John Lithgow has explained the idea of his association in Showtime’s forthcoming Dexter sequel series. While it was accounted for that the actor’s role was sufficiently little to just require a solitary evening of shooting in Los Angeles, Lithgow actually had subtleties to share about the nature of the project and how his reprisal of the role of Arthur Mitchell, otherwise known as The Trinity Killer, factors into it.
Reports that Lithgow would be returning as the Trinity Killer sent some Dexter fans into a combination of excitement and confusion. Lithgow’s residency on the original series was brief, as his character took care of business in the Season 4 finale. Lithgow has explained that there are no supernatural elements to his re-visitation of the series, expressing that the Trinity Killer may be found in flashback.
“As all Dexter fans know, we saw the end of the Trinity Killer, so that by definition means it’s a flashback,” Lithgow told Deadline. “It was just wonderful to rejoin that gang — including Michael and Jennifer Carpenter, and Clyde Phillips.”
Lithgow additionally offered some knowledge into how the spin-off series will separate itself from Dexter’s initial eight-season run.
“I learned that it’s completely different from [the original series]… it’s a reimagination,” Lithgow said. “They don’t take it into a different era, but it’s in a different part of the world, a different part of the country, and [has] a whole new cast of characters.”
Lithgow proceeded to share that he first learned of plans for a Dexter revival approximately 5 months prior to shooting started. Showrunner Clyde Phillips inquired as to whether he would return for a brief role in the sequel series.
“He said, ‘Can you come just to spend one day in The Berkshires?’” Lithgow said. “I said, ‘Of course I can,’ and that’s exactly what it was.”
Lithgow’s performance on Dexter is as yet seen as a feature of the series by numerous fans. The actor’s work drew critical acclaim, with Lithgow procuring his fifth Emmy in 2010 in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
Lithgow additionally scored his thirteenth Emmy nomination earlier today for his supporting turn in HBO’s drama show series Perry Mason. The show debuted in June 2020 and has since been renewed for a second season by the network.