The team of the series, Dexter: New Blood has revealed how Dexter’s sister, Debra Morgan will be brought back in the show. The reboot of 10 episodes consists of Michael C. Hall’s return as the beloved title character and takes place ten years after the finale.
Showrunner, Clyde Phillips comes back after leaving the original series at the end of season 4. The upcoming new reboot is set to bring back new faces, including Clancy Brown as the central villain and Kurt Caldwell, the unofficial mayor of Iron Lake in upstate New York. It will also see Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah, Michael Cyril Creighton, Alano Miller, Jack Alcott, and Jamie Chung.
Jennifer Carpenter who plays Dexter’s adoptive sister and detective for eight seasons of the original series will be making her comeback. In the show, Debra had been promoted to lieutenant and had a strong equation with her brother. This was before she caught him in the act of killing in the sixth season finale.
Ever since then, the two characters have had an up-and-down relationship where Debra compromises her morals as a person and a police lieutenant. Jennifer has received a lot of appreciation for her portrayal of Debra in the final two seasons. As per Variety, Jennifer, Michael and Clyde attended a TCA panel for the reboot.
This is where they revealed more details of Debra’s return. The original series had ended in Debra’s death after being pulled off of life support. So her return in the reboot has been speculated to be as a ghost or perhaps a flashback. Jennifer shared her thoughts on Debra and how she will be brought back to Dexter: New Blood.
The actress said she did not really feel like she wanted to go back and fix “a broken score”. She added, “I feel like Deb had a different ending than the show. So, I decided that my work was to go to the bottom of the ocean and collect her and see if she wanted to be a witness to watch an unmedicated, decoded, unpunished, unchecked serial killer experience himself.”
Clyde further elaborated on the character’s return. He revealed that Debra’s character says in a later episode what Harry did could be child abuse. The showrunner added that that the character represents a corner of Dexter’s mind that they have in their own heads. He said, “And I think Deb…represents a corner of Dexter’s mind that we all have in our own heads that says, ‘Well, wait a minute. If you do this, then here are the consequences and then you decide whether or not to do it whether or not to pursue it.”