Loved Dexter? Here’s Everything We Know About The New Prequel & Sequel Series

By Rufus Punt | 13th February 2023
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Dexter fans unite! The crime thriller starring Michael C. Hall is returning to our screens again in prequel form, with Dexter: Origins telling the story of the vigilante serial killer as he joins the Miami Metro police department, beginning his career as a forensic technician. But that’s not all – US network Showtime has also announced that it’s working on a new follow-up series to New Blood, the Dexter miniseries revival that aired back in 2021, focusing more on Dexter’s son Harrison.

It’s a big time for TV prequels, with shows like Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story and Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies in the pipeline, and Dexter is the latest show to get the prequel treatment.

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Much like The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark, Dexter: Origins will see a younger Dexter played by a (currently unannounced) new actor, meeting various younger versions of characters from the original Dexter series. Showtime teases that the show will “will dramatize young Dexter Morgan at the outset of his transition into the avenging serial killer he would become.” Dexter’s family will be an integral part of the show, including his sister Debra (in this series a teenager) and adoptive father Harry- who was dead in the original series, appearing in flashbacks.

We’ll have to wait a bit to see who’ll play the anti-hero, but for now, we can also get excited for the second season of New Blood. New Blood saw Dexter return eight years on from the end of the original series finale, having moved to a small town in New York after faking his death. While trying to care for and take on a more fatherly role toward his son, he also deals with the resurfacing urges to kill that he had controlled for the past ten years. At the end of that series (major spoilers!) Harrison ends up killing his own father because he killed an innocent man. The episode’s last moments saw Harrison leaving town, and the new season will see him living in New York City, and finding that he has the same urge to kill, or “The Dark Passenger”, as his father did.

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