Now that Dexter season 7 has officially concluded, fans are left to speculate about how any dangling threads will be addressed (and possibly expanded) when the show returns in the fall of 2013. Showtime faces a tough challenge with in-development season 8, as many viewers considered this last season to be a welcome step up for the series at the very same time that showrunners are attempting to wrap-up the Dexter Morgan story.
While producers maintain that audiences could see Dexter return for a season 9, at this point, we're still under the impression that the writers are currently mapping out the final 12 episodes in the series. Where do they intend to go in season 8? Future Dexter plot details have been very scarce but a fresh casting call provides intriguing insight into two new characters set to arrive in Miami as well as what challenges await everyone's favorite serial killer.
It goes without saying that the rest of this article will contain MAJOR spoilers for Dexter season 7 and very MINOR speculation about the direction that the series will head in season 8.
The final episode of season 7 saw Dexter slip out of another tight spot - with a loved one once again paying the price for The Dark Passenger's blood lust. In a fateful turn of events, Deborah is forced to choose between shooting her brother Dexter (guilty of countless murders) or her colleague Maria LaGuerta (an innocent cop) who was prepared to expose Dexter's indiscretions. In a not-so-shocking twist, Deborah executed LaGuerta - a high profile murder that will, no doubt, be noticed by the Miami Metro Police Department.
While executive producer Scott Buck previously claimed that Dexter shouldn't have too much trouble covering up the death of police Captain LaGuerta, it now sounds as though the murder has substantial consequences that will plague the Morgans throughout the season 8 arc.
TV Line has the scoop on two new characters set to join Dexter - both seemingly hinting that a new hunt for the Bay Harbor Butcher (or at the very least LaGuerta's murderer) is on:
First up is Dr. Evelyn Vogel, a formidable and whip smart neuro-psychiatrist in her late 50s who assists the law in profiling criminals.
The show is also on the hunt for a 40ish actor to play Jacob Elroy, a handsome and straightforward former cop who now owns his own private eye business.
It's likely that both characters will play similar to past Dexter challenges with one operating in an official capacity (Dr. Vogel) and the other resorting to shady and illegal means (Elroy). The Vogel character could provide a dynamic reminiscent of Agent Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine) - who came close to outing Dexter as the Bay Harbor Butcher. Still, Lundy's focus was on hard evidence where as Vogel, following the death of LaGuerta, could keep a close eye on the internal Miami Metro staff. As a result, Deborah might be a major liability in the presence of a "whip smart neuro-psychiatrist" - considering she has trouble hiding her emotions from others.
Elroy on the other hand should see shades of Sergeant James Doakes (Erik King), Detective Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington), and Stan Liddy (Peter Weller) - who each resorted to unlawful investigation of Dexter at one point in the series. Although, fans shouldn't expect a character that is quite as twisted as Liddy this time - as the character sounds like a shadowy (and more physical) version of former Deputy Chief Thomas Matthews (Geoff Pierson) - who could even be the man that hires Elroy. That said, former LaGuerta husband, Angel Batista, is probably the most likely character to employ the private investigator.
Of course, Dexter's season 8 challenges are not limited to justice-seekers as he'll also likely be faced with the escape of everyone's favorite lady-serial killer, Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski). Though, it's unclear at this point whether or not Dexter's "true love" will ultimately be a foe or reluctant friend in season 8. Despite her loathsome attempt to harm Deborah and a telling (i.e. twisted) nip on Dexter's lip, it's still possible that the character could ultimately have a change of heart - especially if Dexter's life is threatened by Vogel and/or Elroy.
How will it all end? The showrunners have a tough job ahead of them - since fans remain split on whether or not Dexter should face justice for his actions, be killed-off, or remain free to wrap future serial killers in plastic.
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Dexter season 8 premieres in 2013 on Showtime.
Source: TV Line