Jennifer Carpenter reveals if she’s really coming back for season 9
Dexter Star Jennifer Carpenter has openly responded to the impending rumor that has hovered over Season 9 production since its announcement. Carpenter has long been rumored to return for Showtime’s new standalone Dexter season – which shares continuity with the original show but features Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) in a whole new location. After months of rumors and attentive fans spotting her on set, she finally confirmed the news on Saturday.
The 41-year-old actress shared the image below alongside John Lithgow, who played Trinity Slayer Arthur Mitchell during Season 4. It has been confirmed that Lithgow will return for a brief scene, and he has also announced Carpenter’s return in an interview just before numerous news outlets independently confirmed the news. “After all these years, we’re EXACTLY the same! #Dexter… I guess it feels good to the BODY,” Carpenter wrote, adding their character names and the phrase “See you soon.”
Carpenter’s character, Dexter’s adopted sister, Debra Morgan, is sadly dead in the series finale of Dexter, in what was a controversial decision in the eyes of many fans. With the new limited series, Debra should still be dead, given the creators’ insistence that they not change the continuity of the original series. Our guess is that Debra will return as Dexter’s inner conscience, much like serial killer Harry Morgan’s adoptive father (James Remar) did in the original series. (Coincidentally, Remar says he’s not involved in the new series.) That would mean Carpenter is little more than just the flashback or hallucination that Lithgow filmed.
Official details of Debra’s return have not been revealed. What Showtime said is that Dexter currently lives in a small, snowy town under a new name, Jim Lindsay. He apparently lives a simple life in the woods while working as a salesperson at a store called Fred’s Fish & Game. He’ll end up bumping into a true crime podcaster played by Jamie Chung and a beloved town leader, played by Clancy Brown, who seemingly has a darker nature than his fellow citizens assume. No release date has been set, but it is expected to be released before the end of 2021.