Dexter Revival Is Bringing Back John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer

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Showtime is bringing back one of Dexter Morgan’s biggest foes. John Lithgow is set to reprise his role as Arthur Mitchell, aka the Trinity Killer, in the network’s upcoming revival of Dexter, as reported by Deadline.

While there are few known details about Lithgow’s role in the Dexter revival, it is reported that the actor is only expected to film for about a day or so on the production. Showrunner Clyde Phillips and the series’ team of writers have figured out a way for the Trinity Killer to return in a way that makes sense within Dexter’s storyline.

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Spoilers ahead for Dexter.

Of course, the prospect of Arthur Mitchell returning to the series is a tricky one. The Trinity Killer bit the bullet in the Season 4 finale when Michael C. Hall’s Dexter took a hammer to him. While Lithgow’s tenure on Dexter only lasted for a season, the actor instantly became a fan favorite among the show’s audience.

Lithgow’s performance as Arthur Mitchell also drew critical acclaim. His performance won the actor his fifth Emmy in 2010, beating out the competition in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Lithgow has also won Emmys for his work on Amazing Stories, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Season One of Netflix’s The Crown. Lithgow could also pick up another nomination this year for his performance in HBO’s Perry Mason.

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Showtime announced the revival of Dexter last October. The new episodes will be set about a decade after Dexter Morgan went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura. The 10-episode season is eyeing a premiere date sometime in the fall. For more about the upcoming revival, read about how it is reframing the original series’ controversial finale.

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J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.

(Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)

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