PROFANE, VISCERAL, always unnerving,
occasionally laugh-out-loud funny: For eight
seasons, Dexter was bloody good TV.
Based on Jeff Lindsay’s 2004 novel,
Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the Showtime series
introduced viewers to a one-of-a-kind character: a vigilante serial killer audiences actually rooted for.
A monster yearning to be human was the
core premise of Dexter, which concluded its
rollicking, riveting and occasionally maddening 96-episode run in September. The entire
series now arrives on DVD, giving viewers the
chance to spend quality time with a truly
unique cast of characters.
There’s Deb, Dexter’s foul-mouthed sister
(there is no truth to persistent online specula-
tion that the character will appear in a spin-off
series, says Dexter executive producer Sara
Colleton); Harry, Dexter’s adoptive father,
beyond-the-grave conscience and technical
adviser; and comic foil Vince Masuka. The
beating heart of the series, though, is Dexter,
played by Michael C. Hall, in a performance
that stands in stark contrast to his previous
role as undertaker David Fisher in HBO’s Six
“He’s just an amazing actor,” says Colleton
of Hall, who garnered five Emmy nominations
for his portrayal of the blood-spatter-expert-slash-serial-killer. “I can’t imagine the show
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would have ever succeeded
Dexter succeeded for
eight seasons, an eternity in
TV. “After we finished the
pilot, we said, ‘Well, this really
appeals to us, some high-toned critics and a couple of
other people, but we had no
idea it was going to hit the
way it did,” says Colleton. “It
was so gratifying.”
Dexter’s fate was a source
of speculation since the show’s
first episode; as with so many
series finales, the conclusion is
sure to divide audiences. Colleton, though,
says she’s satisfied with the ending. “It’s the ending I always envisioned from the very start,” she
says. “I think Dexter made the journey he was
destined to make, and where he ends up feels
natural and right for him.”—Chris Powell
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