Showtime has directly confirmed that Season 8 of the hit drama Dexter starring Michael C. Hall as a serial killer with an ethics code will be the show’s last.
The confirmation came not from an event or press release, but via the first clip released from the upcoming season that included a new title card with the final season proclamation. It’s a simple yet effective image that amps up the stakes for all the characters entangled in Dexter’s twisted world of lies.
In the clip, Dexter runs into a clearly unstable Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in a grocery store. It quickly comes out that Deb has been avoiding Dexter and she’s extremely upset with him over what transpired in the Season 7 finale. In fact – spoilers ahead – she tells her brother straight up that she shot the wrong person in the shipping crate, and Dexter’s not quite sure how to respond to that.
To be fair, Deb is seen drinking beer in the grocery store and there’s no telling how many she had downed at that moment in time. I’d say she has had more than a couple and looks to have passed the stage of tipsy. She’s clearly distraught and is struggling to accept the fact that she murdered an innocent person to protect her brother, absolutely not an innocent person.
Dexter is used to dealing with those who get too close to his secret by either using his physical or verbal tools. Deb is different, and Dexter’s usual BS routine to calm her down doesn’t appear to be working. This is a possible seed to Dexter and Deb’s relationship not having a happy ending by the time the series comes to a conclusion.
Dexter: Season 8 begins the end on Sunday, June 30 on Showtime. That’s not a typo; Showtime is running the final season of Dexter a quarter early.