How Dexter's Son Harrison Returns in 'New Blood'

Dexter fans have known for months now that Harrison, Dexter's son, would be returning in the New Blood revival, and now we know just how he shows up. Harrison is Dexter's (Michael C. Hall) son from his marriage to Rita, who was murdered by the Trinity killer. In the Dexter finale, Harrison left Florida with Dexter's girlfriend Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), before Dexter faked his own death and went into hiding. It is presumed that Harrison has been living with her for the past decade.

In the season premiere of Dexter: New Blood, we find Dexter living in the fictional upstate new york town of Iron Lake, now going by Jim Lindsay and working at a sporting good store. Over the course of the first half of the episode, Dexter notices a hooded character sneaking around town, as well as the woods near his cabin home, but he never catches a good look at the person. One night, Dexter comes home to find a light on in his house and a shadowy figure moving around inside. He grabs a weapon and moves to confront the individual, only to discover that it's his son, Harrison (Jack Alcott), now a teenager. 

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Fearing that he'll ruin Harrison's life as he believes he ruined the lives of nearly all his other loved ones, Dexter pretends he isn't himself. He gives Harrison some money and tells him how he can catch a bus out of town. Eventually, Dexter has a change of heart and realizes that he wants Harrison in his life. He rushes to the bus stop and convinces Harrison to stay, but it seems clear that this new beginning for the father and son will certainly not be without complications.

In addition to Alcott, other new cast members this time around include Clancy Brown (Billions) as Dexter's primary rival Kurt Caldwell, the unofficial mayor of Iron Lake. Jamie Chung (Lovecraft Country), Julia Jones (Goliath) and Alano Miller (Jane the Virgin) will also star. Hall previously opened up about the new season of Dexter and seemed to imply that more episodes could be approved in the future. Speaking to NME, Hall talked about the revival and was asked if this will mark the end of the franchise. "I'm reluctant to say 'definitely', you know? Let's see," he replied. "What's plain now is that there's 10 new episodes."

Hall also offered some thoughts on how it has felt to step back into the role eight years after the original run ended. "I don't really know what to expect, as I've never returned to a job after so much time. Having Dexter in a completely different context, we'll see how that feels," he said. "It's been interesting to figure out how to do that and I thought it was time to find out what the hell happened to him."


To see Dexter reunite with Harrison, tune into Dexter: New Blood every Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. Those hoping to watch can get a free trial offer by clicking here for all the details!