Dexter, a Showtime TV crime series, ran from 2006 to 2013 and had eight blood-soaked seasons. The show centered around a man who works as a blood spatter analyst for a forensic unit in Miami. This guy has a great life, a great job, and an excellent relationship with his adoptive sister. But Dexter has a secret. He sneaks off to dispatch bad guys like serial killers, murderers, rapists and bad guys, and dismantles them. He has learned to channel his homicidal and psychopathic tendencies into getting rid of the bad guys instead of killing innocent people. The gory TV show, based off of novels by Jeff Lindsay called Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter, was quite a hit and drew in millions of fans. After the season eight finale in 2013, most fans were left unsatisfied. The ending (no spoilers!) was disappointing to most; they felt as though the final episode didn’t mesh with Dexter’s well-established character.
But don’t despair! Showtime has made it very clear that they always intended to bring Dexter back on air. Whether it’s a short run or a whole new set of seasons, the ending isn’t quite the end for Dexter. It’s less a question of “if” and more a question of “when” the series can get together. Showtime has made it pretty clear they only want to continue with the series if Michael Hall is available to reprise his role as the almost good guy serial killer. Although Dexter season nine isn’t in the works yet, life goes on. So what have the actors from Dexter been up to lately?
10. Michael C. Hall – Dexter Morgan
Since his serial killing days have been over, Hall, who played Dexter, has still been acting. He starred in the crime thriller Cold in July alongside Vinessa Shaw. The actor turned to real estate investor in 2016; he bought a fancy pad in NYC for $4.3 million and is currently listing it for rent at a mere $15k a month. He also recently sold his home in California for nearly $5 million earlier this year. Also, the serial killer has turned into a musician, starring in David Bowie’s production Lazarus. He’s also been seen on the internet doing covers of Radiohead’s music with the very talented Lena Hall. Also in 2016, Hall had a surprise third wedding to his newest sweetheart, Morgan McGregor. Listen for Hall’s voice to be in the upcoming documentary The Gettysburg Address, along with Sam Elliott, Cary Elwes, and William Fichtner.
9. Jennifer Carpenter – Debra Morgan
Jennifer Carpenter, who played adopted sister Debra in Dexter, has had a very busy three years since the end of Dexter. After a role in the horror film about a religious cult, called The Devil’s Hand, Jennifer voiced Julie in the gruesome horror video game The Evil Within. Keeping to her horror and thriller roots, Jennifer is currently starring in the crime thriller Limitless alongside Jake McDorman. Jennifer and her fiance Seth Avett welcomed their first child late in 2015. Her and her Avett Brothers hubby met at a concert, soon after Dexter co-star Michael Hall and Carpenter had filed for divorce.
8. David Zayas – Sgt. Angel Batista
David Zayas has been quite busy in Hollywood. Since his role as Angel on Dexter, the actor has guest starred on tons of TV shows and played in some of his own. He appeared briefly on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grimm, In Plain Sight, Blacklist, and Elementary. He had a regular role on Gotham as Sal Maroni and Junior on the one-season comedy Saint George. David Zayas, who came from an impoverished background, did an interview with NPR in 2015, telling them he had dreamed of being an actor since he was 13, but had always thought it impossible. Lucky for us, the Dexter actor never let go of his dream! Look for Zayas in his three upcoming 2016 movies: the crime drama 11:55, the drama Shine, and sports movie Eli Moran.
7. James Remar – Harry Morgan
After Dexter was finished shooting, James Remar, who played Harry Morgan, has been working on many projects. On top of lending his voice to the hit video game Destiny, Remar played Jimmy Evans on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy. He also appeared in MTVs epic fantasy Chronicles of Shannaraand and voiced Tonraq in the Legend of Korracartoon. James Remar is also showing up in May of 2016 at the Texas Frightmare Weekend as a guest star; he’s had quite the career in horror and thriller stories, like Dexter and Tales from the Darkside. He’ll be in several upcoming movies, including two in 2016: the drama Feed and the action thriller Decommissioned.
6. C.S. Lee – Vince Masuka
C.S. Lee played Vince Masuka in Dexter. Since then, Lee has been up to several projects. Many of them are guest star roles; for example, he played Jae Shin in the TV show Power, a STARZ crime drama about a drug kingpin. He was in one episode of The League and two episodes of the comedy Fresh off the Boat. Lee has also been in several movies, including the strange fantasy-comedy-drama The Better Half and horror movie Toxin alongside Danny Glover. Lee has two movies in production currently, the thriller Tilt and Everything Beautiful Is Far Away, which does not yet have a public description. C.S. Lee mentioned in a 2013 interview that he wants to become a producer; he wants to make a film about what it was like to be an immigrant, growing up in a place where he just wanted to fit in. Hopefully, you’ll get to make that film someday soon, Lee!
5. Lauren Luna Vélez – Lt. Maria LaGuerta
Since playing Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta on Dexter, Lauren Lune Vélez has only been working on a few projects. She was in the single-season horror show South of Hell, about a woman who turns her demonic possession into a way to fight back against the plague of demons in her town. She also has two new movies set to hit theatres in the next year; the first is a drama called Adrift, about a writer, and Officer Downe, an action movie based on a graphic novel. Vélez has won two awards and been nominated four times for her role in Dexter.
4. Desmond Harrington – Det. Joseph ‘Joupey’ Quinn
Desmond Harrington, who played Joupey on Dexter, has only had about four acting projects since his time on the show. Most likely, it was because he was so busy while Dexter was actually filming! He was also a character on Gossip Girl, was in Dark Knight Rises, TiMER, and several other pieces. He’s been a lot more selective about work since then, only coming out for three episode of Those Who Kill and three episodes of Limitless. He also had a role on The Astronaut Wives Club as Alan Shepard. Harrington also has a movie set to be in theatres this June called The Neon Demon, a horror thriller about a young model who loses everything to a group of beauty-obsessed women who want to be just like her.
3. Julie Benz – Rita Bennett
After her role as Rita Bennett was over (in that gory season finale of season 4), Julie Benz was not short on projects. On the small screen, she played Robin Gallagher in Desperate Housewives, Stephanie Powell in No Ordinary Family, and Inspector Abby Dunn in the 2015 remake of Hawaii Five-O. She also made a few made-for-TV movies. Julie Benz has been on the big screen too, in the sexy drama Bedrooms in 2010 and the horror movie Circle in 2015. Look for her in the upcoming 2016 made-for-TV movie Training Day on CBS – a follow up to the hit 2001 movie of the same name.
2. Christina Robinson – Astor Bennett
Christina Robinson hasn’t been acting much since Dexter. After her role as Rita’s oldest daughter, Astor Bennett, Christina has only been seen in a couple of shorts, including Planting Daisy, a short about an abused wife getting back at her husband. The red-headed actress is in an upcoming movie in 2016 called Emma’s Chance. It’s a feel-good drama about a young girl who forms a special connection with an abused horse. The film was made by the Red Bucket Equine Rescue, who has helped to find homes for hundreds of abandoned and abused horses. She acts alongside Melissa and Joey’s Joey Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Greer Grammer.
1. Geoff Pierson – Deputy Chief Tom Matthews
Geoff Pierson played Deputy Chief Matthews in Dexter. After his days on Dexter were over, the actor had a recurring role on the ABC hit crime comedy Castle as Mr. Smith. He also played Pierce Grey in the HBO political comedy The Brink. He guest starred in an episode of The Astronaut Wives Club with Dexter co-star Desmond Harrington. He was also in the movie You’re Not You, where he played Hilary Swank’s father. Pierson will be voicing Colonel Jacob Kane in the upcoming cartoon Batman: Bad Blood. The actor, who has been acting since in first role in 1983, doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.