‘Dexter’ executive producer dishes on next season

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Still. Can’t. Breathe.
If you saw Sunday’s “Dexter” season finale, it’s possible you’re still breathing into a paper sack because the thing that was this close to happening is perhaps the biggest game-changer we can imagine. But here’s what you don’t know: It might still be on the way.

So where does Showtime’s gripping serial-killer series go from here? Here’s what executive producer Sara Colleton spilled to me:
Deb will find out Dexter’s secret

At least, it certainly sounds like that is the over-arching plan, based on what Colleton told me about Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) coming (fuzzy) face to (fuzzy) face with her bloody-knife-weilding vigilante brother in tonight’s season ender.

When asked if Deb will ever find out about Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) secret, Colleton replies: “At some point that is an inevitable thing, and that will be an important season in Dexter’s history for that to happen.” Based on the near heart attack many of us suffered when Deb busted in on Dexter and Lumen’s crime scene tonight, that’s a pretty good bet!

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Dexter & Deb are Calling it Quits!

Don’t worry. They will both be back for season 6 of Dexter as the odd sibling pair we so dearly love.

However, the actors who portray them have filed for divorce.

Michael and Jennifer, who wed in Dec 2008, are calling the split amicable and have reportedly been split up for an unspecified amount of time.

One can only assume they wanted to wait until the season finale to make the official announcement.

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall are calling it quits.

The Dexter stars, who play brother and sister on the Showtime series, are ending their two-year marriage, their reps tell Entertainment Weekly.

“Having been separated for some time, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall have filed for divorce,” the reps say in a joint statement.

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Wonderful LA Times article about the Dexter finale

‘Dexter’ executive producer discusses the fifth-season finale’s heartbreak and healing

The genius of this Showtime series and Michael C. Hall’s Emmy-nominated performance has always resided in how much viewers love and root for this serial killer. Last season, we were punched in the gut when Dexter discovered his wife murdered in their bathtub. Now, after a season of mourning and grief, again there is pain. But this time, it’s arguably more profound.

We’ve spent five years hoping that Dexter indeed will be able to experience human connection, and to love and be fully loved. And he came so close with Lumen, played spectacularly by Julia Stiles in her first TV role. But the death of Jordan Chase (the strikingly creepy Johnny Lee Miller) brings Lumen closure and a realization that she is not like Dexter and cannot be his life partner. Their goodbye scene was absolutely heartbreaking.

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The Dexter Season 5 Finale!

Beware: Spoilers!

The finale of Dexter Season 5 aired tonight. Like many of you, I waited in major anticipation as to what what would happen. At the end of last week’s episode, they aired the finale preview. That one single preview was perhaps more of an “OMG” moment than the entire episode, as it showed Deb catching Dexter and Lumen RED handed at the scene of the crime. Now, we already know that Dexter somehow always finds his way out of the most impossible situations, and while I believed it would be the case that he would evade official “capture”, the preview scene really had me thinking “Deb CAUGHT Dexter”, there is NO way out of that one for him. While that was not an exciting thought in terms of Dexter’s possible loss of freedom and the state putting a needle in his arm, I came to the conclusion that maybe it really was time for his sister to know about Dexter’s dark passenger.

I had also come to enjoy Dexter having a true partner in crime, aka Lumen. It took a while to warm up to her character. After all, she wasn’t exactly warm and fuzzy after barely escaping Boyd’s evil plans to dispose of her in a barrel.  But in the end, I was liking how their relationship grew; from two people immersed for their own reasons, in the darkness of Boyd Fowler’s world, to the odd but dynamic duo they were becoming.

We watched as Dexter rescued her from her imprisoned death chamber, the battle of right and wrong storming within him, deciding whether to either forever silence her and add her to his blood slide collection, or in a moment of blind trust, let her go. The stages of their complexity deepened as Dexter tried in vain to send her out of Miami and ultimately out of his life, to their ultimate teaming up and joining forces as she slowly became his dark protege, his sinister student, all in the name of bringing the evil of Jordan Chase and friends to a bloody end. And in the end, we saw a new Dexter emerge, with a sense of feeling human and accepted.

For those reasons, I was not happy to see her just walk away, her own dark passenger having faded away. The scene of Dexter throwing the plate and sinking to the floor in what appeared to be full, raw, human emotion, was perhaps the first we’ve ever seen of Dexter’s heart being truly broken.

Out of all the people he’s crossed paths with that had a glimpse into his urges and needs, Rudy, Lila, Miguel, Trinity, Lumen was the innocent victim and unlikely partner in crime. And of course unlike them, did NOT end up taking a way one trip on Dexter’s boat!

‘Don’t be sorry your darkness is gone. I’ll carry it for you. Always. I’ll keep it with mine,’

So, while I do love the way they left next season open to any and all wild possibilities, I am somewhat disappointed that the Lumen chapter is over, and in some really odd way, I’m a little let down that Deb remains in the dark about her brother’s truth.

All that said, I have no doubt that Season 6 will bring even more suspense, surprises and delicious new plot twists than we can begin to imagine.

For those who have not yet seen the season finale, here is the preview!