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Sunday, June 30th marks the beginning of the end…for Dexter, that is.  


Surely you know all about the popular Showtime series. That is, unless you don’t have the cable channel, haven’t checked your Facebook news feed on a Monday morning during the fall season in the last few years, or have been living under a rock.


The series follows the story of Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter expert/father/serial killer of serial killers.  It’s the kind of show that actually makes you root for the “bad guy” and hope that he never gets caught.Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime


The last seven seasons have been full of twists and turns, amazing surprises, and an ever-changing storyline that has kept viewers hooked.  We’ve seen him murder his own long-lost, biological brother (the Ice Truck Killer), pretend to be someone he’s not to get into a serial killer’s inner circle, fall in love, lose that said love at the hands of a brutal murderer, become a father, go to and from work each day and try to cover up the fact that the guy they are looking for is actually him, and so much more.


If you’re gearing up for Season 8, which also happens to be the show’s final season, yet have missed some or all of Season 7, then you might want to read on.


So much went on during the season that it would take forever to get through it all, but here are some of the highlights:


Season 6 ended with Deb seeing Dexter kill Travis Marshall, so fans couldn’t wait for 7 to start to see her reaction.  Well, considering she was looking for Dexter to tell him she’s in love with him (her adopted brother!!) the sight definitely killed her buzz.  


Now that she knew his secret, she pulled away from him while trying to wrap her head around the revelation.  She also went to his apartment and found all of his paraphernalia, which made her decide that it would be her mission to keep him out of trouble and stop his dark extra-curricular activities.


Dexter spent a lot of the season trying to break free of Deb’s tight grasp, managing to start and keep up his relationship with Hanna McKay and also continue his, um, work.

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Speaking of Hanna—she tried to eliminate Deb, which didn’t work and just pissed off Dexter.  


He didn’t kill her, but she ended up in jail after it came to light that she had been a willing participant in murders that occurred years ago.


In the first episode, LaGuerta stumbled across quite a surprise at the Travis Marshall crime scene—a blood slide that made her think that the Bay Harbor Butcher was actually still out there and at work.  She spent the season trying to prove that the Butcher is still out there and may actually be Dexter.  


And what did all her efforts get her?  Killed—by Deb!!  A season finale shocker that no one saw coming!!


Quinn got himself in with the wrong crowd, Batista left the force to run his own restaurant, Masuka was still trying to get a date, and Dexter continued to speak to his dead father.


Season 8 will definitely be awesome. We’ll get to see how the relationship between Dexter and Deb pans out, if Hanna manages to come back and take care of her loose ends, if a new killer must be taken out, and so much more.  


But, the biggest question that will hopefully be answered is if Dexter will get caught or will manage to allude the law for good.


Don’t forget to tune in this Sunday at 9pm.    





Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.


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Dexter Photo: Randy Tepper: Showtime