The best-selling author and Dexter’s creator Jeff Lindsay won’t say exactly what happens to his popular “good-guy” serial killer in his next Dexter book, which is expected to come out next year. But he does say it’ll probably be his final Dexter thriller, according to News Press.
“It’s been sitting with the editor for about two months now,” Lindsay says. “I think that’ll be the last of Dexter.”
Lindsay is already working on several new projects, including two Hollywood screenplays (he worked in Hollywood for 12 years before striking it big with the Dexter books), a stage play and an idea for another series of novels in the thriller genre. Besides, he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome and write tepid, uninspired sequels like so many authors have done.
“Dexter has been very, very good to me,” he says. “I would rather stop doing it than cheapen it.”
Surprisingly, Lindsay never saw the final season of the TV series. He says he stopped watching after about season four. It wasn’t because he didn’t like the show. He says he just got too busy with writing and book tours and other engagements. “I don’t have much time to sit and watch a lot of TV,” he says. “And I can’t really binge-watch.”
The TV series took some deep departures from his books. Lindsay says he accepted them as necessary changes for a TV adaptation, but the two versions of his beloved character are very different. The TV series, for example, humanized Dexter to make him more likable and also jettisoned the concept of Dexter’s “Dark Passenger” — an inner demon that urges Dexter to kill other serial killers and bad guys. Lindsay’s Dexter is an unrepentant psychopath who only pretends to be human. “They can’t reform,” he says.
Lindsay has mixed feelings about his books coming to an end. But he says he’ll never say never when it comes to more Dexter books. Dexter’s popularity has died down some since the TV series ended. But if people clamor for more Dexter, he says he’ll likely give it to them. He compares his novel’s ending to “The Final Problem,” the famous Sherlock Holmes story where the detective appears to fall to his death from the top of Reichenbach Falls. But then writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought back Sherlock after public outcry.
“I’ve left a small opening,” Lindsay says about the ending. “But if everybody else in the world has moved on, then so will I.” Besides, Lindsay says he’s looking forward to writing about something else for a change. “Everything ends,” he says. “I’m not tired of it yet, but I need to move on.”
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