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‘Dexter’ still enthralls its stars as well as viewers

Jennifer Carpenter stars as DebrMorgan Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter Morgan “Dexter” which is currently its 7th seasShowtime.

Jennifer Carpenter stars as Debra Morgan and Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter,” which is currently in its 7th season on Showtime.

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‘It is, without a doubt, the most fundamentally game-changing development as we’ve had since we started telling this story,” says Michael C. Hall, whose “Dexter” is now its seventh season (8 p.m. Sundays) on Showtime.

At the end of season six, the title character was finally compromised. Just as he sliced into his latest victim, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), Dexter’s sister, walked in and caught him in the act. She was horrified to see her brother in the situation. He was shocked to have her, his most trusted confidant, finally learn that he’s a killer. The scene set the tone for the final two seasons of “Dexter,” supposedly ending in 2013. (The ending is also noteworthy for Showtime, which says “Dexter” remains its most-watched series and one of its most acclaimed.)

“One of the things that we’ve always been able to count on is that Dexter’s secret is his own,” Hall told reporters recently, “and it’s not anymore. It’s been so invigorating to play these scenes, to be preoccupied in ways that Dexter’s never been required to be preoccupied.”

The secret revealed isn’t the only new development. Ray Stevenson will join the story in episode six as a European mob boss.

Dexter has been compromised before — just not to this degree. He’s had co-workers and foes stumble upon his secret of a double life: forensics expert for the Miami-Dade Police Department by day, serial-killer avenging angel at night.

From Carpenter’s end, the scene in which Deb catches Dexter was startling to play.

“It was all I needed to just sort of step away, and I didn’t have to manipulate anything,” she says.

“It was all right there. It was like the strangest, scariest seduction scene in a weird way.

“And the first time, in a really authentic way, I felt my power ... I felt like I felt as weak and as powerful as I’ve ever been as an actor and in the character.”

Now, with the sister finding out, Hall is captivated as an actor.

“Dexter is never more compelling than when he is in trouble, and he’s never been really in deeper trouble than he is now,” Hall says.

Wherever that may lead for the character, Hall views it as the endgame of the story.

“There’s a feeling of arrival, you know, that we’ve earned this arrival and this new landscape,” Hall says. “In a lot of ways, it feels as rich as it ever has.”

Scripps Howard
News Service

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