The new season of Dexter premiered just over three weeks ago, and I think that we’re far enough in to get a rough idea of what this season will be like. The verdict so far? Dexter’s back, and in the best way possible. Many fans lamented season five’s story arc, as well as Lumen’s character, though others (such as myself) definitely enjoyed it. As a result, Showtime president David Nevins, speaking with TV Line, has said:
“Dexter this season will be in some ways a return to the Dexter that you’ve seen in the early seasons. There’s a really interesting story and journey that he’s going to be on this year. There’s going to be some degree of getting back to his roots.”
He was absolutely right. Three episodes in and Dexter is as thrilling and fast-paced as ever. The series, now in its sixth season, has come out swinging, with the Doomsday Killer outed to Miami Metro by the end of the third episode. The race is now on, and fans will eagerly watch as Dexter and Co. unravel the puzzle.
While this season promises more introspection (which so far seems to be focusing on Dexter’s life as both a parent and serial killer), religion seems to be playing an unusually large role so far, present in the character Brother Sam (played by the awesome Mos Def), and caught up in the motive of our psycho Doomsday Killer. This could be part of the journey that Nevins was hinting at.
The most important thing is that this season continues to bring new and original ideas to Dexter. While it does seem to be a return to form in terms of writing and style, there are plenty of changes in the show to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. A year has passed since the previous season: Deb is now awash in a sea of department politics and paperwork, and Harrison is too old for Dexter to reveal his darker side.
Another new concept is the ‘split’ Big Bad. Unlike previous seasons, where Dexter has gone head-to-head with a lone serial killer, such as the Ice Truck Killer or Trinity, this season’s Doomsday Killer isn’t working alone. This new dimension is bound to throw all manner of twists (as if we haven’t seen enough over the years!) and I personally cannot wait to find out what Dexter has in store for us next.
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