Shortly after Showtime confirmed Dexter: New Blood would officially not gain a second season, Chris McCarthy, Paramount’s global executive, is eyeing not one, not two, but three Dexter offshoots — including seemingly uncancelling New Blood season 2. Per The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy has handed a straight-to-series order for a prequel show entitled Dexter: Origins. As the title says, the prequel will focus on a young Dexter Morgan and his path to becoming the titular anti-hero.
According to the official synopsis, the prequel will “dramatize young Dexter Morgan at the outset of his transition into the avenging serial killer he would become. Set in Miami which was a hotbed of real serial killers of his time, the show will begin as Dexter graduates college to join Miami Metro, where he meets younger versions of many of the characters we came to know in the original Dexter. And, of course, the show will also focus on Dexter’s family, including a very-much-alive Harry and a very formidable, teenage Deb.”
The network is also currently dancing around spin-offs focused on some of Dexter‘s most iconic characters beyond its lead, most notably, Trinity. Should the spin-off move forward, it would also serve as an origin story for Trinity, aka Arthur Mitchell. The original Dexter already offers some hints at what the spin-off would potentially entail, including Arthur’s difficult childhood that would later inform his Trinity MO.
Additionally, Showtime is developing a Harrison-centric series that will pick up where episode 10 of New Blood left Harrison. The show would follow Harrison, “who survived his tumultuous reintroduction with his father and flees to New York City where he must wrestle with his own violent nature and whether, like his father, he too is compelled to kill.” While it sounds exactly like what a season 2 would entail, the network is framing the show as a new version of New Blood rather than a direct confirmation that it’s season 2.
Dexter and Dexter: New Blood are streaming now on Showtime.