Dexter, the sixty minute program about righting what the law cannot, has been shown for six seasons. It premiered in October of 2006 and has been an extremely popular program since that time. In the first six seasons, Dexter has always been a force of good. He kills those who commit horrible crimes and get away with them to keep them from committing their horrible crimes again. He only kills those who would otherwise kill the innocent people that Dexter has convinced himself he needs to protect. He killed other serial killers, righted the wrongs of society, and was generally just a good guy. Dexter’s unwillingness to do bad seemed to indicate that he was inherently good; however, at the end of Season 6, Dexter’s dark side came out in full force. Anytime Dexter fought the demon inside of him and refused to kill, that demon drove him mad. When Dexter became emotional, the demon exploited that weak point and forced Dexter to kill an innocent man. The saying goes one right does not fix a lifetime of wrongs but it is equally true in reverse; one wrong can invalidate a lifetime of rights. Season 6 left audiences at a complete cliff-hanger, severely dangling off the edges of their seats, waiting to see what might happen to Dexter next. This anxiety creating scenario turned out to be the ultimate cliffhanger because, unfortunately, everyone knew they were going to have to wait until the fall of 2012 for their anxiety to end.
Fortunately, America’s most beloved serial killer will soon be back for another season, and another one after that, the 8th season has been confirmed, and it just may be the most gripping season yet.
In an interview with executive producer Sara Colleton, she said season 8 of Dexter will be its last. She said they wanted to end it this year, but the network wanted them to extend the series a bit longer. But she made sure we understood there will not be a season 8. On a lighter note, lets talk about season 7…. Dexter has just embraced what he calls his “dark passenger”. His “dark passenger” is the darkness inside him that he can no longer control and is beginning to control him. Season 7 will pick up where Season 6 left off, right when Deb begins to walk in on the middle of a kill room. Dexter is standing above a dead man on an altar, holding a knife inside of a man when Deb, his sister, walks in and screams at him to “get the **** away from the body.” Dexter tells her that he lost it and she begins to call the station to get other police officers to the building. Dexter assertively says, “No” and the situation seems to get tense as the first two minutes of the first episode in Season 7 ends. Other sneak peaks make Dexter seem as if he is starting to lose all sanity, as if he will be completely incapable of controlling himself in certain situations to come. One sneak peak acts as a window to Dexter’s thoughts when Dexter thinks to himself about things to come, “The only thing worse than not knowing what she’ll do (Deb), is not knowing what I’ll do. Maybe a monster is all I am.”
There are so many question left unanswered that will be answered in the coming season. How will Deb reconcile her issues with Dexter? Will Deb still love Dexter? Will Deb be able to keep quiet about what she has learned about Dexter’s secret life? Will Dexter be able to control his inner demons or will they be unleashed? Who will Dexter kill next? Will anyone else find out about Dexter online? All of these questions will, hopefully, be answered in season 7. Considering that there are still two seasons remaining, everyone’s questions may not be answered right away.
What everyone does know is that the series producers initiated a story-arc in season 6 that would last until the end of the series. In an interview with TV Guide, Scott Buck, Dexter’s executive producer, said, “We always imagined that Deb finding out would be part of the end game, so we always sort of delayed it. When we came in this year, David Nevins [said], ‘Lets shake things up. We don’t have the play it safe. We can think a little bit differently this year.’ We decided it was finally time to deal with this head-on. There’s still plenty of drama to come after this, but we know we have two seasons left to do and there’s more than enough for us to deal with in the next two years just dealing with this one particular issue.” Dexter’s plotline will be intertwined with this issue for the next two years which makes viewers wonder, how much more can be revealed and how much more can possibly develop? Buck seems to indicate that although Deb has seen Dexter in action she may not know the whole story just yet; Deb is going to believe that craziness just happened and that her dear brother Dexter could never be a serial killer. In fact, Buck says just that, “She sees what she sees and we all know exactly what she’s seeing, but how much does that really say about Dexter online and what does Deb already know about him? This is her brother, who she’s known her whole life. To walk into a situation like this, you’re not going to immediately think, ‘Oh, my brother is a serial killer.’ You’re going to think, ‘Oh, my brother is killing DDK. This is crazy and insane.’ She’s taken the first peek behind the curtain, but it’s not necessarily daylight just yet.” It will be interesting to see how individual episodes can generate individuality and drama that will be able to enhance the underlying rising action that the entire series is undergoing as it approaches a real climax.
Overall, Dexter Season 7 episode 1 is going to be thrilling. It is going to answer questions that were otherwise unanswered. It is going to entertain and above all, it is going to be more dramatic than any season previous. Whether one is an avid lover of Dexter or someone new to the series, this season is going to entertain and show serious change to its characters and is not a season to be missed. Open up that guide, find Dexter Season 7 premiere date and click record because there is going to be action that you are not going to be able to not watch. Get ready America, because Dexter is coming back, and his quiet, secretive life is about to be lit up like the nighttime sky on the 4th of July.