Showtime brought the stars and producers of Dexter before the Television Critics Association this week to discuss their upcoming seventh season. Season Six ended with the cliffhanger of Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) walking in on Dexter (Michael C. Hall) killing Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks).
Everybody’s been waiting for this moment, but Hall said the new plot line is even more monumental than you could imagine. “I think it is without a doubt the most fundamentally gamechanging a development as we’ve had since we started telling this story,” Hall said. “One of the things that we’ve always been able to count on is that Dexter’s secret is his own, and it’s not anymore. It’s been so invigorating to play these scenes, to be preoccupied in ways that Dexter’s never been required to be preoccupied. And to, in the seventh season of the TV show, have that genuine sense is pretty remarkable, I think.”
Even Deb, his own sister, might not be safe from Dexter now. Executive producer Scott Buck says that is a good question. “Dexter is a serial killer,” Buck said. “The thought has to at least have crossed his mind at some point that that would be an easy solution to his whole problem.”
Some new guest stars join Dexter and Deb this Season. Yvonne Strahovski was with the TCA to explain her role. “I play Hannah McKay, who comes into the story in Episode 3. It’s safe to say that Hannah McKay has a dark past that is slowly revealed as the episodes go on, and she holds some secrets. She meets Dexter because she’s helping the Miami Police Department on a case to solve a case that’s been around for a while.”
Ray Stevenson was not present to discuss his role, so Hall explained who he would be playing. “He brings a real gravity, weight, complexity,” Hall said. “He’s playing a character who certainly has his darkness but also his uniqueness and nuance. And he manages to convey it all in a way that, to the outside eye, seems pretty effortless.”
Dexter returns September 30 on Showtime. Check back with Fanhattan for more with the cast of Dexter.