Usually when you have a show like “Dexter,” it is a tradition for the primary guest stars to turn up for one season and one season only. Just look at Julia Stiles, Jimmy Smits, John Lithgow, or Colin Hanks for evidence of just how this is done. There are only a few examples of an actor appearing and actually staying put for a while, with Desmond Harrington (Quinn) and Aimee Garcia (Jamie) being two of the primary examples.
So is Yvonne Strahovski’s Hannah McKay a one-season kind of girl, or are we poised now to see her return as a major part of the show’s eighth and final season? Well, let’s go back in time here in order to try and best answer this question. Prior to the “Chuck” star’s casting for the role, the initial casting announcement said that this was going to be a role that lasted for potentially both season 7 and the show’s eighth and final go-around. It was clear from the get-go that they were not planning to kill Hannah off during the finale, or have her suddenly disappear into the night.
What they have done instead now is put Hannah in a position where it will be a grave disappointment if she does not return. Typically on this show, the villains are labeled as such because they are going after Dexter. However, this is a case now of someone who specifically wants Deb six feet under so that she and Dexter can possibly be together. In spite of the fact that he locked her up, the fact that Hannah has not ratted him out suggests that there are still feelings there, and she she may still be willing to do what Dexter cannot in order for them to be together.
So while we cannot say that she will be a part of every episode, we would be stunned if we do not see Strahovski at all next season, especially after the plant she “gifted” Dexter in the closing minutes. Was this possibly meant as a parting gift before leaving town, a convenient way to write her off for a while? Sure, but this is the show’s final season coming up, and she is now one of the many loose ends that will have to be dealt with along with Stiles’ Lumen, another love of Dexter’s who is floating around out there.
Do you think we will see Strahovski next season, and do you think we should? If you want to hear some more early details about “Dexter” season 8, you can do so over at the link here.