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Season Six!!

I am – Hercules!! With a move that should surprise few, Showtime is about to announce a sixth season for “Dexter,” which has been performing better under new showrunner Chip Johannessen (“24”) than it ever did under old showrunner Clyde Phillips (“Suddenly Susan”). From The Hollywood Reporter:
In 2008, Showtime confidently renewed Dexter for two seasons. That's not likely to happen this time, since key talent deals will need to be renegotiated before the show's seventh season. Expect the offical Dexter renewal within the next week or so.
Though it still lags greatly in total viewers, “Dexter” on Sunday tied “Boardwalk Empire” for the first time in the 18-49 demo:

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    this season has been pretty good

    by BadMrWonka

    I may be one of the few that really likes Lumen's character, and I think Julia Stiles is playing it perfectly. <p>there have been a few facepalm moments (most recently Dexter distrbing the chain of evidence, knocking over a table, and then one DVD just happening to be damaged? really? no one would be suspicious of THAT?)<p> but as a whole, good stuff. Angela Bettis is awesome, always.<p>more Masuka, though! we need a little more comic relief!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Was really hope this was a Terriers announcement

    by AshokForgiven

    Dexter has been great too tho, no real surprise here.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    but i doubt there will be a seventh season i think next year will be the final for our favorite vigilante serial killer

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    I've loved this season. They've done a MUCH better job of continuing from last season than I ever expected. And NOTHING has turned out the way I thought it would. With this season already nearing it's end I'm REALLY looking forward to some of the characters and story lines being featured heavily in the next.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Great news.. Loving Dexter..

    by Johnny_w

    Fuck yeah! Loving this season so far.. It's hard to rate them, because of the first time scares each of the episodes give you.. When you rewatch them, you forget about how tense the scenes initially were.. I love Julia Stiles too.. I'm hoping she breaks the Guest Star role and actually stays on for another season..

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Much better than I expected.

    by MrD

    I figured there was no way Season 5 could compete with season 4, not with 100% less Naked Lithgow. But while it has had its missteps (as every season has), there have been some real jaw droppers, starting with the 5th episode in which Dexter got "shot", and we first met Lumen. Even the tired co-worker plotlines are being pulled into the main arc, making them, for once, relevent. It'll be interesting to see where they can go from here.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    I love me some Dexter!

    by Wade Wilson

    This season has had its ups and downs but I still think it's been a lot of fun to watch. I mean, let's be honest, it's still better than 90% of the shows out there. And the ratings don't mean a thing. Almost all the Dexter fans/followers I know don't even have Showtime. They watch the show through...ahem...other means. Can't wait to see how the rest of the season plays out!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Everyone on IMDB hates Lumen..

    by Johnny_w

    I think she's been good.. Everyone over there talks about how bad of an actress Julia Stiles is, but I think she's playing a rape victim to perfection.. It's been a fantastic season.. So glad it will continue next year.. Sucks that it only plays for 12 weeks a year though.. Waiting another 40 weeks after the ending from this season will be a killer. No pun intended.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    It has been excellent...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    One of the few shows that manages to maintain a high level of quality far beyond the scope of the story implied in the original material. You need last season to get here, which was excellent too, but I think this is the best season for a while now...<p>As for ratings, of course they matter! People who watch by "other means" aren't giving Showtime any money, so they also don't get a vote. If you want to support the show and help get more made, pay for the channel - or at least, buy the boxsets...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    I am loving this season, and Lumen

    by Saen

    fuck that haters.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Very happy with the season

    by INWOsuxRED

    It took an interesting direction and doesn't feel repetitive or forced, despite new show runners. When Lithgow was on I Love Movies, it was mentioned the writers had a big fight as to if he should live through season 4. Would have been interesting for a carry-over villain, or even just one that got away, but they've done so well this year that I can't complain.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Re Lumen, missteps and repetition

    by Jaka

    I like the character of Lumen and how she really fits into Dexter's life. As far as Julia Stiles goes, this part has actually made me like her more. I think she's done a great job. Not sure what else people are looking for. The character is clearly extremely broken mentally and I think she's portrayed the arch from victim to hunter very well given the number of episodes they have to work with.<br><br>The missteps, I kept thinking they were making huge ones this season. Things were happening that just seemed way too easy, or stupid, or implausible. But damn if every single one of them hasn't been addressed at a later point an episode or the season. <br><br>Yes, it does feel "spring fresh" this season. Dexter's character premise is still basically the same. But they've done a great job of changing his world around him without rebooting the entire concept of the show.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    This season has gone way downhill....

    by the ageless stranger

    What has the Santa Muerte case actually got to do with Dexter? He's not involved in it at all, it feels like they're prepping a Deb spin-off show. They've wasted huge amounts of time on crap like Batista/LaGuerta's rocky marraige (seriously, the whole IAD sting plot was needlessly convoluted, why couldn't she just say "Yeah, they needed me for a sting"). There are many other examples, but overall, the writing has just taken a fall.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    by Johnny_w

    Agreed Ageless Stranger.. It was strangely empty... Batista and Leguerta. I always pictured Batista/Masuka as the 2ndary characters behind Dexter, I always picture him as if he was pinching their life habits from them.. As if he envied their lives, he'd take a little from Batista's life story, a (very very) little from Masuka's. The Santa Muerte case is pretty much done, right? Deb killed one.... The other is on the run.. It wasn't officially closed on the show.. Funny though, how this murderer's case wasn't closed properly, compared to a few other murderers closed on the show, where Dexter finished them off... This guy is still on the run, but seemingly free, as far is it is known to us... This is just me on a drunk talkback.. My very first drunk talkback ever... it could be full of plotholes and errors, but oh well, fuck it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    I did not like Julia Styles at all

    by smackfu

    until this season of Dexter. I have newfound respect for her, I think she's really done a great job with Lumen. Though someone like Lumen would probably be Dexter's only chance at ever having a happy ending on this show, so I'm a little sad to see it isn't being wrapped up that way. Though if they aren't going to go with a happy ending, I hope next season has Dexter being completely outed as the real 'Bay Harbor Butcher'. Even though the showrunners completely robbed us of the series greatest potential scene, Rita finding out.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    My hopes for next season

    by Johnny_w

    I hope that potentially Deb finds out at the end of this current season (5) Maybe Dex gets away with it for 9 or 10 episodes next year.. But the last 2 or 3 completely involve him coming clean with deb/batista/masuka.. Coming competely clean including the times he ruined their investigations.. The time when he saved deb.. When he dealt with the skinner... I'd love to see what the third party thinks of what Dexter has done with all the crims the past few seasons.. Specifically the ones they had to look into..

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    People hate Lumen? Ah well.

    by Kevin Holsinger

    I've actually come to like Ms. Stiles based on her performance this season. <P>Though, is it too much to ask for Masuka to get a friggin' subplot? I know he's the comic relief, but practically everybody at the station, even the new woman who screwed over Deb, got a subplot this season. Where's the love for Masuka?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    I've liked this season also

    by Rebel Scumb

    I thought the premiere this year was a bit mishandled, but otherwise its been strong, a good slowburn like season 3, where it was hard to tell at first where the season was headed. The only thing I found disappointing is that all the promotion for season 5 made it seem like season 2 where the main target is Dexter, and that all his Kyle Butler shinnigans & ritas death were coming back to bite him. That stuff got brushed away pretty quickly though, other than Peter Weller's storyline. But plenty of shows have been misrepresented by their ads, taking the season for what it actually IS, its been very good, and as others have said, a very different direction that has worked well.I do think next year will have to be the last, I can't imagine them stretching the concept too much further, but who knows, they've done well so far.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Herc, why no TB for Dexter anymore?

    by Kaczmar1984 it just that with all the great new shows you don't have the time to cover Dexter's episodes or do you think the show dropped a bit in quality? I personally think that most of season 4 (especially John Lithgow and the final episodes) was Dexter at its best! Season 5 lagged a bit in the beginning but now it picked up speed and became truly great again!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I hate Lumen too - worst season gets best ratings?

    by FrodoFraggins

    The new showrunners have really screwed the pooch this year with the overall feel of the show and especially by introducing Lumen.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by AnUsulDarkley

    I would like to see Dexter and Lumen remain a team. Haven't seen much of Stiles since Traffic. She has added a new dynamic in the show.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    I don't think we'll ever see Dexter do a confession

    by V'Shael

    the way that Vick Mackey did on the Shield.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Netflix SUX

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    What's the deal with only having Seasons 1 & 2 available for streaming only? I thought their streaming-service is out performing their DVD rentals? They seriously need more streamable content before crowing. Anyway, awesome series. I still wish they went a different direction this season with Dexter leaving Miami behind like he started to do in the first episode this season. I could care less about the Baptise/LaGuarta storylines.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Stiles was not in traffic AnUsulDarkley

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    and its sad that the show's worst season has the best ratings. As some of said, there's been FAR TOO MUCH emphasis on La guerta and Batista's nonsense. There's also been no real risk for Dexter this season. All the fallout and perils you thought he might face were just totally brushed aside by the half way point of he season. Plus, the "big bad" of the season, johnny Lee Miller and his cohorts, have been really really lame. I feel like Clyde Phillips would've handle this character in a one off episode, not a season long arc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I used to get Julia Stiles confused with Erika Christensen myself. Always thought Erika was the hotter of the two. Stiles is a bit too moonfaced for my tastes.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    More Peter Weller!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Dammit, you know he owns the series. Which is probably why they use him so rarely - Hall can't have anyone outshine him so immediately with every second of his presence.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Any criticism of the show for Lumen's character is more than made up for with Peter Weller's fantastic performance this season. Another Emmy nod to the best bad guy on the block.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I like Lumen...

    by _Venkman

    I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I want her as a permanent part of the show.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I thought somehow

    by bourne7855

    Lumen was goin to get busted last week for the murder they were doing and dexter somehow got away. then set it up for her to be loyal to dexter by not confessing and him trying to find a way to get her free. this season picked up steam towards the last half which is great but if they delay dexter being outed and the aftermath of that much longer its going to get old. can you imagine an entire last season with them finding out at the begnning what dexter is and him on the run the whole season having interactions with each of the main characters trying to gauge how they feel about him and wether they would help him get away or catch him. there could also be a main villian he would be after that they couldnt catch. that way all the characters would be involved in the main plots without all the stupid subplots.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    people don't like Lumen?

    by punto

    I had no idea, I think she's awesome, and I'd be really pissed if she goes away after this season. They tried for like 4 years to make us care about Rita, and nobody ever gave a shit about her, they succeeded with Lumen on the first try, why ruin it?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I don't see Weller's character and Lumen alive next season

    by Quadrillionaire

    I think Weller will intervene Dexter's activities causing Lumen's death, Dexter responds by killing Weller.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    It's turned into quite an asskicking season.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    My big question is Jesus, what the fuck is going to happen to Weller?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    I'm really curious how they are going to end this season

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    Without killing off assloads of people. I've really liked this season - it reminds me of season 2 (which was also great). In season 2, they pretty much had to kill everyone off to solve everything. I'm predicting that Robocop, Lumen, and possibly Quinn end up dying within the next 2 weeks, with Robocop dying on Dexter's table. Either that or Lumen takes the rap for ALL of Dexter's killings and kills herself.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    ...and Lumen is a trilion times better than Rita

    by Keeper Of Chimps

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Why No Game of Thrones Coverage?

    by BilboRing

    HBO has tons of scenes and interviews. I piss blood on this site for not covering it more.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "What has the Santa Muerte case actually got to do with Dexter?

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    "What has the Santa Muerte case actually got to do with Dexter? He's not involved in it at all"<P> Well if you notice the case ultimately led to Deb killing the dude - which pushed her further toward Dexter's lifestyle (and they even had an awesome convo about taking another life) It also led to Deb being put down in the filing area which led to the Jordan Chase/barrel girls case being reopened - which is very relevant to Dexter's story arc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Keeper Of Chimps

    by D_T

    I said the same thing after Sunday's EP. There's a ton of loose ends, including Deb. <p> Speaking of, I love Deb, she's got serious relationship/Daddy issues, a foul mouth (which is sort of hot), but she's got incredible intuition (she's proving to be as quick as Dex). <p> I was sort of ambivalent about Julia Stiles, but I think she's doing a pretty outstanding job. I don't know if it's by design or her natural style, but I like - as someone described it - her clunkiness. It gives her an interesting awkwardness (I mean, how would you ask someone if your outfit, the one you intend to murder someone wearing, looks OK. Great scene.) <p> I also agree this season has been a bit of a surprise after the +amazing+ Lithgow season. The took the right amount of time to set up the post Rita aftermath, have introduced some really interesting character development, and like other have said, have made the secondary characters more interesting.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by D_T

    Exactly. Not every plot element has to be DIRECTLY tied to the central Dexter arc. Sometimes they're for character development, etc. <p> Though I'm not 100% sure, it won't come back as a mechanism to possibly clean up some of the mess.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Santa Muerte

    by OldDickLemon

    There's absolutely no way the book is closed on Santa Muerte. It's been far too significant this season to only lead to a botched sting job. The other brother is out there somewhere and it's going to rear it's ugly head at the most inopportune time. My guess is it will somehow place Dexter in a position of having to choose between Lumen and Deborah. Jordan has Lumen, Santa Muerte people have Deb, he can't save both, what does he do? Something along those lines. Hall recently gave an interview saying that this season, in his mind, has been all about "spinning plates" and in these final couple of episodes, they start crashing into one another. Santa Muerte, Jordan, Lumen and, for some reason I think, the Nanny are all going to factor into this seasons conclusion.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Yes, the big question, how does this season end?

    by Epsilon

    Well, there's no way Liddy gets out of this season alive. He's seen waaaaay too much. I read an Eonline bit that said Quinn and Dexter may find some common ground before the end of the season ... bloody, dangerous common ground. Is that Liddy's death? Maybe Quinn gets into a scuffle with him and accidentally kills him? Maybe Dex somehow helps him cover it up? I think that would make a great dynamic for season 6, having Quinn and Dexter forced together somehow despite their dislike of one another. It's better if they have something facilitating that connection besides Deb's relationship with the two of them. Now, I agree, Santa Muerte has gotta come back into the picture somehow with the older bro still out there. And then there's Lumen. She presents a lot of problems/opportunities for Dexter as a character. To me, Dexter is at its best when no one knows who he is, and he's juggling keeping this secret from everyone. Having Lumen takes away from that. And having her around could also provide too convenient alibis for him (she could just lie for him), stealing some of the creativity from how he covers things up. But I don't want to see her die, either. If Dex hadn't been moving out of the house because of Rita's death, he never would have found that blood in the rental truck that led him to Boyd, so he never would have saved Lumen's life and stopped the barrel girl murders. So that's been a path of redemption for him, and I hate to see it too end in tragedy. The other option is a Lundy style exit for Lumen. She gets out alive but decides to leave. Maybe she could come back at some point close to the end of the show and she and Dex could live happily ever after. I'm thinking that might be the best option, though if the writers do things right, maybe there's a way to keep her around that makes sense.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Anyone else notice Weller seems to have mutated...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...into Clarance Boddicker?<p>It really seems like his character on Dexter is borrowing a lot from Kurtwood Smith.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I'm liking this season

    by Adelai Niska

    They've put dexter in a lot of great "no way out" situations, like when he was called to the crime scene where he already was, or last week at the house. <p> And Robocop is great- a threat that Dexter has no clue is after him. Best shot of the year goes to last week when Robocop was slowly backing away from the blinds and closing them. Hilarious and creepy at the same time.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Good call on Dexter-Quinn team up

    by Carl's hat

    Maybe Liddey starts to threaten Deb, thereby uniting Dex and Quinn. Whatever happens Liddey is a goner, Lumen may well head off to see her family (and may come back near the finale). I wouldn't be surprised if Leguerta cops it and the nanny is a plant by somebody. She's definitely being kept on the downlow. Maybe Deb abd Dex even team up to kill the scumbag Anthony Robbins style baddie we got this season.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles is better than Jimmy Smits

    by mikeaz123

    I hated season 3, with Jimmy Smits' character and the "I Love You Man" story arc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles is better than Jimmy Smits

    by mikeaz123

    I hated season 3, with Jimmy Smits' character and the "I Love You Man" story arc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Wha? I liked Jimmy Smits

    by _Venkman

    Bail Organa*

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I love this season...

    by Lionel_Richies_Hipster_Frames

    The real evidence of how good it is in my house is we watch Dexter live and watch Boardwalk Empire on Monday. We can't wait to see what happens next on this season of Dexter. We're hardly on the edge of our seats with Empire although we like it. Don't love it though. The past 2 seasons of Dexter have been top notch and have done a lot to get it away from the awful Jimmy Smits season. That season I gave up on and watched on demand after it was over when I had the flu. Just not good TV. This season though has been top notch and Lumen is awesome. I have zero problems with her character or Stiles playing her. I think at some point Deb and Quinn are going to learn that Dexter is killing the barrel girl guys and they are going to keep the secret for him since they will see him as a vigilante who snapped after the death of his wife. They won't know the whole story of Dexter as a killer. That's my guess but I don't know anything at all about what's going to happen.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by JaredP

    that was erika christenssen as michael douglas's daughter in traffic not julia stiles

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    This season has been great

    by squirtloaf

    The last few episodes especially, I have found myself being really invested in...<br><br> Mainly because Dexter finally has something he *really* cares about. Something to lose...for me, this has ratcheted up the suspense, and I find myself getting really tense in the :"Oh shit, they're going to get caught!" moments.<br><br> The supporting cast has really stepped up this season as well, and the idea of having multiple antagonists instead of a single "big bad" has kept it moving nicely.<br><br>Easily my favorite season so far.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Lumen is great. Just what Dexter needs.

    by JudasPriestly

    Just hope she survives the season though.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by The Alienist

    Jimmy Smits. A lot more than John Lithgow.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Not Sure How 1.1 Is Bad For Showtime. At all.

    by Crow3711

    First, it tied boardwalk empire, which is on hbo, which has to have a considerably larger subscription base than showtime. Massively larger. Second, showtime makes the same amount of money whether people watch it or not. There's no commercials or advertisers. It's also about the same numbers Mad Men pulls, which is on a channel everyone gets. 1.1 on the second most popular pay channel seems pretty fuckin good to me. Right?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Great season but they need to end it.

    by jccalhoun

    As much as I'm liking this season they really need to end the show because every season ends up being "Is Dexter going to be caught?" There's only so many times they can cry wolf before people get tired of it and I'm starting to get tired. <BR><BR>The last season needs to be about him getting found out. The court case and the fallout from it. I think it would be great tv if Dexter goes to prison and just totally goes straight up killer and gives up all his humanity. Really push how far the character could go with the audience still liking him.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Santa Muerte Investigation = Debra Finds Out About Dexter

    by blhotz

    Seriously... ppl do you need it spelled out for you? And Terminator TSCC should definitely be on SHO/HBO... what a cliffhanger ending that show left.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Actually it suprises me

    by AsimovLives

    The sixth season pick up. for soem reason, i though they would be ending Dexter with this season. Well, i'm really likign this season, so it's good news for me. Still, the fourth season is still the best. That Rita got killed in that season was just the icing of the cake. Fuck that anoying bitch really got on my nerves!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Dexter is awesome

    by MegaBeth

    I'm glad it's getting picked up for another season. I initially hated Lumen. But I have to admit she has totally grown on me. I hope they keep her around for next year.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    This season has been terrible

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    The police Dexter works with are worse than the reporters Clark Kent works with. Gee.... there's 12 locks of hair and 13 DVD's, but you know what? We're going to save the 13th DVD to watch last and not watch it right away to possibly get any idea of who the missing victim might be. I mean seriously, come on. I know this show isn't the Wire or anything but I expect a bit better detective work than that from these chuckleheads. The best thing about this season by far has been Peter Weller. That guy eats up every scene he's in. Also Julia Stiles has been very nice to look at. Michael C. Hall's performance continues to kick ass, but the show's never lived up to the quality of his acting. At this point, Dexter's become the Vic Mackey of serial killers. I'm sick of seeing him get stuck in situations that he's got to figure his wait out of so he can stay one step ahead of everyone else. Shawn Ryan understood that Vic could only live that sort of life for so long before his chickens came to roost and wisely ended the Shield in a spectacular fashion. Let's hope Dexter's 6th season is his last, before I lose total interest.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I still like it, but it gets weaker and weaker.

    by _Maltheus_

    I still look forward to every episode, but I'm getting real tired with the repetition. Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 have very similar storylines. And the show is coming off as less smart this season. The scratched evidence CD being the height of this season's stupidity (for about a half a dozen reasons).<br /> <br /> They need to move the story somewhere. They didn't do it when Doakes revealed Harry's BS to Dexter. And now they haven't done it after Dex's wife was murdered. If the writers weren't able to take advantage of these two big crisis of confidence moments, then I fear that they'll never be able to manage anything more than the serial-killer friend of the season plot. It's getting as goofy as the 24 mole already.<br /> <br /> What makes Breaking Bad the better show is that they're not afraid to let their main character spiral. The writers have decided that Dexter is a heroic vigilante instead of a truly fucked up serial killer, mimicking a decent man. This show had so much potential, but at this point, I'd rather they just go out on a high note than drag it on forever.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I'm with AshokForgiven

    by I Max U Mini

    I want - no, make that NEED - conformation of another season of Terriers. The best show of the year and nobody watched - except me and AshokForgiven?????

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I heart Dexter.


    Season 2 > 1 > 4 > 3 > 5. True story.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    great news...

    by jay2517

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ratings Leno's beating Dave

    by OutsideChance Wonder why Herc isn't covering those ratings anymore (he asks rhetorically)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ratings Leno's beating Dave

    by OutsideChance Wonder why Herc isn't covering those ratings anymore (he asks rhetorically)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Leno's beating Dave in 18-49 demo

    by OutsideChance

    By about 20 percent. Man, that's gotta sting.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by bourne7855

    thats my exact ranking of the seasons as well

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Is taking a shot at Herc really worth outing yourself as a boring person with terrible taste?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    An irrelevant old man beat another irrelevant old man in the ratings? I can't help but notice no mention of Conan's ratings vs Lenos, which were the whole point of Herc's ratings postings...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by the_box_drone

    Damn you Aintitcool! The title of this article is a HUGE spoiler! Knowing that he isn't going to get busted at the end of this season will take away so much of the beautiful dramatic tension they've built up. Couldn't you have called the article "Big Dexter News [possible spoiler]" or something? DAMNIT DAMNIT DAMNIT.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Dexter should get season 10

    by CherryValance

    (Spoilerish if you're not caught up)I mean for realies, I thought last season was perhaps the best season of television ever. And now I'm wondering if this one is going to be even better. I love Dexter and Lumen so much. That present he gave her last episode before, you know, was like the most romantic present I've ever seen anyone get. It's almost my favorite love story at this point. I really really hope nothing bad happens. :/

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    I do not like that Dex does not talk to Rita

    by Turingtestee

    She should be in his head like Harry. Major misstep in characterization in my opinion. Would give the moments between Dex and Lumen more weight.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by OutsideChance

    Actually, I can't stand Letterman or Leno. The former is a bitter old hack coasting on his rep and the latter is an unfunny backstabber who doesn't even have a rep left. But I do think it worth pointing out Herc's pathetic obsession with both of them and with ratings in general.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Oh, and smackfu, it's not just about Conan

    by OutsideChance

    Herc was obsessing over the Leno vs Letterman ratings the whole time Conan was off the air.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    So far S5 is great. My ranking of seasons: 1 >> 3 > 4 > 2

    by Tigger Tales

    Just when you thought they would run out of ideas and beat things into the ground, the writers--well, they did run out of ideas and they DID beat some things into the ground, but the storylines are still captivating as ever.<P>I was very skeptical of Stiles contributing to the greatness of the show, but she has done a great job so far with her part. And Weller is the biggest creep they've had on the series yet... even creepier than the torturing rapist antagonists currently taking the spotlight.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    No way Liddey is going to live...

    by Jaka

    ...and I like the idea of a Dexter-Quinn team, but I don't think that's what is going to happen. I think Quinn will just have to get rid of him by himself and will possibly be caught by Deb or Dexter. Both of which would add a seriously strange dynamic to the show. I'm pretty sure Lumen is going to be back, but she might get taken out by the self help douchebag, too.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Killer good news.

    by Yeti

    (dramatically puts on sunglasses) YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Season rankings: 2 > 4 > 1 > 5 > 3

    by Epsilon

    No doubt about it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    For Dexter to see Rita she'd have to...

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    ... have been important to him. I actually love that he's relatively unaffected by her death. It harkens back to the creepy serial killer vibe he gave off back in season one (my favorite season.) The show's worked very hard to humanize Dexter, but I like the moment where we're reminded just why we shouldn't actually be too comfortable with how much we like him. Like when he has to tell Rita's kids their mom is dead. "I'm very sorry for your loss." Priceless! If the series ends with anyone other than Deb finding out who Dexter really is and either killing him or just letting him go on with it because he's her brother and she just loves him so gosh darn much, then I'll be very surprised.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Agree about Rita

    by Jaka

    That's why I like the Lumen character. Like Harrison after Rita's murder, Dexter actually relates to Lumen. Harrison is important to Dexter and it appears Lumen could end up the same way (or dead, not sure yet). Rita's connection to Dexter was always uncomfortable, off-putting, distant.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    I love this show as much as anyone, but it needs to end

    by RedJester

    soon, because things are getting repetitive.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Take it to season 7

    by MattmanReturns

    But no further.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Erika Christensen is a crazy Scientologist

    by BadMrWonka

    Julia Stiles wins.<p> and I'm sorry, but (SPOILERS!!) the last few minutes of the last episode sealed it for me. I'm so on board for what happens next. for once, it's not JUST about the various threads and killers and cops and how they're going to bump into one another, it's truly about Dexter's happiness. I think we all felt that sex with Lumen was inevitable, but the way they handled it. wordless understanding, it was very understated. in a series where very often the WORST part of any episode is the ham-handed voiceover (funny bit accepted), the voiceover with Dexter's final voiceover before the credits, was particularly succinct. and, I thought, very powerful. he says, "But with Lumen, I'm someone different. In her eyes, I'm not a monster at all." <p> now this is a real vamp up to the end of a season. Dexter finally staring true happiness and acceptance from another person (besides Harry) in the face. <p>if the showrunners had balls beyond balls, they would end the season with Rita finding out Dexter's secret, Lumen living, Robocop dying...and then let the 6th season be the final one, and let it deal entirely with Dexter and Rita's relationship (she struggles to accept what he's done, especially when an instance arises where the law isn't enough and she needs his justice...he struggles with her becoming more and more like him as she gets closer and closer to having her own dark passenger). Lumen could make for some nice Third-point-in-the-triangle moments as well.<p> I know that will never happen, but I can dream. this has been a decent season that (I think) is going to turn into a FANTASTIC last few episodes.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    oops, I forgot (SPOILERS!!)

    by BadMrWonka

    the voiceover lines before Lumen and Dexter sleep together makes it even more well done: <p>"Harry tried to mold me into the image of the monster he thought I was. He told me to flee human connection, so that became a way of life for me...But with Lumen, I'm someone different. In her eyes, I'm not a monster at all."<p> I almost waited for him to say, "I"m human" at the end, but I'm glad he didn't. <p> oh, and did anyone else notice that the final shot was reminiscent of Klimt's "The Kiss"...but instead of cloaks, they had their visible scars?<p>or am I reaching?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    This season has been awesome.

    by jedimast3r

    Lumen is a good character. <p>I wasn't onboard at first, but the way the writing has been - even the department/precinct tensions between the team - has been good. Acting all around hasn't been bad, but it's actually refreshing to see Dexter grow. <p>Looking forward to the finale. And crossing my fingers for Lumen sticking around.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Santa Muerte/Deb

    by Epsilon

    What if the reason the Santa Muerte brother is still out there is for Deb to have a chance to catch him ... to have a chance to bring him in ... but she shoots and kills him instead? Like, killing the first brother gave her a taste of it or something. Wouldn't that be an interesting twist? They've gotta make Deb darker somehow so that it's not as horrifying to her when she finds out Dex's secret.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    The Walking dead beat 60 minutes wich is watch by medicare zomb

    by GreatCzarsGhost

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Dexter kills me!

    by Zardoz

    Love the show! Last season with Trinity was great, but I'm really liking this season very much. Lumen better not get killed, dammit!

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Turn dex into cannibal already

    by strykebr

    Nothing has topped 1st season but these last two have been very entertaining, I love this motivational speaker meets Hostel story...Nothing has beaten Masuka thrusting in slow mo to end that thrillin episode

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by OldDickLemon

    You might be on to something there. A handful of times over the years, Deb has spoken of vigilantes (Bay Harbor Butcher case and now the rape vigilante, obviously not knowing both are her brother) with a bit of reverence. I'd always assumed these were there to tease the idea of Dexter eventually confiding in her, but perhaps it could all be leading her down that path.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    @BadMrWonka - Freudian slip?

    by V'Shael

    You kept referring to Deb as Rita.<br /><br />"they would end the season with Rita finding out Dexter's secret, Lumen living, Robocop dying...and then let the 6th season be the final one, and let it deal entirely with Dexter and Rita's relationship (she struggles to accept what he's done, especially when an instance arises where the law isn't enough and she needs his justice...he struggles with her becoming more and more like him as she gets closer and closer to having her own dark passenger)."<br /><br />Still, I could see Dexter and Deb being so fucked up that they wound up in bed together. They're not blood related after all, and Dexter probably wouldn't see anything wrong with it.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    If the writers have real balls, Dexter will end up with Deb

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I can't remember, but have they implied or resolved if Harry was actually Dexter's biological father or not? If the show wanted to wrap up in a truly creepy fashion, Deb would find out the truth about Dexter and not only agree with it, but it would be the thing that broke down any sort of barriers between them so they could admit that all this time, they've really been in love with each other. They're dating in real life, right? So why not then end the show on as totally sick a notion as Dexter ending up romantically involved with his "sister?"

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Dexter and Deb

    by JeepWheeler25

    are married in real life.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    See, Showtime? People WANT Lumen back in season 6.

    by jsarnold513

    It's good to know I'm not alone on that one. Her character and the relationship that she has with Dexter has really grown on me.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Dexter TB, Herc!

    by jsarnold513

    We finally get one! Man, there's some good TV on Sun. nights. It's a shame it ends over the next 2 weeks.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Dexter needs to get a hair brush

    by kafka07

    brush that birds nest!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    urg, yes Deb, not Rita

    by BadMrWonka

    goddamn Jack Daniels...

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I think the hair's fake, kafka07

    by jsarnold513

    Michael C Hall was totally bald and being treated for cancer a few short months ago, yet when the season started his hair was exactly as it'd always been. I think it's a rug.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Another Lumen fan

    by Dodgy

    I soooo don't want bad things to happen to the love birds!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    4 > 2 > 5 > 1 > 3

    by GavinVanDraven

    although, depending on how this season ends, it could fall behind season 1 or shoot past season 2. for me. no way it tops season 4 or falls behind season 3. i think the show might best be served by Deb finding out what Dexter does, as the writers are clearly trying to make Deb seem sympathetic to what he does, considering all she has been through and actions she recently took. as in killing a bad guy and not feeling bad about it. Quinn looks like he's gonna get killed by Liddy somehow and Deb , or Dexter might just take Liddy out. or perhaps just Deb herself. this presents a different dynamic. both Dex and Deb are killers, but niether knows it. imagine both of them trying to hide it from each other now? mindfuck! then again, with Dexter having 2 people, Deb and Lumen, knowing what he does and one covering for him, the other a partner... it really opens up the possibilities of the show... because it puts those characters in the line of fire if dexter botches a kill. however, having a woman (Lumen)at home to help him raise the kids that isnt going to question him, and just let him do his thing, makes for a comletely different dynamic than what Rita had to offer for the show. whe way i see it, dexter eventually ends up caught, but because of the "good" that came out of his work, he becomes a Hannibal Lectar type of incarcerated profiler for the FBI. also, at least one of those kids has to shart showing serial killer tendencies eventually. thats my theory. only a week and a day to find out!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    4 = 1 > 3 = 5 > 2

    by Turingtestee

    Good point about Rita. I disagree, but that does make a lot of sense.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Lumen is awesome.

    by I Hope You Die

    She's probably the best character they've introduced since the original cast. Stiles is doing a great job. I hope she isn't killed off.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    What about...

    by Jaka

    ...Dexter, Lumen and Harrison moving away to a different town? They could introduce an entirely knew cast and do away with all the actors who will be looking for big paychecks at the end of next season. Probably never happen, but it's an idea.