Warning: The following contains spoilers for the series’ finale Dexter: New Blood.
In the final series of Dexter: New Blood, Dexter Morgan is forced to face the truth.
Although he succeeded in evading his sheriff’s girlfriend, he couldn’t escape the fact that his cipher, whom he had tracked down in the books for years, was definitely broken. As a result, a frustrated Harrison pointed a gun to his own flesh and blood and pulled the trigger. A headshot later, the former Miami Metro blood analyst – and the city’s elusive Bay Harbor butcher – eventually died. (Click here for the full summary.)
Below, showrunner and executive producer Clyde Phillips talks to TVLine about respecting her legacy. Dexter, the return of Angel Batista and the reason why Sgt was murdered. Logan has changed everything.
TVLINE | Did Michael C. Hall know in advance that Dexter would die, and if so, what was his initial reaction?
CLYDE PHILLIPS | This all happened about two and a half years ago, so I’m not sure if it was the first or second meeting, but he soon learned that Dexter was going to die. He understood that it was the right decision. If Dexter keeps coming out of his jam every time, we’re doing a superhero show. We wanted to bring as much humanity as possible to the end of the show and to say goodbye to the character with dignity and integrity.
TVLINE | Have any other endings ever been discussed or considered?
No other endings were discussed. We always knew that Harrison would always kill his father. How he got there is the product of 10 great writers in a writing room over the next year and a half with all its nuances and mentality. It was a very brutal and intimate moment when this happened, but I think it ends the way it should.
This will definitely happen. Harrison is very spoiled. Living with a serial killer in Argentina. She died. (There are actually people online who think he killed Hannah. There are also people who think that Harrison isn’t Harrison. There’s all this out there, I’m sure you’ve seen it.) He did. break that wrestler. arm, he slashed the rifleman with a razor blade and lied about it. He was in his room watching his father kill Kurt. He saw all the deaths around him in Kurt’s grave. He joined his father to incinerate Kurt. He is not without his shadow.
TVLINE | Is there ever pressure from [Showtime’s President of Entertainment] Gary Levine or any other superior to leave things open or to keep him alive?
No, actually. Gary and [Showtime Chairman and CEO] David Nevins and Michael C. Hall both agree. And Michael is the show’s executive producer, and that’s not a frivolous title. He is very active. He’s going to music and casting meetings, he’s seen all the cuts and notes about them. Seen all sketches and scenarios. We pretty much knew from the beginning where we were going to do it, what you were going to do in each part, otherwise you didn’t know how to write interlaced episodes. What is the mentality and flair you want to add to it? What would you like to put an easter egg in? What justification do you want to put in there? In all the shows that I do and when I write my books, I know the ending. That’s not to say that if we’re driving cross-country, we can’t go to Canada or Louisiana, or wherever the characters take us, but we’ll still go across the country and go to that end.
TVLINE | The final scene between Dexter and Harrison is emotional, and so heavy. How was the vibe on set that day?
I’ll tell you a few things behind the scenes. First of all, the vibe of writing it, I’m a piece of crap. Marcos Siega, an excellent director and a great friend to Michael and I, we chased snow everywhere. If it snowed, we would run to that town and shoot any scenes that needed snow. But we also knew that we needed a very, very important scene between Michael and Jack [Alcott], between Dexter and Harrison, so on a heavy snowy day, we shot the therapy scene inside. We wanted to shoot a very heavy scene between the two of them so Michael could test Jack, and Jack could take Michael C. Hall’s master’s class, and really help them move on.
The following Saturday, we rehearsed at our studio in Massachusetts. Because of COVID, we couldn’t do it in my office, we had to do it in the barn, so we cleaned it up so people could be far enough apart. For some reason, I had a baseball bat in my office, and Harrison used it as a mount for the rifle. We rehearsed this scene many times. They had questions. Marcos did some of the staging, and I rewrote some of the stuff. They had some ideas, and we agreed on them.
On the day we did the shoot, we knew we were doing something important and we were excited, but it very quickly became… not murky, but divine. Everyone was very quiet, continuing their work. The radio went silent, and then we let the actors have it. Marcos would say, ‘Okay, the cameras we’re using here, here and here. Be aware of them. Close the scene. ‘
Another discussion we had was: How did Dexter fall when Harrison pulled the trigger? We don’t want him to be like Christ and sacrifice. We don’t want him to fall like an angel. Michael, because he’s a great actor, just said, ‘My body is about to disconnect from my brain and I won’t be able to control how I fall, so let me fall. ‘. He fell slightly on his side, one foot over the other, it felt like a natural death, a natural murder. He had to stay in that position all day because we had to film all of Angela and Jack’s stuff while he was lying there. It was a great decision on his part to do so.
Ministry is very respectful. And this is early in the shoot. This is the first of six months of shooting, because again, we need winter. That’s doubly challenging for Jack, who is still reprising his role. Thank God Michael for helping him. It took us all day to shoot and we captured it in the last moment of sunlight, and then we were done. Usually, when you call it a wrap, people start screaming, but everyone stays very quiet. They are still in the moment. That’s the dark part. We were all very emotional about it.
TVLINE | It’s great to see David Zayas return this season as Angel Batista. What was David’s reaction when he learned that you wanted him back, and what would it be like to work with him again?
His reaction was pure excitement, he said yes for a second, and so was Lithgow. But having him there, he’s a great guy. I just saw him at the premiere. I have kept in touch with him for many years. David plays such an important role in the finale, which is a perfect circle, in a way. Also, it was the perfect threat for Angela to tell Dexter. That Batista’s on his way here and, ‘I might not be able to get this Matt to stick, but you, Dexter Morgan, are the Flying Harbor Butcher.’ And he knows he’s working.
TVLINE | Dexter killing Logan changed everything for Harrison. Can you talk a little bit about why Harrison chose to take down Dexter instead of escaping with the father he ended up connecting with?
Dexter’s code was so irreparably broken that it looked like a bull to Harrison. Harrison realizes Dexter is a subconscious addict. Dexter is a killer. When Harrison talks about murder, he thinks, ‘Look at all the lives we could have saved if we just killed this serial killer.’ Dexter never thought so. Harrison is thinking like Batman. Dexter’s thoughts, ‘My code is that I kill people who do bad things.’ Dexter told Harrison, ‘I want to be a better man. I want to be a better father, and I can do it with your help,” and Harrison said, “I’m not your damn carer. ” That’s what you say to an addict. It’s too late. You’ve broken the code, and your code isn’t like taking another drink or another drug, your code is killing people.
Then he yelled at him, it was an easter egg from the pilot, he said, ‘Open your eyes and look at what you’ve done, and then we do a flashback on it. Logan, Lundy, Doakes, LaGuerta, Rita, and Deb, and that’s when Dexter realizes he’s right. Then this long, long pause, and Dexter saying to Harrison, ‘You have to stay safe, like I showed you,’ allows him to do this. Urged him, almost, to do it. Harrison was crying, he made it, Dexter fell and said, ‘You did well.’ He is forgiving him.
And then there’s Deb, holding Dexter’s hand, the last piece of consciousness Dexter has. The way I wrote it, Dexter pulled his hand away from Deb, but Jennifer Carpenter [who plays Debra] on the day said, ‘Can we try just one place where I take my hand away from him?’ shows that his consciousness is fading away. She did it and it was amazing and we used it.
TVLINE | Harrison took down the Flying Butcher Harrison. Will Angela ever be able to protect him from the law and can he stay in Iron Lake?
Imagine a 16-year-old whose mother was murdered and who just shot his father. Where will he live? That’s 100 years of consulting in a town of 2,700 people. He needed to leave, and Angela covered him. Angela, who has worried about murders in the office throughout her career, (and later discovered them because Dexter sent her there), is filled with death and sadness. She has a chance to do something humane, kind and gracious. She took responsibility from Harrison and put it on herself and saw him off. She is a heroine at the end of the series.
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