Dexter at TCAs: Will Season 7 Atone for Season 6? The Cast and Crew Say "Yes"

Note to self: Describing Season 6 as Dexter's "sixth best" to the cast and crew of Showtime's long-running serial killer drama is probably not the best way to ingratiate yourself to them. But the fact remains: Season 6 was divisive to say the least and those who may have been turned off by it might be curious as to whether Season 7 will continue in that vein or depart into new (better) waters. Well, regardless of how that pans out, the cast and crew of Dexter are indeed enthusiastic about the possibilities of the new season.

At today's Television Critics' Association session, star and producer Michael C. Hall described it this way: "This season feels as genuinely formed by everything that's come before it as anything we've done. There's a feeling of arrival. That we've earned this arrival in this new landscape. In a lot of ways it feels as rich as it ever has." Specifically Dexter's Season 7 mindset (after Deb's discovery of his true calling) presents a particular thrill for Hall: "It is without a doubt the most fundamentally game-changing development as we've had since we started telling this story. One of the things we've always been able to count on is that Dexter's secret is his own. And it's not anymore. It's been so invigorating to play these scenes, to be so preoccupied in a way that Dexter's never been preoccupied. To be in a seventh season of a show, to have that genuine sense, is pretty remarkable."

For her part, Jennifer Carpenter is able to channel her nervousness at handling such a revelation into the actual anxiety Deb must be feeling. "I have been looking forward to [this twist.] I've been very curious about how they would write it. And also terrified about it. It's perfect. All the anxiety I'm feeling is exactly what Debra would be feeling." But another benefit to Deb's discovery is the far-ranging effect it has on the series as a whole. As Hall puts it, "I think Deb finding out does sort of make an endgame feel a little more palpable and imminent." When asked for a definitive answer on whether that endgame will be at the end of Season 8, Hall answered, "I think the plan is to do this season and a final eighth season to really tell this story of the two of them negotiating their relationship in this new landscape requires about that much time. So yeah, it feels right."

"Can I add 'dangerous?'" Carpenter jumps in. "It's very dangerous this year."

But back to my question—phrased politely, I assure you—of whether the producers would give any kind of acknowledgment that Season 7 had room for improvement? In short, nope! Producer Sara Colleton insisted that Deb discovering Dexter's Dark Passenger via happenstance—as opposed to common sense or basic detective instinct—was the perfect character choice. "I think we handled it, for our show, perfectly. [Deb's discovery] felt very active and very much our show." Producer Scott Buck even went so far as to suggest that the very obvious reveal as to imaginary nature of Edward James Olmos' villain was not a big deal. "It was never intended to be this big season-changing twist that the season was hinged on." But he did admit that in the future they'd consider doing a better job of keeping the secret a secret. "If we were to have this big secret in the future we would be a lot more careful about it in the future, sure."

As one might imagine, it's hard to phrase the question "Will next season be better?" But despite qualifying it with the fact that Season 6 had a number of incredible performances, the question still provoked an array of uncomfortable responses. Colleton was blunt: Season 7 has all the same writers, so no, nothing in that regard would be different. Hall did at least offer an incentive for viewers whose passion for the show may have cooled during Season 6: "Dexter is never more compelling than when he's in danger. And he's never been in deeper trouble than he is now."

The most emotional response, however, came from Carpenter, who mulled my question over and came back to it after the conversation had moved on. Pointing me out in the crowd, she said, "If you had asked that question before we'd shot a frame of this season, that would've hurt my feelings. But I know we're doing amazing things right now and I'm excited for you to see that."


Dexter returns Sunday, September 30 at 9pm on Showtime.

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I'm not so thrilled about season 6, quite disappointment to say since season 5 is good but I'm very hopeful with season 7 because of new developments like Deb knows and she will have her own struggles. I cannot argue of course that season 1&2 are great but I have learn to accept that even in TV shows evolve.
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Every time a new season come out, there's always ppl complaining about it. You can't please everyone and a lot of ppl seem to have their own ideas of how a show should play out and when it doesn't they get disappointed. I just sit back and watch. I don't really read spoilers too much, I'd rather just see what the show delivers without preconceived notions.
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I loved season six. I have yet to be disappointed by a season of Dexter. the ONLY thing i didn't care for was that Deb was falling for Dexter romantically. I know they're not biological Bro and Sis, but still. I don't need to see that crap.
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Yeah, I've liked every season except the one with dexter's brunette mistress (season two?). I liked season six even if I didn't like Colin hanks, and maybe that because I was actually surprised by the fact that Gellar wasn't real. I don't get how people figured it out so early. And as to the Deb/Dexter plot, I guess I wasn't paying attention enough to see it coming, but that episode was the exact one that I finally got my sister to sit down for, so gawdamnit. It just seemed like it added some weirdness that wouldn't be there in real life.
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My only problem with season 6 was this......not enough Vince Masuka in it. Need to see more Vince before the series ends
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Absolutely. The skeezy outsider on a show is always the best. He's like the wizard in ugly americans.
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I still love this show. It's the one that makes me have all these feelings together. It goes into my mind and they way the play with it it's just incredible. Makes me feel plaeasure, guilt, fear, happiness and many more. M. C. Hall's performance is always so deep... let alone Jennifer Carpenter (I can't understand why is she never even nominated for big awards). I think it's being taken superficially and forgetting about that this is a journey about the mind of a person fighting with himself over and over.
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I'll keep watching until the end, but as many have said, the show is not as strong as it used to be. I remember being absolutely blown away by seasons 1 & 2. This was one of the best shows on tv, period. Season 3 was pretty good, and season 4 was really, really good. Season 5 was a bit of a dud. My least favorite season. Season six was decent, but certainly not great. One thing i remember thinking while watching season 6: Wow, this really isn't suspenseful. Not like the earlier seasons.
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Honestly, my confidence in this show getting back on track is pretty shaky right now. I'll give season 7 the three-episode trial (the way I do with the new series) and that's it. I actually fear for the worst: they've kept the same writing team (blargh!). I loved the part when the producer said that the big reveal of Professor Gellar wasn't no biggie at all! Sorry? Come again? So why did you people spend 8 episodes or so on it?? What a lame excuse!! Apart from that and Debra catching Dexter in the act, there was nothing else in that season. Please don't insult us! We've been insulted enough!
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This!
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If you people love Dexter you should download - legally of course - an English show called Luther. It makes Dexter seem tame and is the darkest show I've ever seen. There are only 10 episodes but oh what a ride...
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Yes, Luther was a deliciously dark mind-frack.
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Season 4 with John Lithgow was definitely the peak for me.....I compare every new season with season four and it always comes out lacking.....let's see what this new season will bring, but I'm not sure if I can take the fact that Deb's decided she's in love with Dex and now she gets to see his dark passenger....it's too wierd....
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I loved season 4 very very much, seasons 3,5 & 2 were amazing then comes the first season & season 6 was the weakest but it wasn't that bad either! I just wish two last seasons be as good as 4th season!
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Seasons 1 & 2 were clearly the best...
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I had no Problem with season 6 I liked.
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Yeah. Colin hanks was kinda meh compared to all the other baddies, but I liked it! I don't agree with all the hate on it.
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It wasn't bad I just had a hard time with Colin Hanks as a serial killer. He was wonderful on the Good Guys which pretty much everyone missed as it was cancelled after one season...
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Season 6 started off weak (first 3 eps). I refused to watch the rest. But then I ended up watching it all and was glad they righted the ship. Doesn't pack the same amount of steam as previous seasons but very solid performances and writing all around.
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stopped watching about half way through season 05... caught glimpses of season 06 as my partner continued watching but this show has gone way down hill. Season 04 was incredible and the show will never top that one which is why I think they are starting this one out with Deb catching him in the act, It has worked because I'm at least going to watch the first episode or two and therefor they have regained at least one viewer but it will have to be special to keep this one watching.
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LISTEN UP, WRITERS!



If you drag out the *full* reveal of Dexter's serial killing ways to Deb (vis-a-vis: "Deb, I snapped! This was a one time thing even though I ritualistically prepared a kill room. What? This old thing? I always wear a protective apron when I'm out and about.")



You get the idea. If that carries on for more than one episode, I'm done!



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If Deb stays true to her character, continues to be an intelligent hard-nosed cop, and doesn't believe Dexter's "I snapped" bullshit for a minute, then all will be forgiven.



Please don't fuck this up.
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Plan on it being drug out. What Crap.

http://www.tvfanatic.com/videos/dexter-season-7-premiere-first-two-minutes/
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After reading this article I'm feared that they will drag this storyline on for 2 years.

Unbelievable that the whole writing team is STILL the same despite all the bad reviews and critics. The only success Dexter had, was in viewership though, which means the team behind this show doesn't care about the core and legacy of this show at all. It's all about money. Why should I invest in such a show anymore when the "creative" team already gave up on it?



They've got one last chance to get it right.
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Well said, though I did hear the writers wanted to end it this season, but the network wanted two more. Hell, I hear now they're even pushing for a season 9.
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Oh, youre not done. Try you some Luther if you want something darker - this one is about some really messed up English blokes and makes Dexter look tame...



Oh, and if you don't love scary Alice, you have no heart...
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Yeah! What he said!
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I'm okay with Deb knowing. She does in the books and it's not a problem...
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What is this "visa vie" thing that you speak of? Is it possibly a new reality show in which people vie for a visa, allowing them into the country of their dreams?
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No, it's a game show in which people try to be as rancorously sarcastic as possible. I'm sure you'd do quite well.
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Well, we all have to make a living somehow, you know...



Your reply actually made me laugh out loud, which is always good (and this time I'm not being sarcastic).
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Haha! I made you laugh. You made me realize I should spell check when I write in French. Win-win.
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Aw balls... Price is covering it again. I guess maybe IGN instead then for reviews, when it airs.
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Let's agree to disagree then, cuz I enjoy Price's reviews.
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Season 6 was weak at best but Dexter's still Dexter so I reckon many will still give S07 a chance
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we cant wat wen s t comng out
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September 30, same day as a lot of other stuff.
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exactly...
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One of my friends actually said "The show only gets better and better, season six was fantastic.", so I guess some people actually liked it.
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I'm interested in how Deb deals with the fact that Dexter is a killer. What I'm not interested in is everything else. Season six was one of the worst seasons of television I've ever seen. This show has had some incredible seasons, but this last year in particular was beyond awful and one of the biggest falls from grace. I do believe that this season will be a little better than last year, but I don't believe it will come close to returning to the glory days. I'll tune in early on, but I may stop watching if it's going to be as bad or worse than last year.
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Hard to be worse than last year. But I also may stop watching if I don't like what I see in the first few episodes.
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You lie, Fringy...
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"No, nothing in that regard would be different." So, bad writing, characters making dumb things, and plot holes. :(



I think I'll stick by my decision to not watch any more Dexter. The problems aren't new, they have always been there to some extent... but I just don't get any enjoyment from the show anymore.
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I think it was Tim Surrete who pointed out that aaside from Deb the other supporting characters all pretty much suck and not due to the acting.
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Bravo Price. The question had to be asked. I wish the cast and crew would acknowledge how awful Season 6 was. The only hope for Season 7 is for the underlying story to improve, since it looks like the awful writing will continue.
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Would you criticize the company you worked for publicly? Nobody would. Same here with these guys. At the end of the day, it's a job like any other. You just make up excuses for failure; therefore, they'll never acknowledge it. I just hope they would learn something from it; there were so many bad moves in terms of writing...
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Price, I foresee some awesome commentary coming up on this season. I look forward to it.
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Season 6 was not great but I personally thought that it was far better than Season 5.
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Good on you for calling them out. The fact that they can't even recognize or admit how bad last season was doesn't bode well for s7.
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They should have ended this series after Season 4. It's been downhill since then.
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Thank God the networks don't listen to you. They're already cancle- happy. Don't give them anymore bad ideas than they already have...
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Uh-huh. Did you enjoy the last couple of seasons? How about that series finale? Dexter was a great show that quickly turned into an awful show.
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I liked how season 1 had a main story line going on throughout the whole season but each episode had it's own independent story. My main problem with the two most recent seasons were they were just about the main story with no side story.
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Season 6 had no side story? LOL

How about Deb's feelings for Dex? It was set up way nicely and built up over the entire season. We'll see how big a role that personal drama will play in season 7.



In season 5 the emotional side-story was Dex finding short-lived acceptance.



Or do you mean only kill side-stories?

I don't mind him killing less. In enjoy the focus on emotional growth.



As much as I like the Deb/Dex romance possibility (I think it fits perfectly!), season 6 was pretty bad, yes. So I'll say season 7 will be better again.

I do not believe it is possible to come up with a less interesting case than the Doomsday killer.



I can't wait for season 7!
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Thanks for asking the tough question, Price. While I still enjoyed season 6, the writing was definitely not up to par for the series. As to the reveal of Edward James Olmos' character being dead: not once did I hear anything about a secret not being kept to that fact. Everyone on this and other boards, including myself, knew right away that his character wasn't real because the writing wasn't good enough to hide that fact or keep us guessing.



Sara Colleton telling you that the writing team is the same doesn't evoke any confident expectations on my part, but hopefully they've learned from the mistakes of last season and can get things back on track.
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Sheesh, so people still feel Season 6 was worse than Season 5? Hmm, just hated Season 5 and thought 6 was better than 3.
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I do think 6 was better than 3. 4 was so darn great,I just don't see 7 or 8 being better.
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You said it! This show has fallen off BIG TIME! There was once a time where this and Breaking Bad were possibly equally compelling but Dexter just couldn't hack it and now we suffer for 2 more years until they lay this bitch to rest. What do the actors know! It always, always comes down to writing and the fact that they are sticking with the same writers who have steadily degraded the show only points the show in one direction. Down. Actors will say whatever they have to, they have publicists and they have been briefed on how to sell the show now matter how bad, they are actors. They fake it.
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There's no reason for you to suffer two more years of Dexter. Turn it off! I for one will continue watching it for that time because even if season 6 wasn't as good as some of the others (but I really liked the woman getting killed by the police in that episode) it's still better then most of the other stuff on TV today. I'd much rather watch reruns of last season's Dexter then watch any new episode of any "reality/music/talent/etc." show on TV anytime.
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That's what I'm talkin' about...
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