I tried to keep up with this season of “Dexter”, but it lost me a few episodes in when it began to stray from what should have been its main focus – Deb and Dex figuring out how to be together in this crazy world of ours that hates incest and serial killers. I know a lot of you have enjoyed the season so I’m not here to rain on your parade, and I plan on checking out the season finale to see if the ending (which I spoiled myself on) is totally glorious or just kinda dumb.
One thing I will say is that what I saw of Season 7 was most certainly a step up from Season 6 (which I unfortunately watched in its entirety). The reason for the uptick in quality? The endgame was in sight. The show was (more or less) set to wrap up at the end of next year’s Season 8, which meant the writers could minimize their wheel-spinning somewhat and move the pieces on the board closer to where they need to be for their intended finale, the nature and circumstances of which they claim are set in stone. But now there’s the vague threat of a Season 9 – which would mean that Season 8 could very well become an entire 12 episode cycle of nothing interesting happening at all. Combine that with the heavily fatigued premise, and we might have the very worst season of the show ever on our hands (this is “Dexter”, so that’s saying something).
Showrunner Scott Buck told Vulture, “It might be the last. That hasn’t been announced yet. We’ve been picked up for one more season, but whether that is the last one or not has not yet been determined.” He goes on to say that they have planned Season 8 to be the final season, but all that will change if Showtime decides to pony up for another one (a real risk since this thing still pulls in good ratings). I liked the first couple seasons of “Dexter”, so I’m hoping they’re able to go out with a bang. Stretching it out another year could potentially kill any chance of that happening.