The following story contains major plot spoilers for the sixth season and upcoming seventh season of Dexter.
When we last saw Dexter he wore the expression of a deer trapped in the headlights as Debs witnessed him in the dark passenger act of killing Travis.
So how will the story continue?
We know that the upcoming seventh season picks up immediately following the big Dex/Deb scene, with the main season-long arc exploring the question of whether Debs can accept Dexter for who he truly is, and what that means for the pair of them. Now in an interview with TV Guide‘s Natalie Abrams, executive producer Sara Colleton has revealed more details on the new season, which she says will be different from Dexter’s faith-themed pursuit of last season:
“It is about things he’s never experienced before, which are regret, responsibility, shame, betrayal, all of those things. Also, it’s the flip side of wanting to be known, and then once you are known, there’s a loss of freedom. It comes with heavy responsibility, so he’s dealing with a lot of emotions that he’s never had before, and never been allowed to feel before or allowed himself to feel before.”
While some fans may be concerned that the status quo will be in quick return, Colleton says the sibling complications will be followed through in Season 7, noting that Debs will discover the full extent of Dexter’s secret life, providing her with a major dilemma over how to proceed:
“Does she turn him into the police? Is she repulsed by him? Can she continue to love him? Does she feel an odd relief that finally she understands some fundamental part of him that always felt elusive? Dexter was always elusive and Debra always thought it was because of her, and now she knows [..] it was about him really protecting her. But she is the head of the homicide division and so it has to really affect her sense of justice and the whole system.”
There will also be other obstacles throughout the season for Dex to deal with, including Lieutenant LaGuerta who discovers Dexter’s blood at the Travis crime scene. This re-opens the Doakes/Bay Habor Butcher arc which has LaGuerta wondering whether the Butcher is still alive and whether she can prove the innocence of her beloved friend Sgt. Doakes. As Colleton notes, this is “going to be eventually working its way back to Dexter.”
As we know, the seventh season will also see the introduction of a eastern European crime syndicate story arc with Ray Stevenson and Jason Gedrick. Colleton gave TV Guide the dish on how this factors into the main storyline:
“[Ray Stevenson] plays the head of a crime syndicate who owns many nightclubs in Miami. Jason Gedrick plays George, the U.S. manager of all of his clubs. Ray Stevenson’s character, Isaac, comes to Miami when his very close personal lieutenant is accused of killing a Miami cop and then suddenly disappears. So Isaac wants to find out what happened to his friend and how he disappeared. The fact that it was a cop will bring them all around the Miami Metro police system. That is going to be a long story arc.”
As for Yvonne Strahovski, who joined the show in a multi-episode capacity:
“She plays this woman named Hannah, who took off from this small rinky-dink Florida town and ran off with this older guy and they went on this wild killing spree. So when they got caught, she turned state’s evidence on the boyfriend, he went to jail for life and she started a new life. Years later, she’s in her 30s and she will intersect with Dexter. I would say Hannah is a still water that runs very deep and is quite unlike any woman Dexter has ever known.”
While Showtime president David Nevins recently suggested that Dexter could continue into a ninth season, Colleton appears to have closed the window on that possibility, saying that Season 8 is “absolutely” the end.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how this season juggles the main Dex/Deb arc with the intersecting storylines (which may carry over into the final season).
Click over to TV Guide or the entire interview.
Will truth bring light for Dexter? Find out, September 30 on Showtime