DEXTER Renewed for Two More Seasons; Show Will Likely End After Season 8

     November 18, 2011


While negotiations for a seventh season of Showtime’s smash hit series Dexter came to a stalemate earlier last month, unsurprisingly all parties involved have finally come to an agreement as the network has renewed the show for two more seasons.  The series is the hallmark of Showtime’s original programming, and even though it’s in its sixth season the ratings continue to rise from week to week. While last season was a bit of a letdown following a series-best season four (fueled by a powerhouse performance by John Lithgow), I’ve been pretty happy with the story arcs in the current season. Hit the jump for more, including the likelihood of season eight being the show’s last.

dexter-image-michael-c-hallDeadline was able to speak with Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, who said that season eight will most likely be the show’s final run:

“I’m not going to say with absolute certainty that this is the end, but that is the likely scenario, that the series is moving towards a definite end.”

Nevins went on to say that they’ve plotted out a three year plan for the show that includes the current sixth season:

“The biggest question was: what is the trajectory of the show creatively? And after speaking with (executive producers) John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck, it became pretty clear that there was a very clear 3-year trajectory.”

While I’m a fan of the series, I think they’re gonna be pretty low on story ideas after season eight, so it’s nice to hear they’re heading towards a well planned-out finale. Now the question is, will Dexter’s serial killer secret finally come to light?