‘Dexter’ Season 8 Confirmed as End of Series – No Season 9

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After months of contradictions regarding the future of Showtime’s hit series, CBS Corp. president Les Moonves confirmed this week that Dexter will come to an end after season 8. But even with news coming from the top, is there still a chance that everyone’s favorite Dark Passenger could return for season 9?

While speaking at the Access Media, Internet & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, CBS Corp.’s longtime boss referred to this year’s June premiere of Dexter as the “last season.” Although this news goes against what Showtime president David Nevin has been saying, it does fall in line with what producers of the show have been saying for over a year.

In December 2011, Nevin kicked-off the final season confusion, saying that the show’s writers and producers were already working on a way to bring Dexter to an end in season 8. As we now know, Nevin’s initial comments were a result of an agreement he made with producers to push the final season of Dexter to season 8 instead of season 7, which was the original plan. One month later, Nevin began trumpeting the possibility of a Dexter season 9. It wasn’t until June 2012 that Dexter producers finally weighed in on what’s really happening.

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Five months after Nevin’s comments, longtime Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton revealed the fact that, after agreeing with Showtime to delay the final season by a year, the show would absolutely end in season 8:

From the very beginning, when I first started developing the pilot, I always knew it would be a seven-year arc for this series. I feel easily that we can be an eight-year show, but I never want it to get old and stale. I want us to go out on a high and everybody on the show is determined to keep the level of it up to the very end. It’s always wise to know when it’s time to leave the stage before you’re asked to leave the stage.

After Colleton made her comments, what followed was a series of back-and-forth, contradictory statements from Nevin and Colleton about the future of Dexter, essentially creating a confusing non-battle between the people who make the show and Showtime, the company that pays for the show. Considering Dexter was one of Showtime’s first to receive such high acclaim, it soon became obvious that the cable network didn’t want to let go of their golden goose, even if producers (and fans) knew that it was time to exit.

So what about the future of Dexter? Is season 9 still a possibility?

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Even though word came down from the head of CBS Corp., which owns Showtime, there’s still a slim chance that television’s trend of uncommon “sweetheart” deals (Charlie Sheen & FX; Robert Kirkman & FIC) could lead to Dexter returning for one more season. Although Dexter season 9 is highly unlikely, whatever events are likely to happen in the upcoming (now final) season will certainly draw fans – old and new – to the series, raising ratings. So with the possibility of being able to show the “aftermath” of whatever might happen in season 8, you can’t completely count out Showtime from continuing a good thing. After all, Nevin spoke about Dexter season 9 just two months ago.  

That being said, with Showtime set to roll out two new series, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, in the coming months (among other projects), it’s likely that Nevin and others will begin to focus on their other (hopefully) hit series and allow Dexter to exit as planned. But if there’s anything that seven seasons of Dexter has taught us, it’s that you can never guess what the Dark Passenger will do – or be “forced” to do – next.

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Dexter season 9 premieres Sunday, June 30 @9pm on Showtime

Source: Broadcast & Cable [via: Entertainment Weekly]

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  1. Please let there be a Season 9, im not ready to let go on this show.
    Actually affraid of watching next month because i knew the possibility of it ending i’m gonna flip sh*t if he dies.

    They should bring back Lumen for a Season 9 let them fall in love happy ending.

  2. Only a handful of great shows ever see episode 100. I would love to see Dexter be a part of that amazing club

  3. I want to see season 9 and 10/ stupid to stop at 8 one of the best shows going! Still! Maybe say quits after season 10 but definitely not now!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. why end it now ? This is where dexter and his sister become a team and both of them start slaying the bad ones would be fun

  5. I love Dex!

  6. Dont let Dexter end, its my favorite show!! I’m going to cry!

  7. NO!! Dexter should not end. The show needs 2 more seasons 9 and 10. This show is just getting interesting. I want to find out if Dexter will pass his skills on to Harrison.

    • Yes that how

  8. Dexter will never get old or stale because every episode is different and very exciting. Dexter is a show that should definitely stay. I look forward to watching it and will be very sad to see it end.

  9. I’m a new fan of Dexter I started liking it late into season 8 I’m not ready to give up this amazing show please I hope to god they don’t cancel the show I love it this is one of the best shows ever

  10. Season 8 should be final, dexters son should witnes and be left in a pool of his father’s blood.

    • Oooh, no you didn’t!

  11. Please this is my favorite show of all time. I will cry if this is the last season. Please think about making another season! Dexter is the best show ever made

  12. One of the best shows ever and really hope it comes back for more seasons and honestly feel that when it ends something inside me will die with it

    • Your Dark Passenger will Be lost, along with the shows 15000 other dark passengers:(

  13. omg, I just got into it on the 7th season episode 4…………….needless to say I acquired all seasons this last past month and already at season 7………………………..this show rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    yes deb and dex should tag team it, shock at the end of season 7….ohhh the decisions deb had to make!!!

  14. SHOWTIME PEEPS UPSTAIRS, U NEED TO LISTEN TO YOUR DARK PASSENGERS….(THE FANS!!!) MORE DEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I don’t think anyone wants this show to end! Please please keep it going, it’s my absolute favorite show of all time.

  16. I really would like two more season of Dexter to bring it to a end. I’ve just started watching Dexter and I’m only season 5. I love to see something where Deb and Dex kill together and he can final share his secret with someone he doesn’t have to kill.

  17. I agree to his words “It’s always wise to know when it’s time to leave the stage before you’re asked to leave the stage.”

    But i want it to go on, there’s still much they could do with the story.

  18. dont end it at season 8 its a stupid move!!!!

  19. I have been a loyal watcher since the beginning. For some people, this show should never end. For me, I think it’s time to end. Dexter’s time has come. Anything added now to extend this series would likely be a re-tool or re-hash of things that have already been covered. It’s been a great show and I will miss it.

  20. God please dont kill dexter even if this is the last season … on second thought please keep going with dexter … dont bore a hole into our hearts and end it.

  21. Omg I will have a freak attack if dexter is done after only 8 very short seasons there’s only 3 great tv shows on nowadays breaking bad , the walking dead and dexter. I’m getting kinda pissed at these people that make great tv shows then just kill them without even seeing how the fans feel about it.

  22. I’m not ready for the show to end. I’ve been a fan since the first season and I love it and will continue to support it as long as it runs. Season 9 heck yeah!!!!

  23. Please get rid of Dr. Vogel. She is completely boring. I’m so glad that Hannah is coming back. She is so hot!!! Please let Dexter die with dignity. I think his protege will take over in Season 9. Michael C. Hall is out! He wants to do something else. He’s a great actor. Can you blame him?

    • I think his protégé in last weeks episode is not very likable having a weird face and being written as a spoiled rich kid, the casting director should have picked a young Michael C. Hall replacement and got the writers to introduce him as already being a lab tech that has been trained in blood spatter analysis from a local Miami College. I don’t think he can carry season 9 if the show is extended. They should get one of the brothers from the Vampire Diaries to replace DEXTER if Michael wants to leave the show.

  24. “It’s always wise to know when it’s time to leave the stage before you’re asked to leave the stage.” I really hope they dont think their show is gunna die off like Weeds did. they could definitely pull off a season 10 and it wouldnt be dying off. like everyone’s saying, Dexter cannot simply just end when Deb is finally helping! I’ve been anticipating her being his sidekick for 7 seasons now! Why only have her help now?! For one season and call it quits?! Way to ruin it for the audiences.. im praying for season 9. lol

  25. DEXTER is the best show on cable TV and it should go onto at least season 9. I read that Michael C. Hall salary request of $1 million per episode has been the main reason for CBS and Showtime wanting to stop the show at season 8. I think if the ratings continue to soar to $3.5 million viewers that the salary increase will have been earned. I also think that the writers and producers have done a terrific job of creating so many twists and turns in season 8 that season 9 should happen. I really like the DEXTER character and how funny and sexy he is as a person in this crime series. Please consider extending DEXTER for several more years because their are so many bad guys to kill and so few good serial killers to do it.
    Another thought is to create a ‘spin off’ series using the same cast if Michael wants to leave the show for greener pastures. I like all the supporting cast members and DEXTER can train his replacement.

  26. yup, dexter pass his skills to harrison. Then son kill his father. Dexter ends.
    Next year, we start new season 1 call Harrison. :p

    • F YEAH, that’s a GREAT idea of starting a spin off series called “Harrison”! Brilliant.

  27. dexter series should continue for season 9 and 10! i mean why would anybody wants to end the best tv show ever made? i mean its a fuking password! gosh! get over it! i really cant control it, its my dark passenger! plzzzz dex dont end now!

  28. I love dexter please let the show go on. Let there be a season 9. The show is amazing and the actors are awesome, it’s to soon to stop the show. Amazing.

  29. Season 9 please !!!

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