Dexter fans have been waiting with baited breath to see what will happen to their favorite serial killer – after the shocking events of the fourth season finale (at least, if the 400+ comments for our finale review are any indication). With less than a month until the fifth season premieres, fans are looking for something, anything, to give them an indication of what’s to come.

While the season 5 trailer had our blood pumping (bad pun?), the first promo didn’t quite hit the mark. Thankfully, Showtime has come to the rescue and released sixteen images from the first two episodes of Dexter Season 5. Starting with the aftermath of the Trinity Killer and ending with Dexter’s newest “discovery” (or victim), these photos allow fans to somewhat piece together the pacing of the new season. Well, the first two episodes, at least.

From the looks of it, the first episode will predominantly be focused on Rita’s death and funeral. While that might sound like a more somber episode, remember that Dexter has to deal with Cody and Astor as they discover what happened to their mother – with Quinn looking to pin Rita’s death on him (let’s just hope that with all that finger pointing Quinn doesn’t go the way of Doakes (still miss him).

Of course, if Dexter is anything, he’s motivated. So, by the second episode, it looks as if he’s back to his old stomping ground – hunting down bad guys and adding them to his “collection.”

…and then there’s the oil barrel.

Check out the images below:

I’m still not quite sure what to make of the oil barrel but it doesn’t look like the handy work of our dear Dexter Morgan. Perhaps this will be the introduction of the “big bad” (that’s what Dexter producers call the bad guy) for season 5. Well, the first mini-“big bad” since the producers have already stated there won’t just be a single nemesis this season – more like two or three.

Perhaps this is for the best since it’ll be hard to top John Lithgow’s amazing performance as the Trinity Killer in Season 4.

If that’s not enough Dexter to help tide you over, make sure to keep an eye on Screen Rant as we’ve got interviews with executive producers Sara Colleton and John Goldwyn coming up in the next few weeks.

Dexter season 5 premieres Sunday, September 26 @10pm on Showtime.

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