Dexter: New Blood spoilers follow.
The 10-episode Showtime series brought back Michael C Hall's serial killer Dexter, catching up with him a decade after the original series finale, which aired in 2013.
After managing to get away with murder for so long, Dexter's story reached its conclusion in the New Blood finale as his son Harrison (Jack Alcott) brought about his end, killing his father in retaliation for Dexter murdering Sergeant Logan.
Speaking about the shocking twist, showrunner Clyde Phillips explained to Rotten Tomatoes why Dexter's shocking death had to happen.
"We needed him to [die], I think," Phillips explained. "Dexter is an antihero, which is [still] a hero that we like, but he is still psychotic. And he kills people, and you’re not supposed to kill people. So it's, in a way, it's just desserts. In a way, it's what has to happen."
He continued: "And as for the specifics of the method of how it happened, that evolved in the writing room. We had great writers, and it's what we call 'best idea wins'.
"And once again, once you introduce what's called Chekhov's 'rifle', people who are paying attention to that kind of stuff … it's kind of a foreboding, a breadcrumb. And then the trick was to make it honest and authentic, dignified, have its own integrity."
Phillips also explained that the writers were "hell bent to redeem the show," from its widely panned season eight finale, adding: "I personally think we've succeeded. I just watched the show again this morning in preparation for this interview, and I was crying all over again."
The decision to kill off Dexter wasn't one that was taken lightly by Phillips, who said that they only wanted to create a "respectful and authentic" show for the audience.
"I believe Dexter is Showtime's No. 1 asset, and to kill that character, it's a huge decision and a mutual decision on the part of Michael, myself, and Showtime," he explained.
"I really respect my audience. We didn't want this to be Dexter season 9. We want to acknowledge that 10 years have passed. We didn't want to pretend that season 8 never happened. We didn't want him waking up from a dream.
"All of that was discussed, but all of it was pushed away in the interest of doing the most respectful and authentic show we could for the audience."
Dexter: New Blood is available on Sky and NOW in the UK and Showtime in the US.
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