Even after six seasons, Dexter still botches a kill now and then. At the moment, he's trying to take out a nasty-looking thug, but the blade in Michael C. Hall's hand won't flip into position. He flips once — nothing. Again, nope. Third time, Hall just flings the thing and starts laughing. Which gets the thug laughing, which gets everybody on the Dexter set laughing, too.
"You'd think I'd know how to slash a throat," Hall says, breaking character. You'd think. But you'd also think meticulous Dexter would have locked the cathedral door behind him last season before plunging a sword into poor Colin Hanks' chest on the church altar. In Season 6's unholy finale, Dexter offed Hanks' Travis "Doomsday Killer" Marshall with his trademark efficiency and calm. Only this time, there was a witness — Dexter's saucer-eyed sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter).
For Dexter, Deb and breathless fans alike (not to mention shrink-wrapped Travis), it was a stunning twist — years in the teasing — that instantly reinvigorated a so-so season just as it ended. It also sets up the series for its conclusion next season. As Hall says, "It was, like, knife-in-chest, Debra sees it, reset-button-on-the-show. Everything is suddenly reframed, recontextualized, more complicated and more layered, not just for the audience but for us as actors."
Dexter Morgan has been nearly outed by co-worker (R.I.P., Doakes), landed on the Ice Truck Killer's table and discovered his dead wife in a bathtub of blood. But never before has Dexter's titular hero landed himself in such a pickle as being left for dead in the middle of the ocean.
In Season 6's penultimate episode Dexter (Michael C. Hall) neglected to take care of himself following the Wormwood incident at the station, leaving him easy prey to be kidnapped by Doomsday Killer Travis (Colin Hanks), who left the serial-killing blood spatter analyst in the middle of the sea surrounded by fire. However, swimming ashore is the least of Dexter's worries once Travis sets his sights on... Harrison.
Showtime renews Dexter for two more seasons
Will Dexter be able to save his son from certain death? TVGuide.com spoke with executive producer Sara Colleton to get the scoop on their final showdown. Plus: What's with Deb's naughty dreams about her brother?!
Lou Diamond Phillips will guest-star on the Season 4 premiere of TNT's Southland, TVGuide.com has learned.
Southland recruits Lucy Liu for Season 4
The former NUMB3RS and Stargate Atlantis star will play Danny Ferguson, a physically intimidating beat cop who is deeply cynical about law enforcement. His views cause more than a little tension with Ben (Benjamin McKenzie) and Sammy (Shawn Hatosy), but when the time comes to put up or shut up, Ferguson proves to be an exceptional officer...
Tonight's Top Pick: When worlds collide, Fox's cult gem Fringe (9/8c) is at the top of its game. You've never seen a murder-mystery manhunt like tonight's chilling and provocative episode, in which the Fringe team from the "other" world enlists "our" Olivia to cross over to track down a serial killer in the alt-universe — by bringing along the madman's doppelganger from our world, who happens to be a professor specializing in forensic pathology and profiling. The "what-if" vibes are fascinating as the professor — and by extension everyone in the dual-universe loop — considers the vagaries of fate and environment when confronted with "the path not taken." The story is suspenseful, poignant and wonderfully original. And in case you're wondering why Walter stays behind, surrounding himself with a cacophony of music: It may have something to do with that nagging disembodied voice he can't stop hearing. Hurry home soon, Peter Bishop!
My Boys may be dead, but Jordana Spiro sure isn't. She's set to appear on Dexter next season... hmmm, maybe we should be worried about her.
Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?
The sixth season of the Showtime series will explore Dexter's struggle to find something to pass onto his son besides his Dark Passenger. With faith among the things he's exploring, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will come across Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos), a renowned professor of religious study, and Travis (Colin Hanks), an antiquities restorer at the Miami Museum. Spiro will play...