Showtime President Defends Dexter Finale: "We Never Discussed the Idea of Killing Dexter"

As we already told you, Showtime president David Nevins revealed that the Dexter spin-off will have to involve Michael C. Hall. He also defends the controversial series finale:

On the spin-off: “It’s something we continue to talk about. If we were to do it, we would have to have a very good reason to do it. It would have to feel like it’s a new show. I’m not interested in doing it if it’s just a continuation… There have been some light, ongoing conversations. It hasn’t really gone anywhere yet.”

On the series finale: “The fundamental design of where they ended Dexter was really well-conceived. He had to sacrifice the one person who was closest to him in the world and he had to leave and that was where it was headed for a very long time.”

Dexter executive producer John Goldwyn said that Showtime demanded Dexter survive the end of the series, but Nevins denied that today saying, “Honestly, it was never even discussed, the idea of killing him. The people who were really in the center, which was Michael, Scott Buck, Sara Colleton, it was never even… no one even brought up the idea. It wasn’t discussed.”

As to whether the decision to keep him alive was because of the possibility of a new series, Nevins said, “I don’t know. I’m not sure. And it remains to be seen whether they’re going to want to do it, whether I’m going to want to do it. But they never felt like killing Dexter was the right end.”

Nevins said there was no timetable for making a decision on Dexter’s future, calling it “very open-ended.”

According to Nevins a Dexter spinoff would be about Dexter himself, with the character in a completely new setting with a new supporting cast. “We’re at the very preliminary stage. But I think that show is that character and it’s not been done in television. If I were to do something, I would want to do Dexter in a new concept and configuration. I want it to feel different – not just a continuation of the old show.”

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