DEXTER Producer Confirms Eighth Season is the Last and Talks Season Seven Story

     June 26, 2012


A new trailer for the seventh season of Dexter showed up just last week, and while there hasn’t been any new footage shown from the new season, it does hint at some big things happening between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), especially following the cliffhanger ending last season. Hopefully we’ll get more of an idea of what this season will entail at Comic-Con next month, bot for now, we have some hints from executive producer Sara Colleton who not only details some of the plot points of the forthcoming seventh season, but also confirms that the eighth season will be the last for Dexter. More details after the jump.

dexter-season-7-posterFirst of all, Colleton, speaking to TV Guide, has no doubt that the eighth season will be the last for Dexter. This was talked about when Showtime renewed the series for two more seasons last year, but Colleton officially confirms it saying:

“This was definite. We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years. In some ways, this is a two-season series-ender. We have worked that out and know where it’s going to end. Next year will definitely be the last year of Dexter. Absolutely.”

Hopefully that means they don’t have to draw out the series in a way that feels forced for two seasons rather than just ending this season. But after hearing some of the plots from the seventh season, it sounds like there should be some great surprises in store. For those who want to go into the seventh season blind and want to avoid potential spoilers, steer clear from here on out.

Colleton first clears up some facts about the recently cast Yvonne Strahovski’s character. Previously it was said that she’s brought in to help close some old cases. However, the producer says, “She plays this woman named Hannah, who took off from this small rinky-dink Florida town and ran off with this older guy and they went on this wild killing spree. So when they got caught, she turned state’s evidence on the boyfriend, he went to jail for life and she started a new life. Years later, she’s in her 30s and she will intersect with Dexter. I would say Hannah is a still water that runs very deep and is quite unlike any woman Dexter has ever known.” That sounds a little more interesting.

dexter-season-7Another plot point will have LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) maybe getting closer to Dexter’s dark secret. At some point in the season, LaGuerta will find one of Dexter’s blood slides that he drops at a crime scene. Colleton elaborates:

“The only other time that she had seen this blood slide was in the copy case of the Bay Harbor Butcher. Her dear friend Sergeant Doakes, everyone thought he was the Bay Harbor Butcher, and thought that when he died, the Bay Harbor Butcher died with him. Now, she begins to suspect, ‘Is the Bay Harbor Butcher still alive and how can I set about proving the innocence of my friend Sergeant Doakes?’ That is something that’s a silent thing at the start, but it’s, again, going to be eventually working its way back to Dexter. It’s going to be very interesting to see if she can exonerate him.”

dexter-image-michael-c-hallBut the big question is, what will be happening between Dexter and Deb after her discovery at the end of the season last year? Colleton doesn’t reveal too much, but does say their relationship following this revelation will be somewhat rocky:

“Yeah. Obviously this whole season we’re going to have great fun playing with every permutation that can be played between Debra and Dexter in their relationship now that this information has come out. She was on her way to the church at the end of the last season because she had come to realize that she not only loved her foster brother Dexter but she is in love with him. So now what does she do? Does she turn him into the police? Is she repulsed by him? Can she continue to love him? Does she feel an odd relief that finally she understands some fundamental part of him that always felt elusive? Dexter was always elusive and Debra always thought it was because of her, and now she knows it wasn’t about her, it was about him really protecting her.

But she is the head of the homicide division and so it has to really affect her sense of justice and the whole system. It’s a really challenging year for her to juggle. And Dexter, of course, his world is equally rocked. He’s never had to deal with these kinds of emotions — regret, guilt, a sense of having let Deb down and also, obviously, the gnawing suspicion that at any time, she could have him arrested.”

Yeah, this season sounds like it’s setting up for the final go round, and I’m glad they’re not going to keep the show going just because the network wants it. It’s a little troubling that what should have been one season is becoming two, but I’m hoping the writers can maintain the quality of the show for a stellar ending for fans. For more of the interview with Collet and more details on the forthcoming season, check out the fill interview at TV Guide.

  • Lizard King

    I think most people consider season 4 to be the high-point for the series. Seasons 5 and 6 just didn’t seem to hit the marks for what people wanted and left a lot of awkward loose ends and ‘wtf’ moments. I think ending it quickly would have been better, but if they can get that great writing from season 4 back, then 2 seasons will be perfect.

  • dogg

    The whole Dexter/Deb romance thing feels incredibly forced. Whether they’re related or not, they certainly had a sibling relationship and it’s implausible she could just switch off her inner ick meter and start fantasizing about him. I really hate that they went there.

    • Dirk

      I wouldn’t say implausible considering all the crap relationships Deb has had with men, and Dexter being the one she could count on most (for the most part).

    • Angela

      Agreed! I vowed that if it went so far as to show the two in bed I’d quit watching…Now I have a whole other reason to stop watching. When he didn’t kill Hannah, Then his sister finally gets on board with his “dark passenger” and says …Oh hey do me the favor of removing this bitch from society since the law isn’t working against the sneaky lil C***. You’d think that would be enough but whats good for Dexter is good for Dexter right maybe he’s not a(different kind of man) the way they made him out to be when he was with his wife Rita. Mortified by the writers, Angela C.

  • marsha

    No! I’m not ready for Dexter to end but I guess I can see the motivation behind the decision. It is better to end shows on a high note rather than dragging them out until they die on their own. I’m so stoked I have the Blockbuster@Home service from Dish so I can get the last season mailed out to me real quick and catch up! Besides keeping up with my job at Dish, the rest of my time is going to be devoted to Dex! I might as well get all the seasons while I’m at it since they are also available from Blockbuster@Home, along with tons of other shows and movies. Hopefully Showtime can follow up with another brilliant original series. Quality TV shows are so few and far between!

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  • DeeDee

    They have ruined Dexter. I am not sure I can keep watching it. Last season sucked, this one looks to be worse.

  • Kezza

    My boyfriend and I love Dexter, the story lines have been fantastic. We have been thoroughly entertained through them all. My biggest shock had been Rita dying, even though you loved her character and you didn’t want her to die the story line was so exciting. Their was one story that i didn’t enjoy so much was the romance between Deb and Dexter. I know Deb was so unlucky when it came to relationships but i just didn’t really believe it and made me feel a bit uncomfortable watching it. I know you like to shock your audience and keep them gripped which i have been through all of them but not that storyline. Even though i’m a really big fan I do agree with ending it after season 8, go out on a high.

  • angel

    well i just love all the show some better then others hate to ssd thosee it go. do understand to go out high

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  • Native New Yorker

    I used to love this series, but all this emphasis on “Deb” has ruined the show. Why is this garbage-mouth idiot to focus of Season 8…I am to the point I can’t stand watching it!