Dexter sucks. It has for some time. Sure, we watch to see if the series can ever reclaim what it once had but I believe that candle has burned out forever. The series still does good ratings for Showtime, but Homeland has quickly surpassed it as the jewel of its Sunday night lineup.
Yvonne Strahovski joined the series this season and her Hannah McKay character is interesting. She has similarities to Dexter and showed no fear in the face of certain death when Dexter threw her on the table. Of course, this just turned both of them on...weirdos.
The two havetried to stay apart, but their feelings for one another are too strong. It's like our own, non-white trash version of Natural Born Killers.
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Strahovski about playing Hannah, where the character is going and if Deb and Hannah can become best buds down the line. Here are some highlights:
The Hollywood Reporter: How are we going to see Hannah's and Dexter's relationship progress?
Yvonne Strahovski: It turns out can't really help themselves. The question now is what will Dexter do now that Debra has asked him to handle Hannah McKay. Does he like Hannah enough to ignore Debra's request? Which woman in his life will he choose?
Dex can be himself around Hannah, who's OK with the fact that he's a serial killer. Does that give her an advantage?
It gives her a big advantage. We can see Dexter struggling with the fact that he's really allowing himself to fall for her. The big one for him is that he doesn't have to hide anything. It goes back to the beautiful connection between Hannah and Dexter where she says, "We look out for each other. That's pretty big for people like us," and she puts her hand on his heart. It's the first time you really see Dexter emotionally connecting with somebody in the series. It definitely sets up a big emotional struggle with the feelings he's developing for Hannah and the family loyalty and the feelings he has for Debra.
We see in the promo that Dexter tells Deb that he has fallen for Hannah. What might Deb and Hannah's confrontation look like?
We all know Debra is a pretty feisty character, so you put one feisty woman against another feisty woman and there's bound to be some kind of drama. We see a little snippet of that in the preview and it's a question of how far is Debra going to push it. With her character struggling with these weird feelings she's having for Dexter and she's also trying to find her power again. It could be that part of Debra regaining her strength as an individual might be pursuing her career even further -- like she said, the music to her ears is a jail door slamming shut.
Can both Hannah and Deb survive this season?
That's a very good question. We see Hannah survive one of the worst possible situations you can get yourself into on Dexter: No one has ever survived the kill table. It indicates that Dexter couldn't go through with it because he has these feelings. We're going to be asking ourselves, "Who is going to survive?" There are a lot of high emotions, loyalties and revelations for Dexter and he'll struggle with that because the more comfortable he is around Hannah and not having to hide who he is, the more he wants to keep her in his life.
Might Hannah target Deb in order to keep her life happy?
I mean you will have to see just how much of an obstacle Debra poses. That's all I'm going to say (laughs).
Does Deb's relation to Dexter -- a guy Hannah seems to care for -- mean she's safe?
It could go either way. Debra up to this point has accepted what Dexter does; she's his boss and she's covering for him and she's almost starting to crossover into that dark side herself. Anything could happen; maybe she'll accept more of that darkness and maybe she won't and she'll fight it. That's anybody's death.
What separates from Hannah from Lumen?
Lumen killed out of circumstance and that led her to seek justice and once that was handled she needed to move on. If she had stayed with Dexter, she would have become part of that dark world. Killing was a momentary thing for her. For Hannah, it's an ongoing life because she was involved with a serial killer when she was 15 and she stabbed a woman to death when she was 15. She hasn't been able to escape that and she's inevitably proud of that world. They're sort of two very different circumstances.