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‘Dexter: New Blood’ – “Cold Snap”

‘Dexter: New Blood’ – “Cold Snap”

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The Dark Passenger never stays buried for long. It’s been some time since we last saw everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood serial killer, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), and after the series controversial ending, fans wondered, whatever happened Dexter? Well, now they’ll get their answer with the all-new miniseries Dexter: New Blood, which finds Dexter now given up his life of nighttime murder. But old habits die hard, and new temptations bring out the blood.

Approximately ten years after the original series finale, Dexter Morgan has moved to the fictional small town of Iron Lake, New York, hiding his identity under the name of Jim Lindsay, a local shopkeeper. He has developed a relationship with Angela Bishop, the town’s chief of police, and has suppressed his serial killing urges. A string of incidents around Iron Lake causes Dexter to fear that the “Dark Passenger” within him will reveal itself.

Set 10 years on from the original series, Dexter: New Blood finds Michael C. Hall back as Dexter Morgan, although this time he’s not Dexter Morgan, but instead Jeff Lindsay (a nice subtle in-joke to Dexter series author Jeff Lindsay), a retail clerk living in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Known around town as the unassuming nice guy, Jeff is everyone’s friend and is even dating the local police detective. Hall is able to showcase a two-faced kind of person, one as everyday friendly Jeff, and the other as the haunted Dexter, who has done everything he can to knock pick up the knife. But everyone falls off the wagon eventually.

Director Marcos Siega builds “Cold Snap” with a slow burn pace as the tension rises and a new outsider brings out Dexter’s bad side once more. All through the episode, we watch Dexter struggle with his unresolved life and the past that still haunts him. And this past kicks onto the screen in a very special cameo appearance that is sure to leave longtime Dexter fans in shock. Hall and Siega dive into Dexter splitting personality as Jeff/Dexter and it’s very interesting to see him wrestle with the man he once was and the urges that want to consume him.

The arrival of certain strangers keep Dexter on his feet, and when he finally snaps things certainly take a turn for the worse. Dexter was always able to keep one step ahead of his own life. But this time around things are far more difficult, and Maimi’s former resident serial killer has been out of practice for a while. “Cold Snap” ends on a hell of a shocking final moment, and it’s clear that normal life is now over for Dexter.

Dexter: New Blood brings a whole new world of possibilities to bear on TV’s favourite resident serial killer, and new twists and turns abound as his old life catches up with his new one. Hello Dexter Morgan!

Dexter: New Blood is available on NEON.

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