In what will be a very heart-wrenching season for viewers of the hit series Dexter, which concludes this year, it’s also an emotional time for Dexter‘s Sara Colleton. The executive producer, who helped launch the Showtime serial killer drama eight seasons ago, is preparing the final episode of the show ever, so even talking to press feels emotional.“It’s the beginning of the end and it’s all crushing together,” she said onThursday, just days before Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and company return for the first of 12 final hours to see if both Dexter and his foster sister-turned-killer can survive the season.
So how have producers been preparing for the end? How will Charlotte Rampling’s Dr. Evelyn Vogel factor into complicated Morgan family dynamic considering Dexter and Deb’s father, Harry (James Remar) turned to her to help create the Dark Passenger? Knowing that Deb is really having a meltdown after killing her boss and friend last season, and Dexter constantly at another killer’s throat, literally. Will Deb and Dexter both survive this season? When asked, producer Colleton said, “They both should survive but we have a very involved season ahead of us so it’s not something to anticipate at this moment.”
With a loaded question, she answered how Dexter will apparently find out what it feels like to be human this season. “This isn’t going to come out of the blue; we’ve seen aspects of it starting in season two. By the end of season one when Dexter had his origin story and realized how he was created, he immediately began question, “Where was my choice? Was I born bad? Was I taught to be bad?” He started dealing with the fundamental aspects of being human. This season, they’re all going to come a cropper. All these things he’s pondered — like in season four, he had no idea that by toying with Trinity (John Lithgow) that he was putting Rita’s (Julie Benz) life and his family’s life in jeopardy but he was feeling like he was on top of his game and could have a great family life, live in the suburbs, be a great dad and be great at my job and keep the Dark Passenger happy. He knew he should have taken out Trinity earlier than he should have in that season but it was a hubris issue. That’s very human thing and he was punished in that the thing he cared about most in his life [Rita] was taken away from him. It was a devastating lesson,” said Sara Colleton, the show’s executive producer.
And the question everyone wanted to ask. How long has the production team and head writers known how the final scene of the series will play out? “For two years. [Showrunner] Scott Buck and [EP] Manny Coto are writing that last script. We have it all beaten out and we know what it’s going to be and we’ve known it for a long time. Hopefully it will be satisfying and give some people something to think about with this eight-year journey Dexter has taken and what he’s explored and what he’s tried to do and what he’s tried to become. Hopefully it will resonate with some insight for our audience. We all know that no matter what we do there are going to be a lot of people who are unhappy with it. We’re trying to not think about that and just think of what everyone who has been on the show from the beginning feels is right and that’s all we can do. No matter what we do we’ll still be excoriated,” Colleton concluded.