Michael C. Hall will return as mild-mannered vigilante serial killer Dexter in a limited revival of the series, due later this year.
And the Six Feet Under star has hinted tactfully that it may address some of the shortcomings of the series' much-derided season eight finale from 2013.
Though it drew the largest ever audience for US network Showtime, many critics branded it a 'cop out'.
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Speaking to The Daily Beast about the new series, he said: “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.
“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.”
He went on: “I certainly thought it was justifiable for Dexter to do what he did. I think some of the criticisms were about that, and some of the criticisms weren't so much about the 'what' as they were about the 'how,' and those were valid too. We certainly do live in an era where the bar is very high as far as the simultaneous surprise, satisfaction, and closure that should go along with a series finale.”
Dexter spoilers follow...
The series followed Hall's Dexter Morgan, a forensic specialist for the Miami PD, who murders criminals who slip through the net.
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In skating close to detection throughout the show's 96 episodes, the finale found Dexter quitting Miami to become... a lumberjack in Oregon.
It polarised fans, while critic Richard Lawson in The Atlantic called it an 'unbelievably unsatisfying end [which] ruins all that came before it', and which ‘violated the trust’ of the show’s viewers.
Hall's comments echo those made by showrunner Clyde Phillips, who said in October that while the new series won't undo what happened, it will provide 'a second finale'.
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