Dexter Season 8 Premiere: What To Expect

Well, it’s almost here folks. Dexter returns this Sunday, June 30th for its eighth and final season, and I’ve been lucky enough to have already watched the first four episodes! I’m not going to preview or tease anything other than the premiere episode “A Beautiful Day”, and I’ll be avoiding any major spoilers at all, but I will be discussing all of the events for the first seven seasons. However, if you don’t want to know anything about the season eight premiere at all, then I guess you should stop reading now. For everybody else, buckle up, because something tells me this is gonna be a crazy final season!

The season eight premiere picks up a whole six months after the gut-wrenching finale of season seven, as we get a good glimpse at how LaGuerta’s death has affected the members of Miami Metro. Dexter remains mostly unaffected, as is his modus operandi when it comes to death, but that’s definitely not the case for the rest of his colleagues. Quinn, Masuka, Jamie and Batista are all handling it to varying degrees of difficulty, but Debra is definitely taking it the hardest. I don’t want to spoil anything here, but if you check out the clips that Showtime has released then you’ll be able to see just how much Debra has changed as a character. They’ve made huge changes to her character not only mentally and emotionally, but physically as well. Jennifer Carpenter has had to go to some very dark places to play Debra Morgan over these past seven years, but she just might be in her darkest place yet in “A Beautiful Day”. Not only did she kill an innocent person in Maria LaGuerta, but she killed someone who she had grown to appreciate and respect like the maternal figure she hasn’t had for years. They’ve had their differences and disagreements, for sure, but there’s always been a lot of mutual respect there.

Debra and Dexter’s relationship has been to some very difficult places over the years as well, but that relationship is at an all-time low in this episode. Debra is of course partially blaming her brother for LaGuerta’s death since he was responsible for putting her in that terrible situation, and that is causing her to make quite a big change in her life (that I won’t spoil here). It’s this big change that introduces one of our big new guest stars for this season: Sean Patrick Flannery of Boondock Saints fame. I won’t say exactly what Flannery’s character Jacob Elway is doing in the season eight premiere, as it might spoil Debra’s storyline a bit, but he seems to be pretty interesting so far. He might come off a bit boring and bland in the premiere, but he definitely rounds out quite nicely in the next few episodes. His character might be somewhat of a slow burn.

The other big guest star, and definitely the guest star with the more immediate payoff, is English actress Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Rampling plays a professor and writer who is lovingly referred to as “The Psychopath Whisperer”, and she’s brought in by Miami Metro to help investigate a possible serial killer in town (a la Frank Lundy in season four). Not only does Rampling bring an immediate sense of gravitas and importance to her role, but she also accounts for the biggest “Holy crap!” moment in the premiere. I definitely won’t spoil it here, but suffice it to say that you really need to make sure your DVR catches the last couple minutes of the premiere episode. If there’s ever been a season of Dexter that hits the ground running as much as season eight, I can’t think of it.

The guest star that all the fellas are interested in seeing make a return is the lovely Yvonne Strahovski as Hannah McKay. While she doesn’t show up right away, she does make an appearance in several episodes this season, but not until episode six. You’re gonna have to wait a few more weeks to see her, guys! I’m sorry!

While I may have seen more of Dexter season eight than most people, I still haven’t seen how it all ends. That’s the topic of our little TV chat this time: How will Dexter end? Will the rest of Miami Metro finally find out who he is? Will Dexter live through the end of the series? Will Debra kill him? Will Quinn ever stop being an insufferable douche? Will Masuka ever settle down with a nice young woman?

All of these questions and more will be answered soon, but first, sound off in the comments section below with your prediction of how Dexter will end. Don’t forget to check back in Sunday night when my spoiler-filled review gets posted so we can dish about the “Holy crap!” moment I mentioned. It’s a doozy!