OFFICIAL Dexter Season 7 DISCUSSION Thread

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Since Showtime released the first few minutes of the seventh season of Dexter online at Comic Con earlier this summer, it seems like we have had ample time to dissect the moment the sociopath completely switched back on within Dexter (Michael C. Hall). Though many viewers and fans of the show may have cut him a lot of slack—may have even rationalized his behaviors and personality—the instantaneous manipulative of his supposedly beloved sister when she caught him at the altar spoke volumes about just how sure of who—or what—he actually is. After a tumultuous (at best) season where Dexter uncharacteristically tried to find something better in religion, the show, and the vigilante we have all come to know and love, is back and better than ever.

The Dexter season premiere, “Are You…?” starts by setting fire to the last season’s religious theme for one final tableau but also as if to say the show is “burning the past to the ground.” Yet, in erasing that past, they may be doomed to repeat it, and “Are You…?” certainly pulls from Dexter’s history in image, characters, and theme.

Still, from here on out everything is changed—because Dexter’s one true, constant relationship has been changed. By bringing Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) into his darkness, it is the truest testament of his own feelings—namely if he really does have any. The way both characters choose to react in the situation will prove exactly the kind of people they are, setting up a season arc of internal conflict for each.

Forget for a minute that Debra was realizing she had feelings for her adopted brother at the end of last year (because we certainly tried to!) and just consider this: now that she has seen what her brother is capable of, even in a moment of “snapping,” as he convinced her he experienced, she’s bound to question more of what he says and does. And she’s also bound to let the questions and the guilt weigh on her, affecting how she handles press conferences, crime scene analysis, and other investigations.

Carpenter has continuously stepped up her game season after season, but here she is at her best—emotional and thoughtful, with just shades of the unraveling to come. Savannah Paige Rae, who steps in as Young Debra in this episode, is equally enthralling, and we hope we will see more of her as this season seems to be all about diving deeply into Debra’s psyche.

There are a lot of liberties taken in the season premiere of Dexter when it comes to the processing of the crime scenes, which admittedly is a flaw in the execution. For the first time you realize just how easily everyone defaults to the “authority” of the examiners, and when it comes to Dexter himself, it can often just be the story he’s spinning. The sloppiness is even more apparent by the loss of the one member of the team who actually seemed to know what he was doing. Yet, because it’s all in the name of tying up the loose ends of Travis and last season, we can’t begrudge the show the interest in resetting as quickly as possible.

On the flip side, though, last season’s nudge Louis (Josh Cooke) is digging into deeper to his life, trying to wreak his own havoc the way only the family member of one of Dexter’s past victims would want to. As Debra is distracted by newly conflicted emotions about her brother (and her PTSD is flaring anew), LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) has a ton of spare time to finally step up the police work and prove she knows what she’s doing and deserved the position of power she rose to politically and perhaps prematurely. Ironically, this thorough job could end up getting her k!lled if she keeps as high a profile as usual while looking into things.

“Are You…?” plants the seeds of one of the season’s “big bads” being unlike any foes Dexter has seen before. Miami Metro won’t just be hunting a murderer here but an organized crime type unit (led by Jason Gedrick) that has its hands in seedy business-turned-murder. It’s a little off the radar right now, though it is just one of the elements that make season seven seem like a brand new show, while still keeping throwbacks to the original Dexter—the first season—that was so revolutionary.

Dexter returns to Showtime on September 30th 2012 at 9 p.m.

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As Dexter enters its penultimate season, executive producer Sara Colleton talks about what drove a major plot bombshell, how the writers craft the show and why you don’t see her on Twitter. Attention: spoilers ho.



Often, television series strain to find compelling storylines as they get on in years. But Dexter, the Showtime drama that inserts viewers into the bloody life of serial k!ller/forensic analyst Dexter Morgan, enters its seventh season September 30 mining a revelation that will dramatically alter the course of the show.
Sara Colleton

“We always knew that once this shoe dropped, it would be a game changer,” says Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton. She is talking about police lieutenant Deb finally discovering that her brother is capable of murder. In the season six finale of Dexter last December, Deb walked into a church and witnessed Dexter stabbing the life out of Doomsday k!ller Travis Marshall.

Season seven picks up right where season six left off, and, judging by the trailer, it looks like Deb is going to figure out that this isn’t the first time Dexter has had blood on his hands.

As Dexter begins what is slated to be its second-to-last season, Co.Create talked to Colleton about how the show is crafted, what series stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter bring to their roles and whether she sees the need to be active on social media.

Co.Create: Fans have been dying for Deb to find out about Dexter’s true nature. Were you also eager to get to this point in the series?

Colleton: Not really because I knew there were only so many permutations you could have with this. So I really wanted us to take our time and explore every other aspect of Dexter that we could before it became necessary for Deb to be let in on his secret.

Dexter is famous for some dramatic and disturbing season enders. What is it like for your writing staff when a season ends, and how do you gear up for the next season? I understand that you start with the general themes that you want to cover before diving into plot and potential new characters.

When a season ends, it’s always the same thing. It’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve brought the ship to safe harbor.’ The last few episodes of [a season of] Dexter are so tense and so much happens, and we’re so emotionally wiped out when a season ends. And every year, by the time we re-group, which is usually with preliminary talks in mid-January, we just sit around and say, ‘Alright, what did we learn? What did Dexter learn last year? What was his takeaway? Where are we with his character, and where do we want to go? What do we want to see him explore? What feels real and natural?’ You try to take everything from the human point of view. That’s always worked for us. So it’s just talking about where he is in his life, and then after some considering going from there.

Season six was an exploration of faith. What is the theme of this season of Dexter?

This season is about the price of knowledge. Dexter’s series-long arc has been to be known. Well, be careful what you wish for: Deb now knows everything. So it changes everything in his life, and with those changes are some very unwelcome things. There’s a loss of freedom. There’s a sense of responsibility because he’s got to figure out how to bring Deb over to his point of view but not destroy her purity. And so he’s navigating how he’s going to do that. He was always her hero, and so he’s dealing with regret and a sense of betrayal. But also the biggest thing that he has to live with is the knowledge that she, at any moment, could turn him in.

While storytelling is key, Dexter is also a slick, stylized show. Do you have a visual formula that you stick with from season to season?

We have our visual vocabulary that was really set in the pilot, and we have maintained that look. We shot the pilot in Miami over the course of three hurricanes, and then when we went to series, we couldn’t go back to Miami because we couldn’t get insurance since we would always be shooting during hurricane season. So we realized that in order to have a show that had the kind of look [we had created in Miami] in L.A., we had to set rules. Otherwise, the look starts being diffused.

So how do you make L.A. look and feel so much like Miami?

Well, it’s just the angles that we use, the kind of lighting that we use, the use of color, the use of contrast. We have a playbook for locations to make them look like Miami: Floors are not carpeted. They are wood, or they’re terrazzo, or they’re stone because it’s so hot and humid in Miami. The ceilings all have fans. The windows have louvers to let air in. So we bring that Miami look into the show in a million subtle ways.

And what’s it like for you as a producer to work with Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter? On the Dexter panel promoting season seven at the Television Critics a.ssociation Press Tour this summer, they both appeared quite invested in their roles on the show.

Michael and Jennifer are two actors who have an ability to access the truth in themselves. When they speak as their characters, you forget that they are Michael Hall and Jennifer Carpenter. They become Dexter Morgan and Debra Morgan, and it’s this odd thing because I know both of them so well personally by now, and I’ve spent hours, hundreds of hours, looking at their dailies, editing their scenes, and they become characters that are so fully realized you can’t believe that Dexter and Debra are not real people. And yet the characters are nothing like Michael and Jennifer. It’s magic as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never seen a bad moment from either one of them, and I can’t say that about a lot of actors.

It was announced earlier this year that season eight would be the last season of Dexter. But when Showtime entertainment president David Nevins spoke at the Television Critics a.ssociation Press Tour, he made it clear that he would love to extend the run of the show. Would you consider doing more seasons? Michael C. Hall has said that anything is possible.

Like Michael said, anything is possible. But we never get ahead of ourselves because the minute you start thinking too far ahead, you take your eyes off of what’s right in front of you. We’ve always thought of these last two years as a two-year arc. These two years, in our minds, were thought of as companion pieces because we always had an idea where we’d go once Deb finds out about Dexter. So whether that becomes the series end remains to be seen. We have to feel like we’re not on vapors, that there’s new territory that excites us and that we clearly see some way that we can advance.

Some showrunners--Glen Mazzara, the executive producer of The Walking Dead immediately comes to mind--are on Twitter all the time, tweeting their thoughts and talking with fans. Meanwhile, others like Marc Cherry of Desperate Housewives fame, don’t have a Twitter account. Where do you stand on social media, especially given that Dexter fans are so active online?

I find that it could be your full-time occupation, and I think a little bit of it is good, and it’s great to have access to the people who are so passionate and are such huge fans of the show. But too much of it is very unhealthy for me. I need to stay in my head, and keep the show in my head. If I’m always thinking of what to share, it ruins what’s in my head. I did look at Twitter a couple of times, and then I said, ‘This isn’t healthy for me because I don’t want anyone policing my thoughts.’ At the end of the day, I feel that we and the writers are totally honest to what we want to do and honest to what we feel are the characters and not someone else’s idea. It’s human nature that once you hear or read something, you can’t help but think about it. So I steel myself from ever going on the chat boards and elsewhere.

Are you planning on being with Dexter until the end of the show’s run?

Absolutely. It is so rewarding on a creative level. To have read an article in The New Yorker and to have gone and bought a book, read it over the course of a weekend, sold it, developed a pilot, and then seen something like this emerge from it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime fabulous sense of accomplishment creatively that I’m just incredibly grateful and humbled to have.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter and the other Dexter books could have easily spawned a series of movies, and you have produced films like Riding in Cars with Boys and The Painted Veil. But you went to Showtime and sold Dexter as a television series. What have been the benefits of bringing the story to life on television versus the big screen?

I started out working in the feature film business, and I realized that the kinds of stories and the kinds of movies that I was lucky enough to work on are what’s being done on cable. So it’s a very comfortable home for me. You have enormous freedom, and what’s wonderful about the twelve-episode serialized story is that you really get to develop and explore all these kinds of emotions and different character issues that even if it was a big feature film, you’d be like, ‘It has to be an hour and forty-five minutes. You have to cut this subplot and that subplot. Oh, that’s too complicated.’ Everything gets streamlined down to one storyline in a movie, and in a show like this you can really tell a lot of stories in a very nuanced way.


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:hillwhoa: Seen the Trailer, Deb gonna get silenced by the end of the season
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The GOAT is coming back tomorrow..

Dexter gonna make alot of certain fans of another TV show very angry when this season sh*ts on theirs

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Tonight!!
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i started watching Dexter during season 2...
for the dexter heads, is it a must that i watch season 1???

also, how the fu*k they have dexter & empire boardwalk on at the same time
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 5_star_smitty said:
i started watching Dexter during season 2...
for the dexter heads, is it a must that i watch season 1???

also, how the fu*k they have dexter & empire boardwalk on at the same time
yes watch season 1
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y the fu*k would u start at season 2
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 Grown Man Ish said:
y the fu*k would u start at season 2
maybe because when Season 1 was airing i had no intention of ever watching Dexter...
it was during season 2 that my brother kept nagging me every day to watch it & i did just to see what it's all about
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is there a streem for this....i dont have showtime lol...or is it fukk it dl a few hrs later?
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