Let’s start this “Dexter” article out with a massive warning: if you have not watched the season 7 finale for the show yet, you really need to walk away from this article right now. Trust us, you’ll be much happier that you did.
If you are still reading, we’re assuming that you are still trying your best to process what just went down on tonight’s episode, and with that in mind we will do just about everything we can to help. Let’s begin with this simple question: where in the world does the show go from here? Deb was the one to pull the trigger on LaGuerta, and thus killed her rather than sending her brother to an early grave over what he was going to do to LaGuerta. As executive producer Scott Buck explains in the video below, this puts Jennifer Carpenter’s character in a rather delicate position moving forward: as he puts it, “it forever bonds them together in tragedy … It takes them to a place that they have never been before.”
Buck also adds that it was important for the writers to paint Dexter here as an actual “serial killer,” and not just a superhero who takes down people who do bad things. LaGuerta does not even remotely fit the Code, and this makes him no different ultimately than Hannah (who is seemingly now back out on the run after surviving the finale and escaping from police custody).
While season 8 is still in the writing stages, Buck explained that we are going to get more of a glimpse into the man Dexter is, in addition to the killer he is now:
“What I’m finding interesting about season 8 is that we’ll be able to explore his origin. We’ll be able to see new parts of Dexter that we did not know before existed.”
One final dish from the video to share: the reaction shots by Deb to shooting LaGuerta were all unscripted, and it just proves yet again how fantastic and Emmy-worthy Carpenter has been all season long. This is why she is one of our picks for Best Dramatic Actor of 2012.
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