“There are some awfully big pills he’s asking her to swallow,” Dexter series star Michael C. Hall laughed to LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him at the TCAs in Los Angeles to talk about the seventh season of his serial killer drama.
In the very last few moments of season seven, Dexter was mid-kill with the season’s big bad when his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) walked in on him, ultimately learning who–and what– he really was. Will he lie about the circumstances to her; will he try to bring her into his world to make her understand; or will he run– before or after silencing her, too? These are the questions the Dexter season premiere answers, but the problems presented are far from over in one episode.
“It fundamentally changes [their dynamic], though Dexter is such a master of compartmentalization and such a matter of fact person in terms of his relationship to what he does that he wonders why Deb doesn’t just say ‘Well, I know more about you now, and that connects some dots for me, and now we can just move on.’ That’s his fantasy of what her response would be,” Hall explained the events that come in the season premiere.
“It’s a relief and yet simultaneously a huge problem and a real bear for [them both] to wrestle with…It’s certainly one of the shadows that’s looming. He has other, more traditional big bads to deal with, but I think the big thing to negotiate is her and their relationship and what she’s going to do with this information.”
Dexter season seven as a whole will take a new look at Dexter and Deb’s relationship as we have known it over the years by introducing new flashbacks to their childhood dynamic, as well. By getting new insight into Young Debra and Young Dexter and both their relationships with Harry (James Remar), Hall pointed out that Debra will have to deal with the fact that perhaps more signs were there than she wanted to acknowledge.
“Actually it’s in the second episode, but she has a line, something to the effect of ‘I am the worst detective in the world. You’re my brother, and how did I…’” Hall smiled. “Just as there’s a sense of horror and relief for Dexter saying ‘Yes, I’m doing this; this is who I am,’ I think there’s a degree of horror and relief for her. A lot of her sort of gnawing ‘What is that feeling I have about my childhood and Dexter and dad?’– all of those questions are kind of answered. So there’s a sense of relief, even if it’s bitter relief.”
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Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter talk Season 7 of ‘Dexter,’ will it end after the eighth season? (Video)Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Showtime’s Dexter is a massive hit, but will it extend beyond an eighth season?
While at the Television Critics Association’s press tour this week, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter defended the show that received less praise than usual after its sixth season.
“Whatever your opinion about the ranking the seasons, Dexter is never more compelling than when he is in trouble,” Hall said, Entertainment Weekly reports. “And he’s never been in deeper trouble than he is now.”
The trouble Hall is referring to is the shocking ending to the show’s sixth season (SPOILER ALERT) that featured Carpenter’s character discovering Hall’s Dexter killing someone.
Added Carpenter, “If you had asked that question before we shot a single frame this season, it might have hurt my feelings … I’m really excited about showing you what we’ve done.”
Hall continued on about the seventh season saying Carpenter catching him in the act “fundamentally changes [their dynamic] … it’s a relief and yet simultaneously a huge problem and a real bear for [them both] to wrestle with,. He has other, more traditional big bads to deal with, but I think the big thing to negotiate is her and their relationship and what she’s going to do with this information.”
“I have been looking forward to it,” said Carpenter, Access Hollywood reports. “I’ve been very curious about how they would write it and also terrified about it… All of the anxiety I’m feeling as an actor is exactly where Deborah is supposed to be.”
While it’s been discussed that the eighth season will likely mark the end of Dexter, Showtime’s President of Entertainment isn’t ruling anything out.
“We finished the first season and I thought we should probably just stop, [like], ‘What are we gonna do now?’ I would never say never, but I think the sense is that we’re moving toward a definitive end,” he said.
Check out the trailer for Season 7:
“The pieces were always there. She was just too close to see them. Can they keep everything from falling apart?” That’s the tease in Showtime’s latest “Dexter” promo that brings us up to speed on Debra’s close encounter in the season finale of season 6.
As previously reported, Yvonne Strahovski will play Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she’s struggled to put behind her. As Miami Metro reopens old cases, the department turns to her for assistance as Michael C. Hall’s Dexter Morgan begins to wonder if there’s more to Hannah than what she reveals. Katia Winter will play a Russian stripper who works at a Miami club and joins Season 7 newbies Jason Gedrick — who will play the manger of the same Miami strip club — and Ray Stevenson, who has been cast as the leader of a Russian organized crime syndicate.
Head inside to check out the promo. “Dexter” returns Sunday, September 30 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.
While it is certainly the job of a network executive to hype up the content that is coming up on your show, that doesn’t mean that he has to be enthusiastic about it. Based on what Showtime head David Nevins is saying about the upcoming season of “Dexter,” though, it looks like we are going to have plenty to be excited about.
Speaking in a brand-new interview with TheWrap on the subject of Michael C. Hall earning yet another Emmy nomination for his role as the title character, Nevins raved about the story that is going to lead off with how Deb reacts to the news that Dexter killed Travis Marshall:
“The great thing was that Michael C. Hall still gets nominated among the six best actors on television. … The upcoming season the show is I think completely revitalized. I expect it’s going to rock some people when it comes out in the fall. The next two seasons of ‘Dexter,’ it’s on a pretty ferocious path.”
We already know at least about some of the twists that are coming up this season — LaGuerta is going to try and re-open the Bay Harbor Butcher case based on some new evidence, Dexter is going to be assisted by a mysterious woman named Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), and there is also going to be a killing inside of a gentleman’s club that leads to an intensive investigation. Jason Gedrick and Ray Stevenson are two of the notable guest stars who are going to be appearing as a result.
Do Nevins’ words make you more excited about season 7, or is part of you hesitant at this point based on all of the hype that surrounded what was at the end of the day a disappointing season 6? If you want to hear some more comments from Strahovski about her role, be sure to check out the story over here.
Double the Dexter, double the drama. Showtime has released two new promos for the upcoming seventh season.
Both trailers feature Deb and Dexter, writhing around under black sheets — in separate beds, thankfully.
As Dexter considers Deb’s reaction to discovering his Dark Passenger, the siblings’ suggestive movements remind viewers of the other big plot twist last season — will Deb continue to have romantic feelings toward her brother now that she knows the truth?
Or even more troubling, will Dexter even allow her to live that long?
“The only thing worse than not knowing what she’ll do is not knowing what I’ll do,” Dexter muses.