Former “Dexter” Producer Clyde Phillips Reveals His Alternate Ending

Former Dexter Producer Clyde Phillips Alternate Ending

Former “Dexter” producer Clyde Phillips reveals his alternate ending. The producer shared how he planned to end the series exclusively for E!Online.  

Clyde Phillips served as an executive producer and showrunner on Dexter in the early years, helping shape the series for its first four seasons until he decided to leave the show in late 2009, at the end of the Trinity Killer season, which ended with Rita’s shocking death. 

“I haven’t shared this with anyone, and I can tell you that this is what I personally would have done should I have stayed with the show. I chose not to stay with the show, and so everybody did what they did, and I had no problem with that…and I think they did a good job with the final episode. But here is what I personally would have pitched.”

“In the very last scene of the series,” Philips explained, “Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery. And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.”

“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies.  Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.” 

Phillips further explained that his idea for the ending was inspired by An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge, the 1890 story by Ambrose Pierce about a Confederate soldier that is famous for its time-altering, plot-twisting ending. When the soldier is hanged, the rope breaks, he falls into the river, swims to shore, runs toward his family, see his wife and children and right before they are reunited, the rope catches and he dies. It turns out that the entire story takes place in the two to three seconds between the soldier’s initial drop and his neck snapping. 

Of course, even if Phillips had stayed on with Dexter, there’s no telling how the series finale would have turned out. “That is what I would have pitched and what I would have liked to have done,” Phillips tells E!Online. “But I can’t say what we would have done because nobody was the boss of that show. It was a collaboration between Sara Colleton and John Goldwyn and the network and me.”

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12 Responses to Former “Dexter” Producer Clyde Phillips Reveals His Alternate Ending

  1. i was satified with the ending but this sounds great! oh who cares im sitting here having a good cry lol

  2. I actually prefer the ending from last night.

  3. Jaime Bennett-Rhea via Facebook says:

    I think Dexter dying would have been way too predictable. The ending from last night makes you think and process things on many levels. Something I think they wanted us to feel.

  4. Wes Shirley via Facebook says:

    That would have been a terrible ending. The finale nailed it. Dexter faced judgment in the storm and prevailed with another chance. The old Dexter and everything tied to him was destroyed. We saw a Dexter that showed true emotion, but he wanted to ensure that his urges were gone for good. He knows where Harrison and Hannah are and he told Harrison to count the days until he saw him again. Very pleased with the ending.

  5. Chrissy Mazzocchi via Facebook says:

    I’m glad it ended the way it did although I wish he would of had a happily ever after like Deb wanted him too. Glad he didn’t die 🙂

  6. I’m glad they didn’t kill him off – would’ve absolutely hated that!

  7. That would have been an interesting ending that tied into the one promo that had the art paintings. I don’t know if I like the ending of Dexter. The scenes were so choppy in transition. I’m still on debate about it.

  8. Honestly, that’s how I thought Dexter would end… but I’m accepting the actual ending… it was definitely unexpected and not expected at all so I can appreciate that.

  9. Stormy Renner via Facebook says:

    I am happier with the ending that was aired! Did NOT want to see Dexter die. Thank you for a wonderful 8 seasons!! Now I feel lost.

  10. Jace L says:

    I would have liked it to end like that but it should Flash between his vic.s and the families he left behind the people that found out who he was and the only people that would have cared about who he killed and that after he dies hanna would have her scene where she was reading about it on her ipad and walks off with Harrison … the little part of him that really did live hell they even could have pulled it off that he did the thing with deb before he killed dan/saxon or whatever and that him in the room with them is when they hauled him off so he got charged with that guy and deb. Yeah I like that he “lived” but the life he had left was not really a life and honestly if the show is over it does not really matter if he lives at the end… so I think that would have been just as good and it would have let them do most of that they did anyway.. the whole lumberjack end was unnecessary. as to the last bad guy I don’t think he was any worse than the others but it did feel good how he died. the only thing was that it felt like what the fuck man why did you not just do that shit from go… hell run after his fucking ass and get him before he leaves vogels house damn…

  11. Deepta says:

    I was thinking it would be better… at the end there would be a split screen-
    First screen: Dexter at the lumberjack
    Second screen: Harrison stabs Hannah.

    Then at the end… both of them will do the same non-emotional eyes and with the smile..then blank screen.

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