Dexter Season 8 Panel [Comic-Con 2013]

Midway through its 8th season now, Showtime’s Dexter is the show that put Showtime on the radar. Not only has it been immensely popular as a premium TV show, but it was arguably the best show of all-time when it was at its best. Starting out in a tiny room when they came to Comic-Con years ago, Dexter made its last appearance in San Diego earlier tonight. Acting more as a farewell than a preview, the panel was the highlight of the evening, as it brought the executive producers and most all regular cast members together. This includes Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, David Zayas, Aimee Garcia, and Yvonne Strahovski. The surprises, though, were Lauren Velez (LaGuerta), Julie Benz (Rita), and Erik King (Doakes). Fittingly, Doakes was wearing a shirt donning his infamous catch-phrase (which I can’t repeat here).

In the hour-long panel, Dexter didn’t reveal any new footage from Season 8, which I was foolishly expecting. However, they did provide three farewell clips that tugged at everyone’s heartstrings. It was a very nostalgic experience to say the least.

The first was the crew, presumably at the wrap party, giving a video-taped goodbye to their Comic-Con fans (and fans in general). I hope this video eventually makes it online because it gave everyone the opportunity to say good-bye, including the few actors that couldn’t make it (like C.S. Lee and James Remar).

In the second clip, we got a personalized good-bye from the Trinity Killer himself. John Lithgow is one of the best TV villains I can remember, and I think fans were disappointed he couldn’t make it. However, the video was fun – and funny for that matter – as he blamed us for him being considered a psychopath.

The final clip was a great montage to all of Dexter’s greatest kills. Need I say more? It was awesome (and I know that sounds weird).

There was so much more in the action-packed panel, including details of the DVD/Blu-Ray box set (available for pre-order now). The special box set is packaged up like Dexter’s trophy case with the discs looking like blood slides (pretty cool!). Also, they had an extended fan Q&A which, unlike some Q&A’s, provided some great insight into the series. A few of the highlights included:

1) Jennifer Carpenter reiterating her previous statements that she wants/wanted Deb’s character to die. She insists this wasn’t a spoiler, it was just how she felt.

2) Yvonne Strahovski possibly slipping up and saying she might be out for “revenge” when her character returns later this season. Again, it was a fleeting comment so you probably shouldn’t take it for fact.

3) Some of the now dead characters talked about how far in advance they knew they’d be killed off. None of them were blindsided the week of but were still sad to go.

4) Michael C. Hall revealed one of his favorite comic book heroes was The Incredible Hulk, which he said was partially an inspiration for Dexter’s character.

5) Finally, all the cast revealed what props they took when everything was said and done. Apparently, Jennifer Carpenter was the biggest thief, even stealing all the blood splatter pictures Michael C. Hall wanted. However, he still made away with a 9 foot portion of the railing outside his Miami apartment which he said will go in his real backyard.

Words can’t express how fun Dexter’s final Comic-Con panel was, but I’ve tried my hardest. Although it was light on information for the final episodes of the series, it did give insight into the entire cast. They really came off as a fun and loving group, making it seem so odd that they deal with such morbid topics. In a tear-filled Hall H, Dexter went out with the style it deserved.

Network: Showtime
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C. S. Lee, David Zayas
Showing: Sundays at 9 PM

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