Not just a prequel series about the young Dexter Morgan: a spin-off is also in development at Paramount+ focusing on the origins of the infamous antagonist played by John Lithgow.
Paramount+ e Showtime are planning their future offer, in view of the rebranding which will combine the two realities in the single Paramount+ with Showtime service. And it really seems that you want to focus on one of the most followed and loved Showtime series ever, Dexter. After the news of the official order of a prequel spin-off centered around a young Dexter Morganwe learn from Wall Street Journal that a second spin-off is also in development which will tell the origin story of another iconic character: Arthur Mitchell, better known as Trinity Killer and historical antagonist of Dexter played both in the mother series and in the sequel Dexter: Blood Origin and John Lithgow.
Dexter: A spin-off on the origins of Arthur Mitchell is in development
For the moment, no details are known about the potential new spin-off. Probably, since it is a prequel, it will involve an actor younger than Lithgow in the role of Arthur Mitchell. The latter, we recall, won an Emmy for playing this memorable villain, who was brutally murdered by Dexter with a hammer in the fourth season finale (considered by many fans to be the show’s best ever). The actor later reprized his role in a brief flashback in the revival Dexter: New Blood.
Dexter becomes a franchise
It is now clear the direction that Paramount + is taking in wanting to turn Dexter into a real franchise. First a prequel series (already officially ordered) based on a young Dexter Morgan in 1980s Miami, now this spin-off about the origins of the Trinity Killer. And a sequel to Dexter: New Blood? If at first the top management of the service had ruled out a second season that would have followed the deeds of Dexter’s now grown son played by Jack Alcottnow they might reconsider. Chris McCarthy, president of Paramount Global and supervisor of Showtime, said a second season of the revival could be ordered in the future, not now. A lot will depend, of course, on how the prequels go.