Is this the final season of “Dexter”?
—Emile Twargowski, Issaquah, Wash.
Yes. Showtime announced that season eight is a wrap for “Dexter,” but then, who actually believed when it premiered that a show with a serial killer as its “good guy” could last this long?
The final outing should be an interesting one, because Dexter (Michael C. Hall, 42) has always had his sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter, 33) in his corner, but Deb isn’t dealing well with the fact that she shot Lt. LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez, 48) in last season’s finale to protect her brother. In fact, she goes so far as to say, “I shot the wrong person in that trailer.”
And she isn’t the only one that is starting to unravel. Dexter, too, admits, “I have always been a very neat monster, but lately the truth has begun to spill, and too many people have seen the full picture. I am losing control and the only thing I know for sure is it isn’t going to be pretty.”
With that as the tone for its final season, “Dexter” has added several new characters to help tie up the story. British actress Charlotte Rampling is playing Dr. Evelyn Vogel, a neuro-psychiatrist who assists law enforcement agencies by profiling criminals. The character of Jacob Elroy, played by Sean Patrick Flanery, is also new. Elroy is a former cop who owns his own detective agency. As yet, it is unclear what his role will be.
In addition, Bethany Joy Lenz will have a recurring role as Cassie, a finance executive who is Dexter’s new next-door neighbor. Also, this season will see the return of Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah, the woman Dexter thought he loved, who was last seen escaping from prison.
The final verdict for Dexter remains to be seen, but Hall has a unique take on it. He recently said in an interview, “If he is going to die, he should die funny.”