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Season 8 of Dexter premiered Sunday, June 30th , and I’m sure many fans of the show tuned with in a mix of excitement and sadness.  Excitement because it started months earlier than usual.  Sadness because it is the beginning of the end.Photo: epguides.com


It seemed that Showtime wanted to mess with viewers just a little bit.  They took five minutes to show some key moments from previous seasons and some clips of those who have starred on the show.  And then just when you thought it would finally start, it took another six minutes to recap season 7.


When the episode titled “A Beautiful Day” FINALLY started at 9:11, we learned that it was six months after the events that occurred in the season 7 finale.  


Dexter and a much older Harrison are living a seemingly normal life and all seems good. 


For now…


Batista has come back and is now in LaGuerta’s role as lieutenant, and Deb has pretty much gone off the deep end.  She regrets killing LaGuerta so decides to pretty much disconnect herself from her old life- leaving the force to become a private investigator and also jumping into a reckless life of drugs, alcohol, and shady characters. Deb has barely kept in touch with anyone, especially Dexter, whom she hasn’t seen or talked to in weeks. Worried, Dexter finds her, sees what she’s become, and tries to bring her back—all to no avail.


Of course, there is a new murder to investigate.  The victim is shot, his head is cut open, and a piece of his brain has been removed.  An expert, Dr. Evelyn Vogel, is brought in to help with the investigation and speculates that the killer may actually be a serial killer who will continue with his gruesome kills.


But, it seems like Dr. Vogel might have an ulterior motive for offering her help.  Could she possibly know something about Dexter and the fact that he is actually the Bay Harbor Butcher?


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Dexter learns that Deb may be in trouble after Quinn tells him that she had called asking for help.  So he goes looking for her, with Harrison in tow, finds her at a seedy motel, and tries to warn her about El Sapo.  Instead, he ends up killing the dirtbag Briggs that she’s been holed up with and pushes her even farther away.  He also almost loses Harrison!


Deb ends up possibly on El Sapo’s radar, even though she thought she’d be safe, which cannot be good for her down the road.

The show ends with us learning that Vogel does, indeed, have an ulterior motive and that she does know about Dexter.  What could this end up meaning?? We’ll just have to check out the rest of the season to see.  And if the previews for the season are any indicator, it’s going to a good one!!


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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