Is Dexter: New Blood's Iron Lake, New York, A Real Place?

Michael C. Hall returns as Dexter Morgan in Dexter: New Blood (2021).
Michael C. Hall returns as Dexter Morgan in Dexter: New Blood (2021). / Showtime

Dexter: New Blood has officially begun, with the highly-anticipated premiere releasing on Sunday, November 7. Fans of the original Showtime series were counting down the days until they could see their favorite fictional serial killer on TV screens once again. And though there's a new location for the revival, it still stars the same old Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall).

But that doesn’t mean that Dexter isn’t trying to be better. The revival takes place about 10 years after the events of Dexter's polarizing series finale. In Dexter: New Blood, the eponymous character lives under a new name and is far away from his native Miami, Florida.

When viewers last saw Dexter in the final moments of season 8, he’d moved to Oregon and was working as a lumberjack. In the revival, he now lives in the tiny town of Iron Lake, New York. It’s a very scenic place with lots of snow and woods and seems to welcome a number of people from New York City, who come to visit during hunting season.

Where was Dexter: New Blood filmed?

While watching the Dexter: New Blood premiere, many viewers wondered if Iron Lake, New York, was a real place. Though New York is home to a body of water known as Iron Lake, the town Dexter inhabits is fictional. Back in January 2021 when initial details about Dexter: New Blood were first still coming out, TVLine reported that the new location for the revival would be “the fictional small town of Iron Lake.”

Dexter: New Blood was mostly shot in Massachusetts. More specifically, according to Polygon, in the small town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Needless to say, this location is very different from Miami, Florida. Not having the bay to dispose of bodies might pose an issue for the main protagonist—let’s see if he gets creative.

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