Showtime Renews ‘Dexter’ for Seasons 7 & 8; Possible Series Finale

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm,

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What to know what happens next? ‘Dexter’ Season 7 Details Revealed

Despite some ups and downs, Showtime’s Dexter continues to be a ratings hit and critical darling for the subscription network. While certain aspects of the fan-favorite series are less cohesive, and subsequently less entertaining, than others – there’s no doubt the trials, tribulations, and murders of Miami Metro’s “blood guy” continue to captivate audiences.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that Dexter has been renewed for at least two more season arcs – meaning fans will get to enjoy another 24 episodes of watching Michael C. Hall explore the battle between his onscreen counterpart’s growing humanity and ever-present Dark Passenger.

Dexter season 7, alone, was reported to be in jeopardy a little over a month ago – as Hall and his representatives were pushing for $1 million per Dexter episode ($24 million total for two seasons) and Showtime wasn’t interested in going above a combined $20 million total. As we previously reported, even the $20 million figure would make Hall one of the most highly-paid actors on television.

However, while the Showtime press release doesn’t (of course) address the actor’s compensation, Hall and the network have worked out a deal – as Dexter has been renewed for two more seasons. According to Showtime president of entertainment, David Nevins:

“The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape. Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I’m excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out.”

Deadline caught-up with Nevins following the announcement, who clarified that the network’s negotiations with Hall weren’t nearly as difficult as we might have been led to believe – adding that the team has a plan for a three-year arc (which includes the current season):

“It’s been a pretty simple negotiation, and Michael C. Hall has been incredibly gentlemanly throughout the whole process. 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. Once we established that, this became a very simple negotiation, which went down pretty quickly.”

While this season of Dexter hasn’t been the series’ strongest narrative showing, there’s no doubt that with a few “kill of the week” episodes, a number of especially bizarre serial murders, and Hall’s compelling performance as the titular character, season six has (so far) offered a strong continuation of the over-arching storyline.

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Despite the “3-year trajectory,” Nevins also asserts that, while it’s a possibility, season eight isn’t guaranteed to be the series’ endpoint:

“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.”

However, with Dexter becoming increasingly “Human” – not to mention Deborah’s near-miss discovery of her brother’s killer instinct last season – it’ll be especially interesting to see how the show runners keep things moving in the series or, should season eight be the last installment, how they intend to wrap-up Dexter’s story.

Can there be a happy ending for dearly devoted Dexter Morgan?

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Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9PM on Showtime.

Source: Deadline

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  1. YAY! That is all :D

  2. *ugh*
    I hope that will be the end, so they can try to end it on a high note.
    Dexter isn’t a great show anymore, it’s alright, but the last two seasons (5 and 6 so far) have been pretty bad. If they can bring back the quality from season 1, 2 and 4 for the last two seasons, I will gladly watch it. But right now it’s like watching a trainwreck. The writing has been awful lately :(

    • This show needs to end’ Its getting sooo boreing, I lov dexter but really its the same thing, season 7 ok, but season 8? really? And what happen to the sences where he almost gets caought? they havnt shown 1 in long time, And if it does end i hope it doesnt end with happy ending,

    • funny you say that cus i think that it brought back season 1,2, and 4 they even got a new doakes brian came for an episode and trinty’s son. Also when he kills the toothe killer is good example the toothe killer sayin ur goin to b like me what dexter been not wanting since the beggining. This season is the most unique cus it reacts the bible.
      no im not religious. The quality is just as good if not better than all the other seasons. The show isnt as corny and i guess dramatic as 1 and 2 it’s more like the quality i been waitin for since the beggining waiting for dexter to start conquering his dark passenger. i rank dexter seasons 6,4,2,1,5,3 3 and 5 i didnt like as much because they were neccesary seasons 3 i think could have been way better but it was still good and 5 had to top his wife gettin killed by another girl who got it worse than rita so yea 5 coodve been skipped but its good i liked the finale a lot. Anyways season 6 the best

      • Your steady use of run on sentences makes your critique hard to read.

    • Paleese – I love Dexter. Best show on television. It can go on for 20 years and I wouldn’t get tired of it. The writers are brilliant.

      • Im with you. It keeps you guessing and you get to cheer on the bad guy, who does good things for all the right reasons

    • All they have to do to avoid a problem with the ‘Dexter being caught by his sister’ cliffhanger, is the same thing that happened with Deb. He was just dreaming after having already done away with Travis and having gotten wierd vibes from Deb earlier. That’s how dreams intertwine events of the day. I’m pretty grossed out at the whole incest thing everytone’s referring to with her revelation about her feelings about Dex, and yes it’s incest – blood related to each other or not if people automatically tie sex to love. She said she loves him not “I want to jump your bones”. That;s the trouble with society today. People have completely forgotten what love is, and with porn freakin’ everywhere, everyone thinks love = sex. That’s really gonna turn off a lot of people. I mean c’mom, aunt Deb now potentially mommy Deb to Dex’s kids????? Not sure what the writers are thinking but this is way too out there even for a serial killer show to the point of causing revulsion.
      Worst case ecenario if it’s not a dream is making De aware that Harry (Debs blood father) made Dexter what he is, so how can she blame Dexter for doing what she herself she would do again regaring putting a bullet in the head of a bad guy and not even feeling anything??? That’s obviously part of the buildup to her catching Dex in the act.

    • sorry but you have no taste in really good tv shows if you dont like Dexter. I have a funny feeling his best in yet to come

  3. best show on tv!

  4. Coming from someone who didn’t think last season was that bad, this season has def picked up in terms of the overall story. Last episode was a blast, I’m really glad that they brought Jonah and the whole Trinity killer aspect back for an episode. I think that these next few episodes will revolve around the Doomsday killer and closing out that story arc.
    As for the show’s 2 season renewal, I think that its def a good money making strategy but also think that the quality of episodes and the interest of the fans will take a dip. The show should have been wrapping up this season imo…how many more times can dexter evade everyone? I think to keep the interest for next season going th writers should give us another cliffhanger…have Deb catch Dex killing (in his ritualistic form) at the end of the season…that will def leave every1 at the edge of their seats

    • Dexter is one of my favorite shows on television by far, having said that this season has had its ups and downs and in my opinion the last episode titled “nebraska” was one of the worst ive seen. To me it was just a waste of an episode. Hope it picks up from there! Glad to know they’ll be bringing back the show for atleast two more seasons though thats for sure!

  5. i believe we should go BACK to the books and get this ball rolling. Deb finds out, hell maybe even bring Doakes back to stalk Dexter. The books give some very good ideas on directions the show should go

    • Bring Doakes back? They killed him in the second season

  6. am i the only one who is a little shocked that dexter never “sees” Rita they way he sees his dad and brian/rudy.. dnt get me wrong i love the show but i really hate the way things turned out for rita and seems like dexter doesnt even think about how a he in a way killed cody and astor’s dad , b got their mom killed , just seems like he would have more guilt about that .. an innocent woman is dead .. these kids are not parent less … and also to me dexters hobbying of killing people is becoming more like a pain in the ass .. he causes him all sorts of problems .. wouldnt he just stop doing it .. or not do it as much .. he obviously doesnt have to kill everyday .. but sometimes the show makes it seem like if its his job when in actuallity in the real world if your hobby becomes that much of a pain in the ass you stop doing it … just my two cents im just touching on some things that irk me but dont get me wrong i still have watched and will conintue to watch every single episode ..

    • Victor, I think the whole of season 5 dealt with Dexter’s guilt and loss over Rita’s death and a resolution of his relationship issues with Astor & Cody. And killing is not simply a hobby for him.

    • He’s a serial killer – you know, no conscience and all that. Killing is not a hobby, it’s a compulsion. He can’t just stop doing “it”. Besides, if he did there wouldn’t be anymore shows.

  7. I also dont really like the way that Rita’s character has been played out these past two seasons. I feel that Dexter should have been more emotionally vested in the relationship they had and that this relationship was the biggest stepping stone towards Dexter having normal human emotions.

  8. I think that this is a brilliant show and i am so glad to hear that it has been renewed for another two seasons. The thing is words like “emotionally vested” and “guilt” shouldn’t be used for Dexter. He is a serial killer. Killing isn’t his hobby and he can’t stop, it’s in his nature, its a compulsion, he has to kill. Besides if they stopped the killing then the show would be over – it’s about a serial killer.

  9. I want Dexter to almost get caught an find out more about his mom and his dad and that girl lumen to come back she gets him and like the others have said focus on Rita i know she is dead but killing her out the show was dumb and please find Debb a man or woman her and maria lol

  10. I’m so excited. I thought the sixth season was the end but now it’s two more seasons it seems. Whow, go Dexter!

  11. ho dexter. may it never end!!!

    • I’m with you, Lila and John!!!! I look so forward to that one night a week.

  12. Dexter is the best show out for me. I’m real happy they renewed it for another 2 seasons. Also i like season 6 the most. SEASON 6 REACTS THE BIBLE!!! no i’m not religious but its raw watchin it cus its like that, and helps progress dexter too. Also this season is the only one that incorporates people from past seasons other than Harry and his mom. i mean it’s just great how they brought back brian for an episode not too much or too little and the same with trinity’s son. perfect times too for helping dexter progress. Those saying it isnt good or even ok are being a lil ignorant in my opinion. It’s like i was sayin to my friend season 1-5 is the goin to be the first half and now its confirmed to at least season 8. When u find out gellar is dead and is like harry is to dexter to travis that was more of a twist than anything, even finding out trinitys daughter was the reporter. Season 6 is the best and another thing not to spoil but keep an eye out for the new guy.( batistas sisters boyfriend) i hope i this makes it more enjoyable for evry1 cheers!

  13. Deb needs to die this season, right after she finds out about Dexter. Can’t wait for season 7. I think the video game geek is going to be season 7′s new killer – all in the name of researching his new “game”.

  14. Best show ever!!! I could watch Dexter everyday!! @Dani, I like that idea with the video game guy. so glad the show got renewed. I don’t ever want it to end!

  15. I love this show. This season is a lot different to previous ones. He is not killing in every episode. But I will always watch this show. Just hate waiting for the next season seems like a lifetime. I thought the same about The video game guy (can’t remember his name). As he said in his game you can be any serial killer so I think next season he will copy the way the serial killers killed there victims. 2 killers in Miami metro lol. And the guy is such a wizard on computers I think he will suspect dexter is a killer and he will see dexter is searching for killers that are not related to police work. Damn I’m sad I watch this show too much lol

  16. Louis Greene is brian mosers son spoiler alert

  17. Oh wow really. Damn I love this show so many twists

  18. I think a season 7 and 8 are necessary for wrapping up Dexter. Honestly I do not think it should go past 8. I think they need to change it up for the next two seasons. Rather than have another serial killer show up focus it more on Dexter’s personal kills and problems.

    For season 8 personally I think it would end perfecting with Dexter getting arrested for his killings. Imagine it Dexter gets caught some how in the early to mid season. Then through out the season it shows Dexter in jail waiting to be tried. Focus on how his murders affect his family and everyone at Miami Metro. The reactions of everyone towards it and essentially end it with Dexter getting a lethal injection.

    I’d love to see Dexter get away with it for ever as well, but I think this would make the ending so much more dramatic and intense.

    Thoughts anyone?

  19. I think Dexter is a great show. When I read that there will be another 7th possibly 8th season of it, I have to say it just brought me plain joy. The show should play itself out and as far as the *general* story that summarize all of the seasons till now of Dexter, it should go out with a blast. Personally I don’t think you should think about how it will all end. “Dexter being caught” “He’ll get away” w/e, instead focus what’s going on right now.

    The thoughts of an ending I’ve read so far are truly amusing but I hope you’re all wrong and the show will go out with something unpredicted, *relate* That’s always what Dexter does, something unpredictable! Gotta love this show.

  20. I honestly think this is the best show ever. The writers are great. I have read the neg comments towards where the seasons are going and to be honest i dont see anything wrong or boring with it. The writers cannot have the same show or same story line season after season. The character is growing and changing and us as viewers we get the chance to see how it happens. I look foward to seeing how the show will end.

  21. Fkin awesome!!! Best show ever. Dex is so sexy, I’ll watch him forever to come. Nice on 7&8!!!!! Yay yay!!!!!!!!

  22. So excited. I can’t get enough Dexter:)

  23. just watched dexter almost die in an explosion, debra thinks she loves dexter, travis knows who he is, computer geek has the hand and is mailing it to dexter’s house, sneek peek shows travis in dexter’s house and getting his kid… GENIUS! soooooo suspenseful, i wish i could watch the finale right now! best show invented, could watch it till i die! if it ends soon i hope it the most explosive and unpredictable ending on television. although people critisize it, they still watch it proving that theyre hooked and don’t wanna admit it. Long Live Dexter Morgan!

    • PS: I am thrilled they’re going on for an additional 2 seasons!!!

  24. I think Season 6 is the best season so far. Considering I watched the first season all the way through and did not watch it again until a month ago when I caught up on all the seasons. I think they all have been entertaining but the one when he tells the guy about what he does (can’t remember his name) and Rita worked for his Wife etc was alright but could have been better. I think the only thing is that Rita actually having Rita in the show spoiled it. Don’t get me wrong I love her in Buffy etc but she was to quiet spoken and had baggage and I think we should have seen him with someone more his type like that annoying English woman who was totally right for him until she got all fatal attraction. I just did not warm to Rita. The first date made her look desperate and I guess she was as looking after children is hard but he bailed on her and I remember thinking the relationship seems fake like did not mean much to him. I think it did towards the end as he was upset when she died but not totally smitten. He loved her like a sister but was not in love with her plus she gave him his ultimate cover. The story with Quinn having doubts seemed to have died and I would have liked to see Quinn take more action as to much went on for him to ignore it. Plus he was seeing his sister so I guess he dropped it but now they split it would be nice for him to get the doubts back. Then again it don’t end well for doakes and I like Quinn and hope he’s here until it ends. Some eye candy I guess. I know Hall and Carpenter have a relationship offset but it’s to gross for even half siblings to go further. It made very uncomfortable viewing but it was interesting at the same time. I could talk all day about dexter now I have gotten into it again and I even paid a small fortune for the Showtime sdcc dexter toiletries bag you see him on the show with obviously without the dexter logo on it. You get lip balm and other cosmetics in it. I will treasure it forever as well as the trading cards lol. I’m becoming a dexter maniac like I am with Supernatural. Ok time to go once I talk Supernatural then I really don’t stop. See ya folks can’t wait until the season finale.

  25. its great cant wait looking forwards to it get a move on im dieing to see season 7 and 8 cant wait till sunday for last episode season 6!

  26. i have watched them all over and over thanks its brill

  27. SUPER EXCITED THAT SEASON 6 WON’T BE THE LAST. I ACTUALLY JUST STARTED WATCHING THE SHOW ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO AND I WAS IN FEAR THAT JUST WHEN I FOUND IT, SHOWTIME WOULD TAKE IT AWAY! JUST LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ON DEMAND I CAME ACROSS DEXTER, I HAD HEARD OF IT BEFORE BUT NEVER WATCHED IT. LONG STORY SHORT I WATCHED IT, AND LOVED IT, AS A MATTER OF FACT I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT BACK AND WATCHED ALL OF THE PREVIOUS SEASONS TO CATCH UP, NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM NOW A DIE HARD DEXTER FAN, I COULDN’T BELIEVE I HAD BEEN MISSING THIS SHOW ALL THIS TIME!!!

    • WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME?

  28. THIS SEASON IS DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS SEASONS, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT INVOLVES RELIGION, BUT ALSO IT SHOWS HOW MUCH DEXTER HAS CHANGED AND HOW MUCH HIS “DARK PASSENGER” IS SLOWLY STARTING TO LOSE CONTROL. I LOVE THE TWIST THEY PUT ON DEBORAH MORGAN POSSIBLY BEING “IN LOVE” WITH DEXTER, ITS KIND OF ONE OF THOSE THING THAT’S OBVIOUS BUT JUST NOT BEARABLE. I BELIEVE THE NEW GUY THATS WORKING UNDER MUSUKA IS SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO DEXTER AND KNOW “WHAT HE IS”….HE MAY EVEN BE TIED TO RUDY (ICE TRUCK KILLER), WE NEVER REALLY KNEW WHAT KIND OF LIKE RUDY HAD AFTER HARRY FOUND THEM, WHETHER OR NOT HE HIMSELF WAS ADOPTED AND PERHAPS HAD A YOUNGER BROTHER!….ITS SO MANY WAYS THIS SEASON COULD END AND LEAVE SOOO MANY OPENING FOR SEASONS 7 & 8. AND IM EAGER TO SEE HOW DEBORAH WILL DEAL WITH HER NEW FOUND FEELINGS FOR DEX AND HER LACK OF RESPECT FOR LAGUERTA WHO WILL PROBABLY SOON BE CAPTAIN!

  29. Are we positive there is indeed a Season 7 & 8??? I mean this would shock the hell out of everyone if Dex actually goes down in the Finale…

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