'Dexter' stars defend series, tout season 7

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A TV critic took the Dexter team to task for season six, saying that the consensus among reviewers was the it was the show’s weakest outing.

The sixth season’s storyline featured a religion theme, with guest stars Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks playing a twisted serial killer duo (later revealed to be one delusional person). The drama often seemed contrived and unbelievable, though the show delivered a shocking finale twist when Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) discovered Dexter (Michael C. Hall) executing his latest victim.

Hall and Carpenter largely sidestepped the issue of last season and instead took the opportunity to champion the show’s upcoming seventh season episodes.

“Whatever your opinion about the ranking the seasons, Dexter is never more compelling than when he is in trouble,” Hall told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour. “And he’s never been in deeper trouble than he is now.”

Added Carpenter: “If you had asked that question before we shot a single frame this season, it might have hurt my feelings … I’m really excited about showing you what we’ve done.”

Indeed, this exchanged happened moments after we posted a Showtime story that opined how the seventh season premiere was more compelling than any episode in the sixth season. The upcoming season, debuting Sept. 30, features Ray Stevensen (Rome) playing a Russian mob overlord and, based on the premiere, seems laser focused on Debra trying to figure out Dexter’s secrets.

“It fundamentally changes [their dynamic] … it’s a relief and yet simultaneously a huge problem and a real bear for [them both] to wrestle with,” Hall added. “He has other, more traditional big bads to deal with, but I think the big thing to negotiate is her and their relationship and what she’s going to do with this information.”

One clip showed by the network even suggested a rather nuclear move: Dexter considering killing Debra?

“He’s a serial killer,” explained showrunner Scott Buck. “It has to at least cross his mind that that would be an easy solution to his problem.”

As for whether Dexter’s eighth season will be its last, Hall echoed earlier comments by Showtime’s entertainment president: “It’s difficult in the midst of shooting this seventh season with a vague sense final episodes of the eighth season being the last to imagine it going beyond that,” he said. “But we finished the first season and I sort of thought we should stop — What are we going to do now?”

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