As TVRage's 'Dexter' reviewer, I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this season has been a pretty big letdown. I had high hopes that the series would recover after two terrible seasons.
Luckily, the last two episodes have seen the series regaining some momentum and changing the rules - which, in its pentultimate season, should have been happening already.
Michael C. Hall, who plays Dexter, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his character and where he finds himself now. This contains spoilers for what has happened, so read with caution.
Our boy is in love with Hannah, who shares his Dark Pa...wait. The Dark Passenger is no more; Dexter is his own man, free to make his own decisions and live with them, per last week's episode. Deb knows her brother's scret - as does LaGuerta and Matthews (at least, they think they might). It feel like something big is brewing. Here are some highlights from that interview.
THR: Hannah has gotten not only into his heart but his head and Dexter is wondering if he can close the book on his Dark Passenger. Is that something Dexter could ultimately do?
Hall: I think that's attractive in its way because we all can relate to reaching a threshold in life where we are seduced by the liberating nature of taking full responsibly of the things we've done and everything we've been but there's another side to that. Dexter is the master of compartmentalization and there's no greater testament to that than his conception of his Dark Passenger. For him to be more a more fully integrated individual is something that's very appealing to him but it's also physiologically dangerous at this point because it would mean that he's not only fully responsible for all the foes he's vanquished but also fully responsible for the ways in which people in his life have been implicated by his compulsion. He's in pretty unchartered and hot psychological water right now and I'm not sure how he's going to find or fight his way out of it.
THR: LaGuerta is still looking into the Bay Harbor Butcher case -- how might Dexter navigate her this time considering she has Matthews working alongside her?
Hall: We'll see him deal with Matthews face-to-face and start to try and get him off the scent but it's a tough proposition. I think Matthews lets him in on the details of the investigation on the one hand because he cares about Dexter and doesn't want to believe it's true but on the other hand, he's gauging Dexter's response to see if there's anything suspicious about him and Dexter is aware of that. The show is always compelling when you see Dexter backed into corners and he's in several at this point (laughs). Part of the fun of watching it is to see him fight his way out, whether physically or with his wits.
THR: The timing of Hector Estrada's release -- he's the last surviving man connected to Dexter's mother's death -- is very suspect considering LaGuerta's investigation into Dexter. Might the two be connected?
Hall: Maybe! It's a good observation.