‘Dexter’ Final Season Details Revealed; Showrunners Promise Satisfying Ending

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 7th, 2013 at 6:16 am,

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The following post contains MILD SPOILERS for Dexter season 8 (as well as MAJOR SPOILERS for seasons 1 – 7). If you are not caught-up on the show or are sensitive to potential spoilers proceed with caution!

Less than one month remains before Dexter returns to Showtime for its eighth season and the cable network has been kept very busy promoting the highly-anticipated final chapter of the Bay Harbor Butcher story. In addition to introducing new cast members with very important roles this season, Dexter season 8 will also tie-up loose ends and character arcs that the showrunners have been planning for over two years. Anyone who has been following the series for the last couple seasons will remember that the Dexter writers and producers set an end date for the series – initiating long-term arcs that stretch back into season 6.

Now, with only 12 episode of the show left to go, we’ve got new details on where the story will pick-up (following the shocking events of the season 7 finale) as well as how the final Dexter Morgan story will tie all the way back to the character’s humble serial killer beginnings.

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The EW report casually mentions a lot of interesting elements that have yet to be fully revealed in the trailers and featurettes that Showtime has already released. While it was clear in the first official season 8 clip, featuring a confrontation between Dexter and Debra, that time had passed – we now know it’s been a full six months since the events of the season 7 finale. In that time, Debra has left the Miami Metro force to work for private eye Jacob Elroy (played by Sean Patrick Flanery) – and is debilitated by guilt over her choice to protect Dexter by killing Captain María LaGuerta in cold blood. Previous trailers and marketing materials have proven the two are not on good terms and that Debra’s regret (and subsequent self-destruction) could result in serious implications for Dexter’s serial-killer lifestyle.

For months, we’ve also pored over the character Dr. Evelyn Vogel (played by Charlotte Rampling), who joins the cast as a neuropsychiatrist. Recent behind-the-scenes videos have shown that Vogel is brought into the Miami Metro fold to help investigate new “Big Bad” The Brain Surgeon (known for removing a piece of each victims’ brain). Still, the EW report goes one step further – revealing that not only is Vogel in Miami to help find The Brain Surgeon, she also has ties to Dexter’s past – and is actually the person responsible for helping Harry Morgan design “The Code” that would help Dexter control his deadly urges.

The report also mentions the return of Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), which was previously confirmed by the actress, though it remains unclear if the former love-interest will be friend or foe this time. Could Hannah be the one to finally put Dexter down? Rampling recently stated that fans will be “very bereaved at the end” – suggesting that a Dexter (or Debra) Morgan death might be a very real possibility. However, nothing is certain, given that we still have twelve episodes left – leaving plenty of time to watch the drama unfold.

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Still, the Dexter filmmakers claim that the wait will be worth it. Promising a satisfying conclusion to the series’ story, showrunner Scott Buck said, “It feels like the exact ending we should be doing. Ideally it will make our audience sit back and see Dexter a little more clearly than before. It should absolutely make sense to everybody watching it.

Similarly, executive producer Sara Colleton stated that the purpose of the finale is to complete the story – not leave the audience shocked (and confused), “It won’t feel like a ‘What the f- – -?’ We know we have the right ending, we just have to execute it correctly. There’s no emotional investments that aren’t going to be resolved.

Let us know how you think the final season of Dexter should be “resolved” by voting in our poll below:

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Dexter season 8 premieres on Showtime on June 30th, 2013.

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  1. ive not been watching much tv… ive only just started with the game of thrones and after that i plan on watching either lost or the waking dead. ive heard alot of good things about thsi show so i will watch this after those.

    • Good idea. Start from the first episode and by each season they get better and better. Season 5 and 6 were good, but not as great as the other seasons. Season 6 was a step in the right direction.

    • And if you like Lost, I’ll recommend Person Of Interest.

    • If you don’t watch TV, then it’s important to start with light comedies first, before you get into the deep dark twisted stuff. Baby steps.
      I would recommend Seinfeld and Friends before you get into intense dramas. So stay away from GoT until you can handle serious TV viewing.

  2. I really dont want dex to die although he is highly likely to at the end of the season

  3. I like seeing characters I like live but I just dont see any way they end this show with him alive and free.

    I wanted to see Vic in teh Shield get away and he did but lost everything, I wanted to see Tony live and be ok with his family in Sopranos, I hope Walt White ends well but that probably wont happen either.

    Same with Dexter, I root for him to live and be free and continue to raise his son and kill bad guys but they have to end the show and the only way to do that is have Deb/Hanna kill him or he gets caught. Getting caught seems like a weak way to end it, he is gonna die the question is how and by who?

  4. What did i say?? I totally called it.

    (And Checkers Too)
    Jun 05 – 10:32 pm
    Shes not going to. I bet u she needs dexters help. She was proably the one that help dexters dad with writing the code and now she needs dexter to find someone that has been hunting her.

  5. The Deb storyline sounds promising to me.
    Based off what we’ve learned about her over the years her breakdown after killing LaGuerta and leaving the force makes sense and that opens the door for Batista to return to Miami-Metro.
    Even though I’ve been keeping up to date I keep forgetting that the season starts so soon.
    It’s going to be great watching the final seasons of Dexter and Breaking Bad at the same time.

  6. Killing Dex would be a cheap ending.

  7. Dexter will have to kill Debra to escape and survive. I bet thats how it ends. So he will go on to continue killing. But he’s going to have to kill deb first… Just my guess.

  8. Dexter will have a face off with Deb, both will have guns, both will shoot, both will die facing each other in death, that is how I see the ending,,,,,,a real shocker!

  9. Imagine if Dex go to prison , and then we get some kind of Silence of the Lambs story line ?

    • Max – That would be brilliant!

  10. What if Deb and Dexter get together after all and run? That would be a pretty twisted ending. 😀

  11. Dexter will sacrifice himself for Debra. Either by death or surrendering himself o the authorities. He loves Debra. He feels so guilty that Debra is now involved in his ways.
    But, Ido think that Dex & Deb will join forces to get Hannah…..
    Can’t wait for this season…….

    • I think that when it comes down to his urges and Debra, he can fight them…to a certain extent. He’d let Debra go down if it meant no more kills forever.

  12. I’m surprised that the choice of Dexter left running free at the end is the number one choice.

    Dexter needs to own up to his crimes for his character arc to be a satisfying ending for me.

    • My take is not so much own up for his crimes because his crime really are being judge, jury, and exacutioner of real monsters, but to come about full circle and bring closure to his being.

      Dexter has changed over the years. Remember season one when he was first with Rita because she was damaged and really didn’t want any deeper feelings between them? He went into that because it gave him cover since he was unable to feel for others. Since that time he’s changed quite a bit and feels a lot for his family…Including Rita’s childern from the ex husband. It’s pretty difficult to continue to be a murduring socialpath if you develope feelings of love, concern and a need to protect others.

      Dexter’s time is up regardless how much good he’s doing by getting rid of monsters. He’s virtually lost his way. We’ve seen him go from being a very calculated serial killer who never made mistakes to a killer who often does things on the cuff (Granted there’s no other choice sometimes) So his time is up. The question is…Will he be able to go to the grave with no more knowing he’s a killer, or will all be exposed? My guess is in the end he’ll get some heros burial a a peace officer killed in the line of duty.