Exclusive: 'Dexter' resurrects Julie Benz

dexterImage Credit: Randy Tepper/ShowtimeNow this is what I call a killer twist: Julie Benz is returning to Dexter — as Rita!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Benz — whose onscreen murder at the hands of the Trinity Killer was deemed by EW.com to be the most shocking death in TV history — has signed on to reprise her role as Dexter’s late bride in the first episode of season 5 (debuting this fall).

What? How? Why? Keep reading for answers to those three questions and more…

Specific details of Rita’s “resurrection” are being kept under wraps, but I’m told she is not coming back from the dead. New showrunner/executive producer Chip Johannessen also rules out a spectral visit a la Dexter’s late pa, Harry. “We’re not going to do some ghostly thing with her,” he says. Adds fellow exec producer Sara Colleton: “We reserve those for Harry. If you have too many things like that it becomes gimmicky.”

So how exactly will Benz — who will shoot her Dexter episode before starting work on her new ABC drama, No Ordinary Family — be revived? A Showtime rep would only add that the presence of Rita will “help Dexter deal with his newfound feelings of loss and grief — emotions he has never really felt before.”

Color me stumped! Think you have it figured out? Hit the comments with your theories!

Related: Dexter targets Julia Stiles for top-secret role

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  • e.

    Wedding Video

    • B

      That’s actually a great idea.

    • EmperorCheese

      dirty dirty sex tape.
      Booyah.
      Or something obtuse like that.

      • Andrea

        Good for her..TGW is one of the best written TV shows on air right now peroid HOUSE has been on the decline for the last 3 seasons..What a great move for her. Besides she had no chemistry with House’ in a sexual way boring indeed! I’m not sure wh is writing for this show and running it for that matter but you lost me 3 seasons ago same ole’ same ole’ When House had clinic duty that was good funny stuff 6 minutes per episode every now and then to change things up Everyone made such a big deal about olivia Wilde who cares she’s not all that in fact she’s quite f..cking boring on this show and with anything else I’ve ever seen her in The real talent that they put on the back burner in every episode is Omar Epps how misued is this guy and Robert Leonard?? seriously. They got rid of Anne Dudek another great talent in a great role opposite Leonard..what a waste. This show is done! Good for you Lisa.

    • I Heart Dexter

      Michael, Welcome back :)Glad you are allllllll better!

    • Matches Malone

      Clearly, that’s how they’re going to do it.

    • stan

      Then she’ll touch the red glass door knob, and IT WON’T OPEN! Stop posting here, M. Knight..

  • e.

    Wedding Video

    • ooh i like this.

    • Bob

      I like Julie Benz but Rita is an AWFUL SCREECHY bore.

      Let her die Die DIE and STAY AWAY!

      • Mikey M

        I agree. Love Benz but they made her character very naggy and unlikeable.

      • Dexfan

        Yes, totally, Rita was awaful – Benz needs to go back to the Wisteria Lane, where she belongs! How come all the queer characters get send away or get nothing to do on DH?

      • I Heart Dexter

        ditto! I found her extremely ANNOYING!

      • Craig

        Wickeddoll: You didn’t like Benz because she didn’t sound like an authentic 400 year old vampire!? OMG, you made my day. You are hilarious. I guess you of all people would know what a fictional creature from an over-rated TV show that aired on prime time to a mindless, trendy audience would sound like, right? *shakes head*

      • Niles

        She is hot in her undies… Put a little more syrup on her :-)

      • JF

        Craig, you reference to Buffy and Angel is so off the mark I have to wonder if: 1) you never watched either show and never read any critiques and/or 2) you were recently dropped on your head by your mother.

      • Alisa

        The answer is clear: Rita comes back in the form of flashbacks as Dexter learns to grieve.

      • mads

        I feel like I’m the only one who liked Rita and was really upset when she died.

      • Juanita

        I liked Rita at the beginning, but the wrote the character’s very gradual morph into a domineering, bossy wife with such skill! Before I knew it, I didnt like her. Very nicely done, screenwriter! :)

      • Watch It Die

        She was damaged from “go,” but I have to agree with Juanita: by the end, it would have taken an emotionless, disconnected maniac to put up with Rita. Good writing but painful to watch.

    • LDSK

      I really like that idea. A clever way to bring her back and give an emotional punch.

    • KRibbons

      Or a nervous breakdown.

    • EmperorCheese

      dirty dirty sex tape.
      Booyah.
      Or something obtuse like that.

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    • I Heart Dexter

      Michael, Welcome back :)Glad you are allllllll better!

    • stan

      Then she’ll touch the red glass door knob, and IT WON’T OPEN! Stop posting here, M. Knight..

  • Trish

    Two words: dream sequence.

    • Sarah

      Yes, in a dream. Exactly what I was thinking.

      • Wiseman

        I am also in the military and love this wtsibee. If you can keep up with the workouts prescribed here then you are going to be way above your peers in basic training. But if you feel you need more. I would mix in a swim. I know that sounds weird but I find that I run faster when I only run 3 days a week and swim two days. Instead of run all 5 days.

  • Trish

    Two words: dream sequence.

    • Mike in Moncton

      Exactly what I thought.

    • Sarah

      Yes, in a dream. Exactly what I was thinking.

  • B

    Hmm, maybe flashbacks? Dreams?

  • Just guessing

    flashbacks to earlier the day she was killed?

  • Cassandra

    Flashbacks! It has to be flashbacks…

    Or doppleganger?

    • Mark

      I like the doppleganger idea…very interesting and could be a cool concept.

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      As long as it’s not Flash Forward, I’m fine with it.

  • Cassandra

    Flashbacks! It has to be flashbacks…

    Or doppleganger?

    • Mark

      I like the doppleganger idea…very interesting and could be a cool concept.

  • Luminosity

    Flashbacks / memories.

  • Luminosity

    Flashbacks / memories.

  • Sparky

    Flashbacks! We didn’t see EVERYTHING that went on in that house between them… 8D

  • Sparky

    Flashbacks! We didn’t see EVERYTHING that went on in that house between them… 8D

  • Josh

    Sounds like flashback city to me

    • Ester

      Gary, there are a few reasons for it, one of which is ease of shicduleng. Ideally, the load used in a workout that follows a ME lift will be light relatively speaking; it will provide some more volume on that particular movement.It also allows emphasis to be placed on a specific movement as well, be it posterior chain, push, pull, etc. From our experience, it’s been working from a black box perspective.

  • Josh

    Sounds like flashback city to me

  • Janet

    He has to be dreaming about her then, right??? I can’t wait for the new season!!

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