The narrative universe of one of the most famous antiheroes on contemporary television will continue to expand. The Dexter franchise, starring Michael C. Hall, will have several projects through which the main story will branch out, the one that already began to spread with Dexter: New Blood. This is part of a series of decisions made by Chris McCarthy.
McCarthy is a representative of Paramount Global and has under his supervision the different projects that belong to the Showtime channel. Among them, one of the most striking is the Dexter franchise. It should be remembered that, at first, it was just a series that told the story of Dexter Morgan, a murderer with a preference for criminals who escaped justice.
Dexter’s success, especially during its first few seasons, was remarkable. At a time when streaming had not been positioned as it is today, the series became a reference in the television world. Showtime made the most of this tale, taking it all the way to 9 seasons. However, its end left many more doubts than certainties.
The expansion of the Dexter franchise
That ending was eased, in part, by Dexter: New Blood, which has only one season so far. According to information reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Chris McCarthy announced that there will be a prequel series related to the original story. This will bear the title of Dexter: Origins.
The objective is to explore the origin of the character played by Michael C. Hall. It must be borne in mind that, when the project was presented with its first season in 2006, Dexter Morgan was already an accomplished serial killer. Part of his background was explained through flashbacks. But he didn’t delve too deeply into them.
Therefore, it is interpreted that Dexter: Origins will further explore that past. To this proposal was added another: the development of a second season of Dexter: New Blood based on the character of Harrison, Dexter’s son. Like his parent, the boy has a “dark passenger” that constantly leads him to have to kill. This new production will address his case. Another of the projects that will be developed will feature the story of Arthur Michell, who was played by John Lithgow. This character was known, within the story, as “Trinity Killer”. The format of this spin-off has not yet been defined.
The “Dark Passenger” Code
Dexter had a code by which he lived. This, in turn, was taught by his father, who would be Harrison’s grandfather. Is it possible that the boy could develop something similar or will everything be more instinctive? This aspect is key within the franchise, because it is what differentiates its protagonists between being common criminals and anti-heroes.
These may not be the only projects geared towards expanding the Dexter franchise. In statements given to The Hollywood Reporter in January of last year, Clyde Phillips, the creator of the series and who was also part of Dexter: New Blood, commented that there were several ideas on the table. His words were as follows:
Yes, there are many things I would like to explore. I still don’t have permission from Showtime to do it. But if they called, like[channel executive]Gary Levine called to do what became New Blood, and said we want to do a project about Harrison, I’d drop everything and say yes in a minute.”
Clyde Phillips, creator of Dexter.
The possibility is becoming a reality. Through Harrison Morgan, part of his dad’s legacy as an anti-hero and serial killer will live on on television. Dexter season one was inspired by the first book written by Jeff Lindsay. This work was followed by seven more titles, although the ShowTime adaptation was not based on them. So far, there is no more information regarding the two productions that are in development.
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