Finally succeeded in blocking out all memories of that terrible Dexter series finale? Welp, sorry guys: Showtime is still pretty keen to talk about it. In a new interview at the Winter Television Critics Association semi-annual press tour in LA, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins defended the series finale, and denied previous reports stating the network wouldn't let Dexter die—saying, instead, that writers never even weighed that option.
"I think the fundamental design of where they ended Dexter was really well conceived," he told reporters. "He had to sacrifice the one person who was closest to him in the world and he had to leave." Yeah, to BECOME A LUMBERJACK. Ugh.
As for killing of Dexter: "It was never discussed, the idea of killing him … no one even brought up the idea," Nevins continued. This, of course, contradicts statements from Dexter producer John Goldwyn, who said that Showtime told them flat-out that Dexter Morgan could not die.
Nevins also referenced all that talk of a potential Dexter spinoff, but he unfortunately didn't deny it—quite the opposite, actually. "It would have to involve [Michael C. Hall]," Nevins told reporters. "I wouldn't do it without Michael...It remains to be seen if they’re going to want to do it, if I’m going to want to do it. But they never felt like killing Dexter is the right end. I think that show is that character. If we were to do it, I would want to do Dexter in a new concept and configuration. I would want the show to feel different and not just be a continuation of the old show."
As for what it would involve, Nevins wouldn't say—but when one reporter asked (according to EW, "snarked") if it would involve lumberjacks, Nevins immediately changed the subject.