Flipping the channel

By Khrystyna Halatyma
Executive In-Depth Editor|
Season seven of Dexter is the most twisted yet — and that’s saying something when it comes to Dexter Morgans (Michael C. Hall) life. The season started with Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), Dexters sister, finding out that he is a serial killer.
This confrontation was admittedly a little disappointing. Deb went off on her usual rampage of swearing and then tried to get her brother into, “rehab”. Little did she know, there is no known cure for being a murderer; or, as Dexter likes to call it, his “dark passenger”.
The big surprise came when Dexter, about to kill his newest victim, Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski), but instead ends up having sex with her. To the dedicated Dexter followers out there this was a mind blowing shock. Why? Because in the first four seasons Dexter was more or less asexual.
His character development relies on the fact that he does not feel; no remorse, no conscience, no arousal. Now the question viewers are asking is, “Are the writers simply running out of ideas or this part of some unknown bigger picture?”
The latest episode, “Helter Skelter” didn’t do much except raise more questions and adrenaline. Dexter comes face-to-face with something scarier than any killer he’s ever dealt with before: love.
I like that writers are mixing up the themes in the show, but it leaves with one very big concern. Can this mean Dexter is near its last couple of seasons? Everyone knows it is rare for a show to go into double digit seasons (Friends, NCIS, Simpsons).
I, along with thousands of dedicated viewers, can only sit back, enjoy the twists and plummets and hope with all my heart that Dexter will continue to be a part of my Sunday nights.