DEXTER Star Admits He Originally Thought the Show Should have Ended After Season 1
Published: September 22, 2010 - 3:13pm
Michael C. Hall, star of Showtime's Dexter, which returns this upcoming Sunday, didn't think the series could top it's dramatic debut season in terms of character development and writing. He also talked about the show's evolution since then and what to expect in the new season.
After a grim season four finale, in which our main character, played by the extremely talented Hall, loses his wife, it's starting to become clear that the show's inevitable end may not be such a happy one after all.
“We finished the first season, and I thought we should just stop. It’s sort of beyond the beyond as far as the landscape of Dexter’s life now,” said Hall. "With the way the fourth season ended, the suggestion seems to be that there are consequences. And it’s hard to imagine it ultimately ending well for him,” said Hall.
Season five looks to not only be a fresh start in terms of Dexter Morgan's lifestyle but he's going to have to pick up the pieces and deal with the consequences of his double life. Season four's shocker of a finale will undoubtedly send shock waves into the new series of episodes, but Hall feels it's good for the story to evolve.
“Obviously the fourth season re-calibrated everything. Everything we’d seen him build up is now gone. It was sad to see Julie Benz go and leave the Dexter family, but from an acting standpoint, creatively, it’s really been invigorating to have him so completely decimated," said Hall.
Hall also revealed more insight into season five's change of pace when it comes to a continuing adversary throughout the episodes. John Lithgow won an Emmy for his performance as the trinity killer last season and it appears the show's writers knew ahead of time it would be hard to top such a great character so soon.
“I think as far as the emergence of the adversary, the big bad if you will, that form may have been perfected last season. I think there was a desire to move beyond, to break that mold," said Hall.
The biggest new name to join the fold is Julia Stiles. While not much is revealed about her character and how she enters the fray in season five, Hall commented on her presence as well.
“There will certainly be adversaries, but it’s more plural and as far as Julia’s role, it’s not an adversarial relationship. You know, Dexter’s yet to get involved in any significant way with someone he hasn’t ended up killing, so we’ll see if he can manage," said Hall.
Season five looks to be another suspenseful and shock-filled journey into the life and mind of America's favorite serial killer and Hall is glad that the show didn't end after that first season like he initially thought it should have. His character has evolved so much since then, it's hard to imagine a world without Dexter Morgan.
“When I first encountered the character, my first question was: Is this a person who could ever be? Really? And I’m still not sure. I think I’m coming closer and closer to believing that he’s real. And I think Dexter’s coming closer and closer to believing that he’s real too,” said Hall.
Dexter season five, premieres Sunday, September 26 only on Showtime.