receive
It's been eight years since Dexter fans saw their favorite forensic-blood-splatter analyst-cum-vigilante serial killer. Did they miss him? Yes. Did they live the way he went out? No. Michael C. Hall is hoping to change that. Ahead of the Nov. 7 premiere of Dexter: New Blood on Showtime, the Emmy winner posed for EW's October 2021 cover shoot in Boston over the summer. "We're turning the cameras back on and finding out where he is, what he's up to, and what kind of life he's managed to carve out for himself. Pun intended."
Among other lingering mysteries, the 10-episode "special event series" will answer whether Dexter's dark passenger, a.k.a. his drive to kill, has remained dormant. "We like to see Dexter get in hot water, but we'd like to see him get out of it," Hall tells EW.
Bloody good setting
Parts of Massachusetts doubled as the fictitious town of Iron Lake, where Dexter has been living since we last saw him in the 2013 finale. "Luckily, the Massachusetts people have allowed us to pretend we're in New York, which I know is probably difficult for some," says Hall.
What's on the menu, Dexter?
We'll learn that Dexter works as a sales associate at Fred's Fish & Game. It's a quiet and peaceful existence — until something sets him off, that is. "We're not self-consciously thinking about whether it is less or more edgy, but it's definitely informed by and redefined by a completely different context," Hall says of the event series.
Dexter ... the hot lumberjack
One of the odder aspects of playing a serial killer was how Hall became a sex symbol to many of his fans. "It was just weird, meeting strangers and having them ask if I would pretend I was killing them while they took photos. And I've signed a lot of knives. A lot of people will come out with knives from their kitchen. I've stopped doing that in part, because I worry that somebody will commit a crime. I don't know. Can you get in trouble if you sign the murder weapon?"
A cut above the rest
Dexter, together with Weeds, helped to define Showtime as a major destination for subversive characters. So it "gnawed a little at us," says Gary Levine, Showtime's president of entertainment, "that a series as good as Dexter didn't end in a way that was perhaps worthy of the series."
Hey, soul sister
Jennifer Carpenter reprises her role as Deb in New Blood — but as a figment of Dexter's imagination, since he notoriously dumped her overboard in the 2013 finale. "He vandalized her and disfigured her entire being, but we are talking about a show about a serial killer who is deranged and prone to hurt others," Carpenter tells EW. "Everybody wants to look at him like he's someone who feels things like a real man. But he's sick."
Not so fortunate son
Jack Alcott (The Good Lord Bird) plays Harrison, Dexter's son who was abandoned in the 2013 finale. Will the apple fall far from the tree?
Beware of the locals
The great Clancy Brown — known for The Shawshank Redemption and voicing SpongeBob's crusty Mr. Krabs — plays Kurt Caldwell, the beloved unofficial mayor of Dexter's adopted hometown. Beneath Kurt's disarming baritone and Santa-level charm, darkness lurks. "We will get an explanation of why he does what he does, which is kind of interesting," teases Phillips.
Dexter has found romance with the local chief of police, played by Julia Jones from the Twilight films.
The last time EW put Hall on the cover was in 2013, when we submerged the actor in a pool of, ahem, blood. This one was much cleaner (though he did have to contend with a few errant limbs).
For more on Dexter: New Blood and our Fall TV Preview, order the October issue of Entertainment Weekly or find it on newsstands beginning Sept. 17. Don't forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
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