Dexter producer John Goldwyn has claimed that the prospect of killing the titular character was taken off the table by forces from above.
Revealing new insight into the drama’s contentious ending, which saw Dexter drive into a hurricane and live on a lumberjack after dumping Deb in the ocean, Goldwyn claimed the creative team were restricted by the fact they weren’t allowed to kill the character in the final season. He told Vulture:
“They won’t let us kill him. Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, ‘Just to be clear, he’s going to live.’ There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close.
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