Showtime's Dark Passenger is making his way towards the exit, as Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton not only reveals that the series was originally supposed to end this year, but that it will "absolutely" end next year.
[DEXTER SEASON 6 SPOILERS FOLLOW]
Walking in on her brother killing Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) in the Dexter season 6 finale, Deb's revelation of Dexter's true self was originally going to kick off the series' final season this year. However, speaking with TV Guide, Colleton notes Showtime ultimately convinced them to wait until Dexter season 8 to end the series.
Though Showtime bosses hope otherwise, Colleton confirms that Dexter will definitely be ending next year:
We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years. In some ways, this is a two-season series-ender.
Highlighting her intent from the early stages of developing the series, Colleton knew that the twisted tale of Dexter Morgan would ultimately be a seven-year journey. Even though extending the final season arc across two years may not have be what was originally planned, Colleton believes that it is something that can "easily" be done.
From the very beginning, when I first started developing the pilot, I always knew it would be a seven-year arc for this series. I feel easily that we can be an eight-year show, but I never want it to get old and stale. I want us to go out on a high and everybody on the show is determined to keep the level of it up to the very end. It's always wise to know when it's time to leave the stage before you're asked to leave the stage.
Perhaps taking a page from Breaking Bad (or Showtime simply not wanting their hit series to end), Dexter's now-extended final story will receive the same 24 episode (12 each season) treatment as most series on network television. For a series that thrives in having shortened season orders, one has to wonder what "easily" adding on another season means, or what that will translate to on the small screen.
Dexter producers Sara Colleton and John Goldwyn @ Comic-Con
Speaking with Colleton at Comic-Con in 2010, the Dexter producer told us that a 12-episode season allowed them to write a more succinct storyline, as a typical full-season network order often leads many series to supplement aspects of the seasonal story-arcs with filler storylines and episodes.
Though Dexter is still a 12-episode-per-season series, asking producers to delay the finale one year still results in the infamous "Well we could always do this…" discussion, which will certainly impact the intend telling of Dexter's final story - though to what degree, positively or negatively, is still unknown.
Fortunately, having an end-date set does provide producers with time to plan story-arcs that appropriately span the entirety of the remaining episodes - and that's exactly what they did.
Although producers are till unsure about what the final scene of Dexter will be, everything else has already been planned. With slight tweaks to their original arc, they know exactly where the story is headed, and how it's going to end.
We have worked that out and know where it's going to end.
We don't know what the final scene is, but we know where it's going. We know now exactly how it's going to end and how the series will end.
Of course, one question that Colleton declined to ever answer was whether or not Dexter Morgan will die in the end.
So we'll put the question to you:
Dexter season 7 premieres September 30 on Showtime
Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonyocasio
Source: TV Guide