Jennifer Carpenter joins Dexter revival
Dexter is resurrecting a fan-favorite character for its new season.
Showtime had no official comment, though EW has confirmed through a source that Jennifer Carpenter — who played the titular serial killer's ill-fated sister, Deb, across eight seasons during the show's original run — will reprise her role on the network's upcoming limited series revival. (Representatives for Carpenter did not immediately respond to EW's inquest).
Deb was famously killed off on the show's finale back in 2013, though The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Carpenter's character is expected to return via a series of flashbacks throughout the 10 new episodes, set 10 years after the show left Dexter (Michael C. Hall) working as a lumberjack in an unknown location.
"As all Dexter fans know, we saw the end of the Trinity Killer, so that by definition means it's a flashback," fellow returning actor John Lithgow told Deadline on Tuesday, explaining how his character — who was also killed in the series — would be brought back for new episodes. "It was just wonderful to rejoin that gang — including Michael [C. Hall] and Jennifer Carpenter and [showrunner] Clyde Phillips."
Though the series was well-received, the show's ending drew negative reactions from both critics and fans.
"I think in this case, the story that's being told is worth telling in a way that other proposals didn't, and I think enough time has passed where it's become intriguing in a way that it wasn't before," Hall told The Daily Beast about returning for another season. "And let's be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there's always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling. I include myself in the group of people that wondered, 'What the hell happened to that guy?' So I'm excited to step back into it. I've never had that experience of playing a character this many years on."
Dexter's new season is set to premiere later this year on Showtime.
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Eight years after the much-maligned 'Dexter' finale, Michael C. Hall's serial killer reemerges for a new event series on Showtime.