Prior to the start of Season 8, some "Dexter" fans were hoping that any potential spinoff series would center around Deb. It made sense, as Deb was an important character who had undergone some interesting emotional changes in the past couple of seasons.
But since Deb was killed off in the "Dexter" series finale, fans are wondering who exactly is going to star in a proposed "Dexter" spinoff. The series clearly wouldn't center around characters like Masuka and Niki!
There are a couple of ways that "Dexter" could approach a spinoff that doesn't center around Deb. One tactic would be to do a prequel series that focuses on a young Dexter Morgan who is still honing his technique. However, this approach could be boring and anti-climactic, since fans already know that Dexter grows up.
Oddly, the most logical contender for a spinoff series is Hannah McKay. Even though she was only on "Dexter" for two seasons, she is an interesting character. A series about an American ex-pat living in Argentina could be interesting, especially since Hannah is no ordinary ex-pat. She could work as a master poisoner/assassin, while also struggling to raise a child that is not her own. Hopefully, the producers will let her character color her hair and use disguises this time around.
Hannah is a bit of a divisive character, however. A more palatable approach to a spinoff might be a sort of "Batman Beyond" approach to the "Dexter" world. It could be awesome to see a much older actor cast, as an aging Dexter Morgan takes a young man under his wing and trains him in the art of "The Code."
Relying on a fresh cast and fresh faces might energize this tired (but lucrative) TV property. The key is finding the right actor to play an older Dexter. Actors who might have the right look to pull off this role include Kurt Russell, Bill Pullman, Warren Beatty, or Max von Sydow.
Will "Dexter" even get a spinoff series in the wake of a critically panned final season? Which characters will star in it? Fans of "Dexter" will just have to wait and see.
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