John Lithgow isn’t the only one Dexter Alum, whose dead character would return in the upcoming 10-episode limited series revival on Showtime.
In an interview with his Emmy nomination for Perry Mason, Lithgow revealed that co-star Jennifer Carpenter will also be on the project, reuniting with Lithgow, Dexter star Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips.
“Like all Dexter Fans know we saw the end of the Trinity Killer which by definition means it’s a flashback, ”said Lithgow of how his character would be brought back. “It was just wonderful to rejoin this gang – including Michael and Jennifer Carpenter and Clyde Phillips.”
Dexter, which aired eight seasons between 2006 and 2013 on Showtime and centered around the meek Dexter Morgan (Hall). During the day, Dexter worked as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department. At night he was a serial killer – one who happened to target other killers.
Carpenter played Dexter’s foster sister Debra, a homicide detective who used her brother’s skills to solve murders. She was killed in the series finale. Lithgow appeared as Arthur Mitchell, the seemingly normal family man who turned out to be The Trinity Killer, throughout season 4. He was murdered by Dexter in the season four finale. Carpenter had previously speculated about a return to the Dexter revival with a March photo on the set. (See below.)
Lithgow revealed that he spent a day – “actually an afternoon” at The Berkshires – working on the Dexter revival, which he calls “a reinvention.”
“They’re not taking it to another era, but it’s in another part of the world, another part of the country and a whole new cast of characters,” he said, adding that at the same time, “it” has all sorts of wonderful surprises and callbacks from the first seasons. “