‘Dexter’ Finale Story Arc Begins This Year; Series to End with Season 8

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 27th, 2012 at 8:34 pm,

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What is to become of Darkly Dreaming Dexter? While the future is still murky for TV’s favorite serial killer, one thing is for certain – the end is nearer than some might have thought.

Nearly two weeks after Showtime announced that Dexter would be returning for at least two more seasons, network president, David Nevins, has confirmed that the writers and producers are in the process of outlining an end date for the fan-favorite series – specifically that season six will set the stage for a season eight series finale.

Shortly after Showtime’s renewal announcement (which sewed-up contract negotiations with star Michael C. Hall), Nevins hinted that the showrunners were on-track with a “three year trajectory” (which included season six) that could potentially end with the series finale.

If Nevins’ comments at a recent network holiday party are to be believed, Dexter may indeed be bound for a season eight series finale. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he confirmed that, unless there’s a radical shift in the plan, the writers are currently setting up an endpoint for the series:

“Coming back for two more years gives us clarity about how and when it will go out. There’s things that are going to happen [this season] that will set up a very clear endgame that will take two seasons to tell. You have got to be there for the last two episodes.”

As for the possibility of a Dexter season 9, Nevins’ answer mirrored his comments from a couple weeks back – that the network was expecting two more seasons and that a continuation beyond that point is unlikely:

“I’m never going to say ‘never,’ but everybody is operating under that assumption. Things could take a turn creatively where they come to us and say they need more time.”

There’s no doubt that, while audiences still enjoy Dexter, the week to week format, melodrama, and character development on the show has been growing increasingly stale. Many of the character journeys established last season (such as Deb’s pursuit of the lover-killers as well as the relationship between Angel and LaGuerta) were almost entirely abandoned (i.e. reset) this season. As a result, despite offering some fun twists and turns, there’s no doubt that the Dexter writers and showrunners are having a hard time juggling all of the characters – without undermining prior story arcs. Hopefully, with only two seasons left, the team will be able stop spinning their wheels and move all of the characters toward a satisfying (and, of course, nerve-racking) conclusion.

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Ending fan-favorite, and critically acclaimed, series before they turn stale has become an increasingly popular move in Hollywood lately. We’ve seen a number of shows predetermine an end-date, such as LOST and Breaking Bad - instead of limping along toward a quiet cancellation (after the audience bails).

While some viewers might see the end-date approach as a way of maintaining artistic integrity – it’s important to note that some series have actually been able to extend their run with a steady endpoint – since audiences might be more willing to invest in the week to week commitment, knowing an end is in sight. Similarly, going out on a high note keeps positive buzz and word of mouth in the air – which, no doubt, bolsters a show’s post-air life with DVD’s, Blu-rays, and syndication.

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Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9PM on Showtime.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Yes….

  2. I will surely miss this show. Dexter was my favorite series on television next to Breaking Bad, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and Game of Thrones.

    • OMG I think you are my lost sister. My favs also.

    • my favorite shows also. they the beast shows ever

  3. i think they should make a run off from this show and make a show about harrison when he grows up. and hes a killer just like his father. because he was born in a pool of blood just like dexter.

    • no.
      Spin offs never work, and that premise undermines the entire emotional direction of Dexter in his understanding of humanity and the impact of his past on who he is.
      Harrison becoming a killer as well would undermine Dexter’s fathering abilities and undermine the travels of the characters thus-far, instead showing that the characters interactions with one another as they grow has no impact on who they are as an overall person underneath.
      Harrison and Dexter may have been born in blood, but the sins of the father only carry on if the father chooses, and Dexter never chose that. Harry on the other hand made Dexter see himself as a monster since a young age, thus feeding the monster until it consumed him in adulthood.

  4. I love Dexter and im going to miss this show. Some want to know how anyone could even watch a show like this. Honestly, I looked at Dexter as that person does what you wish would happen to some people. We see bad things happen and bad people get away with things. sounds sick doesnt it? But at least Dexter had a good run.

  5. I love dexter but they kinda ruined it when deb found out, then she just became annoying and needed to die, not necessarily by the hands of Dex but she needs to go…and so does laguertia

    • Laguertia is gone

    • I whole-heartedly agree.
      Someone most find a way to keep the series alive.
      It’s the only TV series I have ever enjoyed and became addicted to.
      Deb is a great actress, because I really wanted to see Dex 86 her.
      Matter of fact I can’t think of any character I didn’t like in the series.
      Someone needs to poll dexter fans and pick who is the biggest monster of
      all the peeps Dex killed.
      John

  6. When Dexter goes, so will my subscription to Showtime.

  7. Love Dexter,hate to see it end :(

  8. YIKES!!!! dexter left his son with poison lady;he dumped dead Debbie with his other kills and married a lumberjack and went off to seattle, oh–seattle is the home of the most serial killers–remember bundy the green river killer,the 1-5 killer,happy face killer and so many more. oh,well can we have 8 seasons of Harrison and Hannah,the toddler and new mom killers-one day he decides to fix some of the bullies in his kindergarden class and new mom shows him the easy,syringe way.

  9. I Love this show one of my favourite series, i will miss it

  10. I had never watched Dexter until my friends kept raving about it,so I went to the Library and started checking out all the past seasons. I became so addicted to the show that I was watching a full season every weekend. I love this show, and I wish it would not end. If it does, I will surely suffer Dexter withdrawal.

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