Showtime Renews 'Dexter' for Seasons 7 & 8; Possible Series Finale

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What to know what happens next? ‘Dexter’ Season 7 Details Revealed

Despite some ups and downs, Showtime's Dexter continues to be a ratings hit and critical darling for the subscription network. While certain aspects of the fan-favorite series are less cohesive, and subsequently less entertaining, than others - there's no doubt the trials, tribulations, and murders of Miami Metro's "blood guy" continue to captivate audiences.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that Dexter has been renewed for at least two more season arcs - meaning fans will get to enjoy another 24 episodes of watching Michael C. Hall explore the battle between his onscreen counterpart's growing humanity and ever-present Dark Passenger.

Dexter season 7, alone, was reported to be in jeopardy a little over a month ago - as Hall and his representatives were pushing for $1 million per Dexter episode ($24 million total for two seasons) and Showtime wasn't interested in going above a combined $20 million total. As we previously reported, even the $20 million figure would make Hall one of the most highly-paid actors on television.

However, while the Showtime press release doesn't (of course) address the actor's compensation, Hall and the network have worked out a deal - as Dexter has been renewed for two more seasons. According to Showtime president of entertainment, David Nevins:

“The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape. Together with Michael, the creative team on the show has a very clear sense of where they intend to take the show over the next two seasons and, as a huge fan, I’m excited to watch the story of Dexter Morgan play out.”

Deadline caught-up with Nevins following the announcement, who clarified that the network's negotiations with Hall weren't nearly as difficult as we might have been led to believe - adding that the team has a plan for a three-year arc (which includes the current season):

“It’s been a pretty simple negotiation, and Michael C. Hall has been incredibly gentlemanly throughout the whole process. The biggest question was: what is the trajectory of the show creatively? And after speaking with (executive producers) John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck, it became pretty clear that there was a very clear 3-year trajectory. Once we established that, this became a very simple negotiation, which went down pretty quickly."

While this season of Dexter hasn't been the series' strongest narrative showing, there's no doubt that with a few "kill of the week" episodes, a number of especially bizarre serial murders, and Hall's compelling performance as the titular character, season six has (so far) offered a strong continuation of the over-arching storyline.

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Despite the "3-year trajectory," Nevins also asserts that, while it's a possibility, season eight isn't guaranteed to be the series' endpoint:

"I’m not going to say with absolute certainty that this is the end, but that is the likely scenario, that the series is moving towards a definite end."

However, with Dexter becoming increasingly "Human" - not to mention Deborah's near-miss discovery of her brother's killer instinct last season - it'll be especially interesting to see how the show runners keep things moving in the series or, should season eight be the last installment, how they intend to wrap-up Dexter's story.

Can there be a happy ending for dearly devoted Dexter Morgan?


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Dexter airs Sunday nights at 9PM on Showtime.

Source: Deadline

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