Jennifer Carpenter Returning for ‘Dexter’ Revival


Jennifer Carpenter, well-known for her role as Debra Morgan in Dexter, is returning to the series for its upcoming revival! The Hollywood Reporter was first to announce.

When viewers last saw Debra, she was … pretty dead. After Deb pursued another killer, she was wounded in the line of duty and sent to the hospital. However, her injuries were quite severe, and she went brain-dead. But rather than see his sister in that state, Dexter pulled the plug and gave her a burial at sea … in the middle of a hurricane.

There’s currently no confirmation on the specifics of Deb’s return, but there’s one widely accepted theory: Deb replaces Harry as Dexter’s conscience. In the show’s original run, Dexter and Deb’s late father, Harry, played the role of Dexter’s conscience. Eventually, Dexter let Harry go; Dexter no longer needed him. But a lot has happened since viewers saw Dexter. If anyone’s going to be living inside his head, Deb is just the person to do so. Besides, ghost Deb surely has a bone to pick with her brother.

Carpenter returns to the series alongside the recently announced John Lithgow. Lithgow will reprise his role as Arthur Mitchell/Trinity Killer. He further cemented Carpenter’s return in an interview with Deadline.

The Dexter revival is set for a 10-episode limited run on Showtime. It will premiere this Fall. On July 25, Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Clyde Phillips (showrunner, executive producer), and more will share exciting updates at Comic-Con@Home. Make sure to tune in!

Find all our coverage on the revival here, and stay tuned for more updates.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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