[THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR DEXTER SPOILERS!!!]
In the Dexter season 7 finale, audiences were shocked as Debra killed LaGuerta to protect her brother from capture. But what happens next? Will Dexter and Debra get away with murder? Fortunately, there’s no need to wait until next year, because executive producer Scott Buck reveals what fans can expect to see when the series returns next year, as well as what, exactly, is going to happen as a result of the death of Maria LaGuerta.
Speaking with TV Guide and The Hollywood Reporter, Buck opens up about the planning of Dexter season 8, how Dexter’s origins will be explored, the (possible) return of Hannah McCay (Yvonne Strahovski), how next season’s big bads could change everything, and much more:
“There’s so much of this season we’ve seen Deb try to cover for Dexter and lie for Dexter and gradually going down a darker and darker path. But I don’t think she or Dexter ever imagined it would suddenly take this turn. We didn’t want to shy away from what it means to cover up for a serial killer. We just took it as far as we possibly could.
It’s definitely a turning point for the two of them and that’s going to be a lot of what we explore in Season 8. This is going to have a huge effect on both of them. They’re not just bonded in their complicated brother-sister relationship anymore. Now, it’s imbued with this tragedy they both share.”
“He might have to make a few quick changes there, but this is someone who has covered up a lot and is a forensics expert and will know how to deal with this — especially if you’re the forensics expert on the scene collecting the evidence and interpreting the evidence.”
“At this point, we’re not following that story line in a big way. Towards the end of Season 7, no one was believing anything that LaGuerta was saying about this and it looked like Dexter has effectively put that to rest.”
“Dexter is so smart about it. He handled LaGuerta better than anyone possibly could have. Ultimately, it was a very tragic way, but I think he was able to divert everyone’s attention away from him at this point, so I think when we begin next season, he’s in the clear.”
“I think he’s going to have very complicated feelings when we come back to him this next season. I think he might feel worse for what he’s done to Deb than for what happened to LaGuerta. He’s killed so many people that adding one more that is outside the code so dramatically is fairly big deal to him, but I don’t think anything is as important to him as his sister and the effect that he as on her.”
“I think that will cause him to examine exactly why he kills. He did a kill in Episode 10 that was completely outside the code that was done for love to protect Hannah. So he’s willing to step outside the code; he’s just doing it in a more mature way and accepting responsibility for what he does, rather than just simply blaming it on some Dark Passenger within him. The code is something that’s always been very valuable to him and I don’t think he’s going to step away from it.”
“Knowing who Deb is, this is going to be a very difficult thing for her to deal with. She’s not at all like Dexter; she’s not a killer like Dexter is — she’s just the opposite. She’s someone who believes in good so I think this is obviously going to be something very difficult for her to try and process and deal with.”
“We’ve heard Harry’s version of what happened and we’ve seen some flashbacks, but I think we can widen the scope of that and see that Dexter had a slightly different beginning than even he imagined. I think it became a very interesting story and it’s not just flashbacks, but it’s how all of that impacts and affects his life as it is now. It’s not just looking backwards; it’s actually very much moving forward in an interesting way.”
“I think Dexter has far exceeded anything that Deb may have done to her, so if Hannah comes back for anyone, I think it’s going to be Dexter first and Deb would just be an afterthought.”
“Hopefully Yvonne will return, but we’re also talking about a couple other big characters who will have a huge affect on Dexter next year.”
“If the plan that we’re starting to incorporate now goes through, it will be a very different type of big bad than we’ve ever seen before. It’ll be someone unlike anything we’ve seen in Dexter’s life before.”
“The fact that the warrants were still on her desk meant that they had not yet been filed.”
“When you examine any serial killer, there are only so many endings you can have and serial killer’s don’t generally end on a happy note.”
Dexter Season 8 premieres in 2013 on Showtime.