If you got emotional seeing the reunion between Dexter and Harrison Morgan, you’re not alone. Apparently, it was hard for the actors too. Jack Alcott, who plays the teen in Dexter: New Blood, made the revelation in an interview, revealing that he and Michael C. Hall were both “super emotional” filming the scene.
The premiere of ‘Dexter: New Blood’ featured Harrison’s return
Dexter: New Blood premiered on Showtime on Sunday, Nov. 7 — just over eight years after the Dexter series finale, which saw the titular character flee Miami and go into hiding, after abandoning Harrison and his girlfriend, Hannah McKay. The revival begins as if the same amount of time has passed for Dexter, finding him living as Jim Lindsay in the fictional small town of Iron Lake, New York.
He lives a quiet life devoid of killing, but it’s interrupted when Harrison suddenly shows up. Afraid to let him in on who he really is, Dexter initially acts like Harrison has the wrong person and sends him away with a few dollars and directions on how to get out of town. But he has a change of heart by the end of the episode and decides he wants to be in Harrison’s life.
Dexter makes it to the bus stop just in time and gets Harrison to come with him back to his cabin.
Alcott on Dexter and Harrison’s reunion
Reflecting on the reunion, Alcott admitted it was “super emotional” to film, not just in general but also because it was his and Hall’s last scene together.
“The last scene of the first episode at the bus stop was a super emotional day,” he told the Dexter: New Blood Wrap Up podcast. “I remember everyone asking me, ‘Are you going to be sad?’ And I was like, it is definitely gonna hit me when I get home, I’ll be fine, this is not a big deal. Michael and I gave each other gifts, notes, and stuff that was very sweet, and we’re shooting the scene … and it’s a great scene, it’s a quick scene, and it flows well.”
But as the reality started setting in that filming was almost over, Alcott became emotional.
“We do my coverage, and it goes really well,” he continued. “The nostalgia’s sort of creeping in, and we’re doing the last shots, and before what we think is our last take Michael says ‘I love you man’ and I’m like ‘I love you too man,’ and we do one more take and it’s great, and when [director Marcos Siega] yells, ‘Alright guys I’ve got everything I need, one more for you guys” and then he called ‘action’… then it hit me.”
“I was like, oh my God, it just hit me like a train, and I instantly just tried to hold myself together,” he added, noting that Hall allegedly also began to “get choked up” after Alcott smiled at him. “And it was like, this take is totally unusual. It makes no sense for them both to be like crying… and we just hugged each other.”
CarterMatt reports the last day of filming happened in July and was celebrated online by executive producer Scott Reynolds, who also hosts Wrap-Up.
Watch the show now
While there’s still tension between Dexter and Harrison, Dexter is trying his best to be there for him now. Dexter: New Blood Episode 2 saw him coming clean about the reason he left Harrison behind and inviting him to stick around for good. Of course, Harrison is still wary of his father, but for now, he’s staying.
Dexter: New Blood airs at 9 p.m. ET on Sundays on Showtime.
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