'Dexter: New Blood' finale leaves fans satisfied 8 years after the series first ended

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for the "Dexter: New Blood" finale.

On Sunday’s finale of the Dexter: New Blood miniseries, what was potentially a second series finale for the character of Dexter concluded with fans much less upset this time around, considering the series finale in 2013 is widely regarded as one of the worst in TV history.

The return of Dexter Morgan in what was billed as a miniseries was meant to course-correct the initial series finale, which found the titular character disappearing to a quaint mountain town and changing his identity, leaving behind his son.

But when he started to feel the heat in this finale, instead of disappearing, Dexter came face-to-face with his past, and face-to-face with his son, Harrison, who was pointing a gun at the killer.

After Harrison tracked down a fleeing Dexter in the woods, a poignant moment happened with Dexter reflecting on all the good people he has slain over the years — while operating outside of his “code” that requires him to only kill bad people — and it became clear to Dexter and his son that there was only one way for this to end, with Harrison killing his father.

“I’ve never really felt love. Real love. Until now,” Dexter’s infamous voiceover said before a gunshot rang out.

Reactions to the ending poured in on Twitter and while some still weren’t happy, many thought it was the perfect ending by providing some much-needed closure.

Showrunner Clyde Philips didn’t shut the door on continuing the franchise with Harrison, but said it’s ultimately up to Showtime. But with the pain of this ending still settling in for some fans, another reboot can probably wait.

Dexter: New Blood aired Sunday at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

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