While the final season of Dexter gave us the year’s greatest scene of 2013, the season itself did not please most of its (sane) fans, mostly because it was a terrible written final installment in a series that had already been trending downwards. It was awful.
Much of that had to do with Showtime’s insistence not kill off Michael C. Hall’s character, choosing instead to kill off Debra, which not only made the final season worse than it already was, it complicated a future potential spin-off. The thought by many was that Showtime only kept Dexter alive so that the network could somehow bring Dexter back and milk more blood from a dry stone. That does appear to be the case because, as Showtime entertainment president David Nevins told reporters today, the only way they’d move ahead with the Dexter spin-off is if Michael C. Hall is involved.
“We continue to talk about it. If we were to do it, we have to have a very good reason to do it. It has to feel like it’s a new show. I’m not interested in doing it if it’s just a continuation,” Nevins said following his turn on the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “If we were to do it, I would only do it with Michael.”
What would a spin-off that involves Michael C. Hall but is not a continuation involve? I have no idea, but I’d like to think that the first episode would involve someone murdering Dexter, so we’d finally get the ending we deserved, even if it only serves as a new beginning.
Speaking of Showtime’s refusal to kill of Dexter, they REGRET NOTHING.
The fundamental design of where they ended Dexter was really well-conceived,” he said. “He had to sacrifice the one person who was closest to him in the world (Deb) and he had to leave. That was where it was headed for a very long time.”
“We never discussed the idea of killing [Dexter],” Nevins explained, noting that the character was not kept alive for a potential spinoff. “The people who are really in the center — Michael, Scott Buck, [EP] Sara Colleton — no one even brought up the idea. It was never discussed. … It remains to be seen whether they’re going to want to do [a spinoff] or whether I’m going to want to do it. They never felt like killing Dexter was the right end.”
Well, there’s your problem right there, guys. YOU NEVER EVEN DISCUSSED IT. Why? How do you know if you’ve got the right ending if you don’t at least discuss all the options, especially THE MOST OBVIOUS ONE? That’s like building your own pizza and never discussing the possibility of using cheese. Of course it’s going to taste bad: There’s no cheese on it, because some jackass wanted to save all the cheese for the spin-off.