After spending the past six seasons keeping his Dark Passenger in the, uh, dark, Dexter's titular character will be forced out of the serial-killing closet in the season premiere.
So what does this mean for Dexter now? TVGuide.com turned to showrunner Scott Buck to get the scoop on how this reveal changes everything in the coming season, from his relationship with Deb to whom else might be coming after him.
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from both the previous and the upcoming season of Dexter. Read at your own risk.]
Dexter is in trooooouble!
When Dexter returns for its seventh — and penultimate — season, both viewers and their favorite serial-killing blood spatter analyst will discover just what happens when his secret is revealed.
The last we saw of Dexter (Michael C. Hall), he had finally delivered his own biblical form of vengeance upon Travis (Colin Hanks), who had left Miami in fear over where the Doomsday Killer would strike next. He had also kidnapped Dexter's son Harrison, which finally hit a nerve with the often emotionless Dexter, who then stuck it to Travis — literally — in the closing moments of the finale. Unfortunately, Dexter wasn't alone in that church, with Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) planning to profess her love to her brother before walking in on him driving a knife into Travis.
Dexter Boss on the Finale Twist: It's finally time to deal with [SPOILER!] head-on
Clearly, Deb's reaction will be Dexter's greatest obstacle this season as he's faced with someone finally taking off his mask. But...
Dexter's fifth season will find its hero struggling with a fundamental question: How does a serial killer react when one of his key connections to humanity is brutally murdered? "The through line this year is Dexter's atonement," executive producer Sara Colleton said at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Thursday. The journey isn't simple. Read on for the highlights of the panel...
If it werent for the last four minutes of tonights final Dexter I might have sworn off the series forever How could he not kill Lila The screen went black I was flabbergasted That false ending gave me a heart attack But alas our dear writers once again rose to the occasion giving us the kill we had been waiting for nearly all season And what a way to go First of all who would open a door to a cabin in the middle of nowhere with someone inside shouting Let me out Thank goodness Lilas as crazy as she is nay was Poor James I understand why he had to go the way he had to go but I am going to miss the big lug He wasnt such a bad guy However Im his soul mate were probably not the comforting words Doakes wanted to hear come of his potential rescuers mouth He should have known it was curtains for him at that point Lila was certainly in her element when Doakes told her that her beloved Dexter was the Butche
First of all 500 points to all the fish-head aficionados among you And 50 extra points to anyone who sang the song out loud when you read the words Secondly thanks to all of you eagle-eyed readers who caught my error when I inadvertently wrote that Dexter returned to the cabin to kill Doakes obviously more wishful thinking on my part I honestly dont know what Dex will do with Doakes but I will try to be more vigilant in my serial factsWith lines like Im the helpful handyman how evil can I possibly be this was one of the funniest Dexters yet Other good linesI always thought hardening arteries squeezed the life out of my father but it was meThats fine Tie me up put me in the trunk Lets goIve got a coworker in a cage things arent going so wellI really enjoyed our conversations James I lie to everyone I know except my victims right before I kill them Hard to establish much of a rapport there Sorry about the cageMas