**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**
Hello, Dexter Morgan.
Dexter has a contentious place in television history. On one prosthetic hand, its final season and finale remain one of the worst of all time even now almost 10 years after it aired. On the other dismembered hand, the Season 4 closer featuring the surprise murder of Rita Morgan (Julie Benz) at the hands of the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow) continues to top lists of the most shocking moments in TV history more than a decade later. It’s a production of extremes, and today’s reboot New Blood follows in its footsteps.
I have loved Dexter from the very start. The vigilante justice of his code fills an important vacuum for victim/survivors, and watching him dismantle criminals who escaped the law was cathartic. But where I really fell in love was during Season 5, the rape-revenge season, where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) takes down a gang of perverts who kidnap women to torture, rape, murder, and film it all, dumping the women after in the Everglades in trash barrels. As he dispatched each pervert one by one, those were the moments when Dexter received my devotion permanently. In fact, I adore Dexter so much I didn’t think the Season 8 finale was as atrocious as everyone complained, and I long suspected that Dexter Morgan never intended to survive that hurricane he rode into that garnered so much fan hate.
In Marcos Siega’s sequel Dexter: New Blood, my suspicion was finally confirmed that the eighth season closed with a suicide attempt. When Dexter accidentally survived, he took the opportunity to reinvent himself. From the opening moments of New Blood we see these changes in action in Dexter’s new alter-ego James “Jim” Lindsay who has made a home in upstate Iron Lake, New York. Jimbo has amplified Dexter’s previous office-donut persona and has compartmentalized his old self so deeply he hasn’t killed a single bad guy in this entire time away from Miami. The ghost of Harry Morgan (James Remar) has been replaced with a fabulously demented version of Dexter’s sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), who bullies Dexter…