I have a confession to make. No, I’m not a serial killer, but I’m a huge fan of Showtime’s “Dexter” series and Michael C. Hall. Apparently, some people didn’t love seasons 5 and 6, but I don’t get it. I have loved every season, so perhaps I’m not the most discerning critic of this show. Nevertheless, here’s my recommendation.
Season 7 will be released May 14, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray. With new characters and the stakes rising for Dexter, I, for one, found the season to be riveting. As the show continues, you have to suspend more and more disbelief, but of course, that’s part of the fun.
If you have NOT watched through the end of season 6, however, look away! Save yourself! There will be season 6 spoilers in the paragraphs to come, and yes, there will be blood. (I promise not to disclose anything more about season 7, though, than is in the season’s trailer or previously published synopses.)
At the end of season 6, we were left with one helluva cliffhanger as Dexter’s stepsis, Deb (played by Jennifer Carpenter), finally admitted to herself that she’s in love with her stepbrother, only to walk in on one of his kills, changing their relationship forever.
Season 7 picks up where 6 left off, and we’re now in a world where Deb knows all about her brother’s secret. What transpires is a fascinating look at, arguably, television’s most complicated relationship.
Reviewing “Dexter” without spoilers is hardly easy. What I’ll tell you is that the writers put Dexter in some interesting new situations. His so-called “code” gets stretched and taxed further than before, especially when he finds a beautiful new girlfriend named Hannah McKay, played by Yvonne Strahovski of “Chuck.”
Who would have thought that Dexter would find a woman with whom he has so much in common? Their relationship culminates in what is one of the creepiest sex scenes you’ll ever see.
Naturally, considering Deb’s confused feelings for Dexter, you can expect her to clash with Hannah – but not entirely for the reasons you’d think. Deb’s knowledge of her brother’s secret also complicates her relationship with Lt. Maria LaGuerta, played by Lauren Velez, as the lieutenant begins to close in on Dexter’s true identity. Dexter’s girlfriend also gets in the way of Deb’s new love interest played by Santiago Cabrera of “Heroes.”
Jason Gedrick shows up as a dangerous owner of a strip club, and Detective Quinn (played by Desmond Harrington) stupidly gets involved with one of the strippers. More complications? You bet! LOTS of complications.
My favorite guest star of the season, though, is Ray Stevenson from “Rome” and “The Book of Eli.” As Isaak Sirko, a Ukrainian mobster in designer duds, Stevenson is equal parts sexy and menacing. He’s a formidable foe for Dexter when the two accidentally clash.
The DVD set includes all 12 episodes of the season with the usual shocking final episode at the end. I won’t tell you what happens, of course, but if you’re like me, you won’t believe it even as you see it! The extras in the disc set include the pilot of “Ray Donovan” and the first two episodes of season 1 of “House of Lies” and season 2 of “The Borgias.”
I can’t wait for season 8 of “Dexter” to start June 30 on Showtime, but the bad news is that the upcoming season will be the last for the series. Will everyone find out Dexter’s identity? Will he remain a mild-mannered blood spatter expert except with no one alive the wiser? Will he be killed or jailed? Or will he escape to live out his days somewhere else? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Meanwhile, if you’re behind on the seasons, now is your chance to catch up so that you can be ready to see the final word on “Dexter.” If you gave up after season 6, you’re missing out. Watch season 7, and you’ll see what I mean.