‘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. Boo. But i agree, they need to end it sooner than later.

  2. This got me wondering about that intern, maybe he has something to do with the end game (there’s something off about him). That’s one of the few things that I can see being dragged out into the last season.

    • I think it’s quite obvious. The intern is related to Dexter and Brian/Rudy. I’m not sure if they could pull off a father son due to the age gap being so small, but maybe a 3rd brother that was never introduced.

  3. Oh this is FANTASTIC news!
    I was so ready to give up the show, and let season 6 be the last one for me. But this gives me great hope for the show to return to form.
    Now I’m suddenly excited for Dexter again! :D

    • What are you talking about ?? Return to form ?? Yeah right, this show as always been awesome !!

  4. This is good news. I think TV shows should have end dates built-in from the start. I don’t think, like some, that Dexter was getting old or worse, but I would hate for it to drag on until it seriously jumped the shark. Dexter is too good for that.

    • Its a great show. They have amazing story lines & twists. I don’t know about all the little things some people are complaining about . Micheal Hall (Dexter), has battled Cancer & won.
      I hope if the next 2 seasons are 1/2 as good as all the others I’ll be thrilled!

  5. Finally !
    Good for them ! I love Dexter but it’s getting worse and worse from season to season !
    And Dexter is getting more and more stupid with each season,Thanks to writers who have no idea how to write about a Psycho Killer at all !

    The first 2 seasons of Dexter were really good,how careful the character was written,his personalty,his thinking,how he prepared for kills.
    Dexter was special,not just a idiot stumbling around !

    Last seasons already he started to become an idiot Killer,
    he went unprepared to kills,did not study the environment or house blue prints.
    Uses his own car and waits in front of a victims place and falls asleep.

    These season we saw more of it:

    Dexter driving around in his own car again,uses it to drive to break ins or drive victims around ! IN HIS OWN CAR !!!!!!!

    OR watching Victims like the Toothfairy Guy..10meters away,from HIS OWN CAR !!

    What happened to DEXTER ???

    We saw,Dexter suddenly already have the guy wrapped up who killed brother Sam and ready for kill!???
    What happened here ? Writers to lazy to write the story or no idea how Dexter could catch a well protected gang Boss ?
    So they just make it them selfs easy and put him in a chair with no explanation !

    and best…after he found out the hide out of the bad guy,the old church,
    he is just driving with his OWN car again,and stops,i repeat, stops DIRECTLY in front of the Church ! ??? HOW STUPID IS THAT ??

    WOW…so bad writing !

    WTF !!!

    What happen to Dexter ?
    Especially from Dexter Season 1 & 2 !
    Dexter used to be smart,with an inside into a Psycho and his thinking,and personalty !

    I am still watching in hope,and I still like it,but mostly because of Dexters past deeds ,but Dexter has really lost a lot of quality and appeal he had in earlier years.
    For me it’s the writers fault i guess, who have no idea how to write for a character as him !Normalize him,make him like any other idiot killer !

    If Dexter wouldn’t be the main character in this show,they would have caught him already long ago,as for how uncareful he goes out and kills people !

    Lets hope with an end in sight,it will get better,but still,with those stupid writers on board,i doubt that !

    • I too have wondered about that. He used to really keep things in control. His actions now really are more like the inner psychotic purposely becoming careless because deep down inside he want’s to be caught.

      I’d like to see them do something akin to the first season, only instead of the killings being of innocents they are the kind of people Dexter would kill. A vigillante who is a genius and has a deep understanding of law enforcement, but who has never been one himself. A killer who basically ends up having the public behind him, and Dexter confused as all hell about what he would do if he catches him. This killer’s antic could mimic Dexters and endanger Dexter getting discovered. In fact the antics could be so much like Dexter’s that he could start doubting his own sanity and start to think he might have a second personallity doing these killing when he thinks he’s sleeping……Now that could bring back some real twist and turns….

      • That actually sounds like something from one of Jeff Lindsay’s books. Actually I think it’s the first one (or second one), they keep finding the bodies and Dexter begins to wonder if he’s doing it but can’t remember. I think it’s the first one with his brother Brian.

    • I notice these things too and it bothers me when I see him touching something without his gloves leaving prints, or on his cell making calls to victims which could be traced, or yes the big one – sitting outside victim’s houses in his own car lol. Even when Rita was still in the picture, how many times did Dex get in the car on the way to a kill site and she’d call him on the cell that the baby is is sick or needs diapers? Lots of stuff the stellar Miami Homicide department would have found in 4 seconds of any episode if it were a different killer than Dex leaving that kind of evidence.

      I say if fell apart after season 2. Loved the Doakes character it was silly to get rid of him.

    • There’s a reason for him being less careful and precise about his kills, it’s really the psychology that’s taking into account which is a big deal in this series. He is getting more and more insane because he’s realizing that he has problems that cause him to be this way but he doesn’t need to kill. At the same time he doesn’t want to stop because killing is his coping device. I think the series keeps getting better, you have to read more in between the lines and that makes it more interesting and complex.

      • I agree. I think the series is getting better also. Dexters actual human (erring) side is coming out. I also LOVED that the writers brought in Rudy as Dex’s chatty ghost friend when he was having a “dark side” meltdown. Good stuff… And it is a shame that people are focusing on tidbits that may be off in the recent seasons.

        Dexter is one of the best shows I’ve seen in my life and I am very sad that the series is coming to an end. :( I hate it.

    • If you study real serial killers, you might be surprised to find that almost all of them become lazy, taking more and more risks as they go. They start to believe that they are invincible and fall into the kind of mistakes they never would have made before. In my opinion, that writers did a phenomenal job of creating tension by allowing Dexter to “screw up” a bunch during season 6. Especially if they’re preparing for a two year “arc”, we might see some of his sloppy kills come back to haunt him (like from his trip to deal with Trinity’s son) – the one guy he dumped in a hay silo will be found for sure! Anyway, I think the show just gets better and better with every episode. The Season 6 Finale completely blew my mind and I can’t wait to see where they go with it now!! Yay, Dexter! :)

  6. yea the intern s fishy. maybe the show will come full swing; start with the book, end with the book. It should end like Double Dexter. we already see how the intern is smart (shows Dexter the new google), rich (apartment), and is a good liar (has Masuka in his pocket already). Not to menton his obsession with Dexter…

  7. I guess I’m the only one that’s disappointed about this I think it should at least go to season 10

    • When the show peaked at season 4 (arguably even season 2), we’re relieved it will end at season 8. :p

  8. I wasn’t too excited about the first half of this season, but the last few episodes have got me excited again. Sad the show will end but can’t wait to see what happens. I am kind hoping that Deb being in therapy is gonna open her mind to who Dexter really is. Still love this show!

  9. anybody else think the intern could be related to one of the others? As in blood related?

    • Others?

    • I was considering that as well. Like, what if he was a Moser?

      • Hmm, well yea that could be the only thing (at least what I can think of) that would lead to a big story arc. Was wondering if the scene where they showed the ice truck killer evidence in his apartment means something more than him being the buyer.

  10. Well I don’t mind. Once the conclusion is satisfying. I’ve been enjoying season 6 but not as much as I did with Seasons 1-4.

  11. I do agree with the comments on the intern for i was telling a friend that he may be the one to finally out Dexter in some form or fashion. At least the last two season will be filled with goodies as to how the end the series.

  12. The Mentalist needs a similar plan.

  13. The reason Dexter is becoming sloppier and more ‘human’ in his kills is b/c he is… Isn’t that the story arc we have been watching the entire time –> how he becomes more and more normal – I mean my goodness you guys are extremely negative and not thinking about why maybe these things are happening for a reason – he doesn’t have the time he used to have. I just think its ridiculous that you didn’t want the character to evolve – what was the point of the loss of innocence or Doax’s death or him finally having a best friend or getting married or having a kid —> all those things change a person, effect him, evolve him into something new he has to become, wants to become, or even just becomes. Most shows do have a few flaws — it is the nature of television shows and how they are funded, written and produced. But if your going to really complain about a show, and yes everyone agrees seasons 1 and 2 were the best – maybe they are because we didn’t get countless seasons like that – pick on something like Heroes, where they really just trashed a good beginning. Dexter is pretty well thought out – I mean just look at the role of sex in his life – a prime example of his evolution. If you don’t try to enjoy it or just dont enjoy it at all – why are you wasting your precious time on this planet watching it?

    • Exactly , i mean, i read all these comments and think ” how can they call themselves Dexter fans”

      GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER Guys!!! Dexter is going to get rid of his dark Passenger..and going to be a good dad to Harrison.

    • Hmm yea that actually puts things in perspective when you think about it.

    • Hit the nail on the head there, that was exactly my line of thought, the seasons see him turning in to a human being, with him interacting more with the real world, he is now a father etc. and doesn’t have the time to commit to the dark passenger, but cant let it go….

      which is where i think it will get more exciting over the last 2 series as i think it will become more integral to the endpoint.

    • I agree,Phil. I’ve enjoyed Dexter since day 1. There’s a story being told. He’s evolving in his life, just like any person would. You can’t make every season that same… that too, would make you bored. There would be no point to a “series” if it was the same stuff, stories, people, every single season. Lighten up, people. Dexter is an A+ Stop watching if you’re bored. If not, ENJOY the next 2 seasons. Something big is on it’s way.

    • My problem with the show opposed to Breaking Bad. I feel like every season seems like a new one & doesn’t reflect enough on his past or consequences. Every season dude gets new friend & they just disappear. I know most of them are explained away, but like Miguel & killing the guy Quinn had tracking him. Just a little much for me. It just seems like they come up with good ideas & are just like screw it. I am all for the progression of Dexter, but the writing is just lacking. The more the show goes I start to think the books might have went in a better, but different direction.

  14. “Dexter is going to get rid of his dark Passenger..and going to be a good dad to Harrison.”
    Amen to that, like he said to Harry in episode 9 of this season, “I want to be a better father to my son, does that suprise you?”
    But from what i’ve heard about the new book “Double Dexter” someone sees him kill someone, and im almost positive its Louis the intern. Plus him and the video game, shows Jamie how its a cops game and you choose what cop you are pertaining to which case, then he shows dexter another side to it, where you are the serial killer, and of all the other infamous serial killers ie: Jack the ripper, he mentions the bay harbor butcher? and also i think that homepage “Elliot” he got dexter to use is his own web browser which would allow him to track whatever dexter looks at.

  15. The Writers should send Dexter to New York. He needs a new playground.

  16. i totally love dexter and must say i am happy that it will be ending after 8 glorious seasons.

  17. The trajectory of the shows story arc seems to be moving toward a closing, so it’s not really a surprise. I’m just excited to hear the producers confirm an end date because, that bit of news gives me a renewed spirit toward the show. The momentum of the show has slowed down since the departure of original Show Runner and executive producer Clyde Phillips and head writer Melissa Rosenberg in season 4. The show has continued to spark my interest but the story lines and directing seems to lack a certain edge. I’m prying Clyde Phillips, Melissa Rosenberg and Daniel Cerone will reunite for the last season to give the devoted (true fans) the ending we’ve all been waiting for. I don’t want to be short changed come season 8, I don’t want Dexter to end like the Sopranos did, because the writers have become so attached to the characters, that they can’t let go.
    I want to actually see some blood, guts, and gore come season 8 and not this family friendly b******* the writers are tossing my way. Dexter is a show about a serial killer not some priest, so I fell some of the integrity of the show has been lost in lieu of finding a balance amongst a particular fan base. Season’s 1-4 kept me at the edge of my sofa, kept me wondering whats going to happen next, and I just haven’t felt that way since season 5 or 6. The show has got to step it up or shut it down and quickly.

  18. I knew that the new nerd guy we be undoubtedly involved somehow in the series finale from the moment they introduced his character. I feel that this guy is infatuated with serial killers and may potentially become a new Dexter; meaning that he may become a serial killer that hunts down other serial killers.
    Either that or his genius mind will lead him to the truth about Dexter

  19. Let’s be honest here, the show shouldn’t even be called Dexter anymore. The show should have ended after either the first or second season because nothing they come up with can come close to touching that quality…first season especially.

    As far as I’m concerned the show has gone on 4 or 5 years too long already. But as we all know, quality doesn’t mean crap anymore, it’s all about the money.

  20. tHE PERFECT ENDIN FOR ME WOULD BE THAT AS DEXTER SLOWLY DEVELOPES A CONSCIENCE, HE KILLS A MAN WHO ACCORDING TO DEXTER CODE DESERVES IT, A CRIMINAL WHO RAPED AND KILLED SOME GIRLS AND WAS LET GO BY POLICE BECAUSE OF LACK OF PROOF. AFTER KILLING IM IN THE USUAL STYLE, DEXTER, WHILE PACKING UP THE MAN’S POSSESSIONS, COMES ACROSS A PHOTO OF THE MAN WITH A YOUNG SON THE SAME AGE AS HARRISON. DEXTER REALIZES THAT HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE MAN HE JUST KILLED. THIS MAKES HIM REALIZE THAT BEING A BETTER FATHER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HE COULD EVER BE AND IN ORDER TO BE THAT HE MUST LET GO OF HIS DARK PASSENGER. IN OTHER WORDS, HARRISON TURNS OUT TO BE THE LIGHT THAT RIDS DEXTER OF HIS DARK PASSENGER. HOWEVER, BECAUSE HE IS SO WRAPPED UP WITH GUILT, HE MAKES A MISTAKE GETTING RID OF THE MANS BODY AND POSSESSIONS. HE ENDS UP BEING CAUGHT, BUT NOT BY THE POLICE, BY ANOTHER “DEXTER” LIKE CHARACTER WHO KILLS PEOPLE FOR THE SAME REASONS THAT DEXTER DID AND HE DOES JUST THAT TO DEXTER. DEBRA IS FORCED TO ADOPT HARRISON BECAUSE DEXTER HAS DISSAPPEARED. THE LAST SCENE WOULD BE HARRISON, NOW 20 YEARS OLD , IN A KILL ROOM, ABOUT TO KILL THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS FATHER. HOWEVER HARRISON IS THE NEW DEXTER AND DEALS WITH THIS MAN THE SAME WAY DEXTER USED TO,HE DOESN’T KNOW THIS MAN IS HIS FATHER’S KILLER ONLY THAT HE IS A SERIAL KILLER. HE THRUSTS THE KNIFE TOWARDS THE MANS BODY —SERIES ENDS

  21. Let’s not forget the killing of the mule aboard the boat of illegals that saved Dexter. That made no sense whatsoever. Yes, he had to be fished out of the water by someone, but the murder was gratuitous. The finale was a huge disappointment, even Deb walking in on Dexter was anticlimactic.

  22. I love Dexter and wish it would never end! Some how they have to work Deb into Dexter’s Dark secret way of life. I* haven’ta clue how, but she already knows so run with it!!!!!

  23. I think that the intern is a killer himself and that’s the reason why he made that game where you can be a killer because he has urges to kill and maybe thought that creating that game it might be able to control himself. But when Dexter ( his idol and also probably follows him to his kills and knows he’s a killer) says its the worst idea ever I think that maybe he’s going to start to be the killer for the new season to maybe impress Dexter or maybe because he can’t control his urges. That’s why maybe he’s interested in the ice truck killer too. Not a direct threat to Dexter but maybe his obsession with him and Dexter not being too impressed with him will be later.

  24. It’s important. “instead of limping along toward a QUITE cancellation.” Quite. You mean “quiet.”

    “knowing an end is in site.” Sight. You mean “sight.” A site is where something happens. Sight is your ability to see or perceive things.

    May seem nitpicky, but it’s important. Can’t take the article seriously if the author doesn’t take it seriously either.

  25. And what if the intern is EXACTLY like Dex and takes out the trash so to say on Dexter Morgan.

  26. OMG I really dont know what anyone is talking about, Dexter is NOT stale. This season has been wildly awesome as has every season before it! There is so much they can do to “jump start” it if they feel they need to. Dexter is amazing and really is my favorite show ever. Every season is better than the one before it. I swear, every time I find a show that I love some jerk decides it’s not good enough. If the problem is too many characters than take some out. Maybe Dexter gets caught and he and Debs run away together and she helps him kill. (doesn’t actually kill or watch but helps in other ways) Or maybe he inherits a large amount of money somehow and quits his job, then Debs can protect him by still working at the station. Then they can focus more on Dexter and not so much on the other characters or story lines. Maybe my ideas are a bit over the top and unlikely but even still, it’s a TV show. Anything can happen! Honestly I’d be happy watching the show on the track it’s going for ever. 8 seasons of this brilliant show is just NOT enough. Not to sound critical but ending it so soon seems very lazy to me. This is something that’s never been done before and is a massive success and it has so many possibilities. Just ending it so it doesnt get stale seems very lazy to me indeed. Get daring and creative so it doesnt get stale. Maybe do it like in the books, bring back Cody and Astor after seeing something traumatizing and have Dexter train them to be little dark avengers. Brain storm and try different things out, dont just say “well, what we’re doing isnt going anywhere so we give up.” I really hope the writers and producers will be willing to take on the challenges. Or at least leave it open so that they can come back in the future if possible. Personally I think ending Dexter is the worst idea, especially just because some people have short attention spans or because they’re afraid to take risks and change the show too much. Think of Dr. Who, it’s been going for 50 years and has a die hard fan base. Maybe try to figure out what makes it so popular. In any case I digress. I’m ranting, point is keep Dexter alive!

  27. Reading so many of the comments, I wonder if many of you are even watching the same show (DEXTER) as me. Each season was great, and by far the greatest was Season 4 with John Lithgow. Although Season 5 wasn’t spectacular, Season 6 was.

    It is quite clear to me that many people commenting are watching an entirely different show than me. I watch DEXTER, the series which develops a serial killer through real life issues as his character naturally evolves.
    The rest of you seem to be watching some show about serial killing and murder, void of character development, real life relevance, etc. staring a robot void of human error.

    The BEST part of Dexter is when he makes an error, especially based on his personal desire for friendship, love, religion, etc. To think this is bad writing is to watch a completely different series.

    I question whether any who fail to understand Dexter’s error (such as falling asleep due to exhaustion because he has a newborn son at home) are above the age of youth. If you were a father or had the capacity to empathize or understand the stress of fatherhood or the psychology behind it, you would easily understand why he makes errors due to exhaustion, time constraint, etc.

    Of course, I am not surprised. DEXTER is an incredibly intelligent psychological thriller, full of real life character development.

    To understand, appreciate, and enjoy such a series…well…intelligence is a requirement. I also believe most who posted here with disappointment or frothing that “only season 1 and 2 were any good” are simply youth who can never call themselves Dexter fans because all they care about is the serial killer, not the human behind it.

  28. I really hope they hop back on the “dexter and deb may actially be blood brither and sister because yheir dad had an affair with dexter’s mom” train. Im interested in seeing where that goes. Love this show. Though I know it much come to an end I can’t get enough and will be sad. Please let it end well.

  29. Still cant believe he killed Robocop?!?!?! lmao
    But I miss Rita :(

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