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Published at: June 28, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

“Dexter” executive producer Sara Colleton tells TV Guide:

We wanted to end it this year, but the network convinced us that it would be best to do it in two years. In some ways, this is a two-season series-ender. We have worked that out and know where it's going to end. Next year will definitely be the last year of Dexter. Absolutely.

Showtime launches “Dexter’s” penultimate season Sept. 30.

Find all of Colleton’s interview with TV Guide here.

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  • June 28, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    First

    by lordjaga

  • June 28, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Bye Dexter From My Bro

    by lordjaga

  • June 28, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Only three years too late then

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Probably should have ended it with the Trinity killer. Unless they pull a miracle out of their ass (and given the bizarre incest subplot that's leading into this season, that seems unlikely), Dexter will be remembered as that show with two good seasons...

  • June 28, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    This show died for me already

    by Fart Magnus

    The Julia Styles season killed this once great show for me. Fucking lame shit. That combined with the will Deb find out/ won't she cock tease reminiscent of the Maddie/David Moonlighting thing and this show jumped the shark MANY years ago.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Should have died after TRINITY.

    by Gus

  • June 28, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Thank Fuck.

    by vanchimera

    Sick of being told how great such a bland show is.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    No, Dexter 2006-2009

    by georgecauldron

    Seasons 5 and 6 were abysmal.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Typical

    by SeVen Higgins

    You sausage farmers kill me. Why the fuck should the show end after Trinity? All the shit that is on TV and you would want a top ten show to end because everything has to go out on a high note. A show should go on as long as it has a story to tell. And an audience willing to go along for the ride. Even if the last 2 season can't top Trinity (and that is a really high mountain to climb) people are emotional invested in Dex still. What do you want? You trust Showtime to develop something original and compelling in its place? They got shit lucky with Homeland, a show by all rights should NOT be on Showtime. If studios listen to you fucks we would have nothing but even more singing competions and 30 year old broads playing high school heroines, so you can continue to make your parents wall look like a blue light Picasso painting.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Season 1 and 2. Don't bother with any other.

    by Pixelsmack

    The rest are shit.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    The season with the Trinity Killer is excellent.

    by _Venkman

    I guess it's for the best that the show is ending...the season with Lumen was horrible and this past season wasn't too good.

  • June 28, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I hate long goodbyes. See ya next year Dex.

    by adeceasedfan

  • June 28, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Still watching it but it has been dying for a while

    by Heresy

    Hopefully they have some good ideas in the pile so they can finish strong.

  • That Julia Stiles arc and Colin Hanks as the villain last year were just about as bad as TV gets.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    MEH!!!

    by Jared Parker

    should have killed it after season 4

  • June 28, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    It's been painful since S4 ended

    by FrodoFraggins

    I no longer have much hope in the final two seasons.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    This was like news about a year ago

    by Rob0729

    When the show was renewed for two seasons last November, they said that they would end the show after that run. Hopefully with an end game in mind, the show will get better than it has been the last two seasons. I think part of the problem is how long can Dexter keep killing people and just disappear every night until someone gets suspicious? Now they can show his world unraveling. Personally I felt killing off Doakes so soon was a stupid move because he actually showed that in an office full of police detectives that at least one would realize there is something off about him. They recycled that storyline with Quinn, but he clearly was too much of a selfish prick to ever be believable as the one cop who saw Dexter as something off.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Is that seriously the box art for the Spider-Man 2 bluray?

    by Gene Cowan

    Because that is really, really awful.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Terrible show

    by Prior Walter

    Started out great! Got awful fast. Season 4 gave me hope. But it's just awful now. This last season was the stupidest shit I've ever seen on TV. Colin Hanks was cringe inducing and it was just STUPID STUPID STUPID! And Deb is in love with Dexter??? Ew! The worst though was how Deb finds out. After all of this time, no buildup, no suspense, no detective work. Lame.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    yourmomsbox3d

    by Rob0729

    Well, you just misunderstood what they said. They meant they were done with interesting big bads. After the Ice Truck Killer, the psycho bitch girlfriend, Miguel Prada, and Trinity; they trotted out the motivational speaker killer and the poorest execution of a "character who really isn't there, but we ain't supposed to know it yet" I have ever seen. Adding to the fact that Colin Hanks proves that on screen presence and charisma is not a genetic trait that is passed on by your father apparently, last year's killer was way underwhelming.

  • June 28, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    prior walter

    by Rob0729

    I actually thought they did an ok job building up to Deb finding out about Dexter through her therapy session (until the last one where she admitted to basically wanting to jump Dexter's bones). Where they screwed it up was that instead of her figuring it out on her own, she just happened to walk in on him during a kill because she wanted to tell him she was in love with him. In fairness, in the books, Deb finds out about Dexter by accident too. Although it is more believable since Dexter was saving her from his homicidal brother.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-UltraViolet-Digital-Copy-Blu-ray/dp/B007L4HFDI/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1340933029&sr=1-3

  • June 28, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    ...and Spider-Man 3!

    by Andrew

    http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-UltraViolet-Digital-Copy-Blu-ray/dp/B007L4HET8/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_img_c

  • June 28, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I agree, the Trinity story was the last great season.

    by Voice O. Reason

    The Julia Stiles stuff was at least watchable, but the Colin Hanks season was crap from beginning to end.

  • June 28, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Last season was ok but the "twist" was so poorly done

    by Adelai Niska

    I guess they assumed nobody had ever seen Fight Club or the Sixth Sense. Curious about Masuka's creepy interns next year.

  • June 28, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    It's not incest - they aren't blood relatives

    by Jaka

    I liked every season other than the last one. I was a big defender of the Julia Styles season. I really enjoyed that season and I think they missed a golden opportunity to continue some of those storylines into the next one. Lumen was a great way to bounce Dexter's life off of someone who knew more about him and wasn't part of his work at the station. Now they've had to spend time writing Deb into basically playing the same part, except she DOES work with him, which isn't nearly as interesting. I mean, we all assumed (hoped) she was going to find out someday, anyway. So there needs to be someone else on the show to be Rita, or Lumen. <p> Season six I can't defend - after all was said and done, it was weak sauce. I think they were off base killing Brother Sam so quickly. Hanks acting was pretty terrible. And the twist, in hindsight, was so obvious that they had me believing that it wasn't a twist. The psychology and symbolism behind the crimes wasn't nearly as interesting as they thought it was, either.

  • June 28, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    colefornication

    by Rob0729

    Showtime only bought the rights to the first Dexter book. That is why they don't follow the books like say Game of Thrones or to lesser extent True Blood does. Also, although the books are better, they would translate as well on screen. Portraying Dexter's dark passenger as they are in the books could come off pretty hokey on screen (granted making the Dark Passenger by book three it's own character was a bit hokey in the books too). Making Cody and Astor serial killers in training would be pretty stupid on screen.

  • June 28, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Even so-so Dexter

    by Peter David

    Is higher quality than a lot of programs. I actually enjoyed the most recent season more than I did the previous one. I did not see the reveal with Olmos's character coming, and it's usually hard to slip stuff like that past me. I also recommend the novel series, with the exception of the absolutely ghastly "Dexter in the Dark" which was so wrong-headed it should never have made it off the editor's desk. PAD

  • June 28, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm an asshole.

    by SwollenGoat

    I liked season 5.

  • June 28, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    colefornication

    by Rob0729

    Showtime only bought the rights to the first Dexter book. That is why they don't follow the books like say Game of Thrones or to lesser extent True Blood does. Also, although the books are better, they would translate as well on screen. Portraying Dexter's dark passenger as they are in the books could come off pretty hokey on screen (granted making the Dark Passenger by book three it's own character was a bit hokey in the books too). Making Cody and Astor serial killers in training would be pretty stupid on screen.

  • June 28, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    The intern will learn Dexter's secret; by following His online

    by garagons

  • June 28, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    searches. And they will

    by garagons

  • June 29, 2012, midnight CST

    PAD

    by dukeroberts

    I'm surprised you didn't catch on to that. It was pretty obvious by episode two. My roommate said it during episode one. I hope for great things in the last two seasons. I have not given up on Dex. I think the kid has messed him up a little. Kids always ruin TV shows.

  • June 29, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    OLD NEWS

    by Phategod2

    This was announced like a year ago.

  • June 29, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I feel the last season of Dexter should be his trial

    by Phategod2

    And final episode he's aquitted for all crimes, he goes home knowing he's guilty of all the crimes he's commited and becomes his Final Victim.

  • June 29, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    @ toora_loo-rye-meh - HAHAHAHA, it's so true.

    by Scottie Richardson

  • June 29, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    "WE NEED A WHORE!"

    by Ballbag

    Yep, pretty much everything in Season 6 required a whore. Still love Dexter though, they have the chance to end this very well if they go down the right route.

  • June 29, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Season 2 > 1 > 4 > 3

    by Jonathan

    >_<

  • June 29, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    2 > 1 > 4 > 3 > 5 > 6

    by Jonathan

    Sorry, forgot 5 & 6 existed. >_<

  • June 29, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Loved Dexter 1-4

    by My best friend

    Watched season 5 but didn't even bother watching season 6. Moved on to Breaking Bad.

  • June 29, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Also,

    by Jonathan

    I miss Doakes... mutha' fucka'

  • On TV right now there are only a handful of shows I care to watch. The rest I dislike. I could be an immature cunt and post messages about my hatred for the shows I don't care for! Or, I could do what normal, sensible, mature and intelligent people do and ignore what I dislike. I can't imagine how sad, or bitter you have to be to wish for something that others find entertaining to be cancelled. That attitude is incredibly immature. It's really sad. I'd love to know what Dexter haters want on TV to replace this show? I'm wondering if the Dexter haters are teary eyed at the loss of Alcatraz, Terra Nova, Charlie's Angels, Pan Am or whatever their favourites were? Out of interest, how do these whiney trolls react in restaurants when people order different food to you? Or how do you react when someone drives past in a car you dislike? What about people walking down the street wearing clothes you don't care for? How do you react to people in jobs you're incapable of doing? Do you walk around screaming at everyone that does something different to you? Or is it that you're so pathetic, so lonely, and so cowardly that you only whine when you have the anonymity of the net to hide behind?

  • June 29, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Seasons 5 + 6...

    by Swoomustdie

    Were not bad, they just weren't great either. Definitely not as garbage as people want to make it out to be. I do agree Seasons 1,2, and 4 are the best though.

  • June 29, 2012, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Don't get the hate either

    by Ciderman

    Even when it wasn't the best season it was still better than most of the rest. Felt the last season was really just half of a greater story arc. Too many threads left to be tied up. Can't wait to see two more seasons of some of the best tv on tv. How come there are so few positive opinions on these talkbalks anymore? It's as if people can only have fun when they are hating... pity that....

  • June 29, 2012, 5:32 a.m. CST

    That SM2 box art looks incomplete

    by Autodidact

    Why do so many blu-rays get godawful cover art?

  • Um, you seem to be the only one whining because of others' differences of opinions. I thought the last season of Dexter was some of the worst television I've ever seen. You disagree? I'm cool with that. You on the other hand seem bitter about that. As for those show you mentioned, don't watch. Community, Louie, Mad Men, Breaking Bad -- those are shows I consider quality. This is a show that had detectives walk up to a guy in a park, hand him a piece of paper and ask "Is this your Internet Protocol address?" The man glances at the paper and says "Yes"! Seriously? Fucking ridiculous. This is what I'd expect from that NCIS show where they have two people "hacking" on the same keyboard.

  • June 29, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    booorrrring

    by JAMF

    gave up after about 3 seasons i think. it was the one with the hispanic dude. it was the same shit every week. i hear he got married to or moved in with that chick with the kids or something? it always annoyed me how he droned on about not having emotions etc but was in a relationship with a woman, involving sex, cheated on her and also had a smirk on his face most of the time. no emotions. stonecold serial killer. rrright.

  • June 29, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST

    actually this talkback is making me

    by JAMF

    think i should at least check out s4 with lithgow, i may download a few eps later.

  • June 29, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Poison Gas...

    by Pat

    The first four seasons were great telelvision. I even liked the Jimmy Smits stuff. Season 5 stumbled out of the gate but I thought it picked up some steam and ended fairly strong. Aside from the Mos Def subplot which I did enjoy, season 6 was utter tripe. I realized it had gone completely off the rails in the ...wait for it...POISON GAS episode. Every other line was "poison gas" and then what did we get? Fucking poison gas! Any plot that takes itself seriously and then deploys the old poison gas nonsense is game for intense scrutiny.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Deb should put Dex Down

    by cleetdog101

    ... Old Yeller style...

  • June 29, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Honestly had no problems til last season . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . aside from the last 10 seconds that season was absolutely idiotic.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Duke--yeah, I was surprised, too

    by Peter David

    I mean, I figured out the end of "The Sixth Sense" from the point where he was sitting on the park bench at the beginning. I figured out "The Crying Game" without having seen it. So yeah, I was surprised that I was blindsided by this one. The only explanation I can offer is that I fell victim to good casting. I was a fan of Colin Hanks' work on "The Good Guys" (judging by the ratings, I was probably the only one) and so associated him with his heroic character. Meanwhile Olmos can play menacing really well. So for me it just seemed more "natural" thinking of Hanks as an essentially decent guy caught up by, and in thrall to, a strong minded bastard. Also, I generally enjoy Dexter way more than apparently most of the hypercritical people here and so I just kind of went with it, never questioning. Dexter is a show that I make no attempt to anticipate what's coming; I just kind of go with it. PAD

  • June 29, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    If you are able to go through a show 6 seasons deep.......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...and say the the majority of the series ranged from mediocre to BAD I wonder why the fuck you were sticking with it to begin with? I'd never stick with a show I thought only had 1-2 solid seasons. Spoiler Alert -- you probably wont like the last 2 seasons either fucktards but my guess is we'll still get to hear you say how much you don't like it over the next few years anyway right? Because like insane morons looking for some shit to hate - you'll still be watching. The same type of dullards do this shit with The Office. We get it - you don't like the show anymore. HOW FUCKING FASCINATING!

  • June 29, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Could make it to 2014...

    by slappy magoo

    Depends on when the final season premieres. If it start late October-early November 2013, and has a 12-13 episode run, that'll get it into January. Why, yes, that is pissy and trivial, why do you ask?

  • June 29, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Spiderman Art.........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    wow Common promo stills we've all seen with blurred edges and a drop shadow lazily dropped on a blue background. That's it? A graphic Designer was PAID for this?????????

  • The main reason is that I was a huge fan of the first four. Naturally, I am going to watch season 5, which actually started off with a lot of promise, and then slipped off once the Julia Stiles arc pushed its way into the forefront. I shrugged it off with a "meh", overall, but still came away with certain plot points, character developments, and individual episodes (particularly when Deb comes thisclose to catching Dexter behind the curtain) that I could remember fondly. Then came last season. Which, with the exception of the final 20 seconds, was one of the worst television ever to grace my DVR. That's right, my DVR. That's what got me through Colin Hanks and Dexter's stupid "bad boy" road trip. If I had to watch that every Sunday night, right at 10 PM, like I had every other season, I would have definitely tapped out, I assure you. And that saving grace of an ending is the only thing that will allow me to give this new season a shot. On second thought, DVR is the devil. I could have been out.

  • June 29, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Season 6 was Dexter's best season yet

    by TheFifthCylon

    (and Season 4 was hard to top!) Seasons 7 and 8 have their work cut out for them. It does seem like the even numbered seasons are the best because seasons 2, 4, and 6 are the best seasons.

  • June 29, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    "I wonder why the fuck you were sticking with it to begin with?"

    by Prior Walter

    Why? Well, I loved the first season, so I watched the second season, which I thought was okay. So I watched the third, which was BORING, but the residual enjoyment of the first two seasons brought me back for the fourth. Which was great. So I watched season 5. Dull and silly, but after season 4 I knew the show was capable of rebounding. But no, season 6 pretty much destroyed the series with its awfulness. Everyone suddenly became stupid. The Miami homicide division had no idea you could trace "Internet Protocol Addresses"? A mysterious new intern who gives Dexter an amazing new search engine. Poison gas. Colin Hanks' terrible performance which consisted mostly of squinting hard. Deb falling in love with her brother. Dexter used to be a show that valued intelligence but has now become one of this shows where people will excuse the incredible stupidity with "It's only a TV show!". Which is true but it used to be a TV show that didn't need excuses for plot holes and lazy writing.

  • June 29, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    PAD

    by Fart Magnus

    Mr. David - Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your novels 'Vendetta' and 'Imzadi'. Vendetta scared the absolute crap out of me as a younger person, since back then the Borg were scary as hell and your novel added to that. Funny thing about Imzadi is that I STILL use the 'traction' joke when referring to body hair, coincidentally, just used it tonight with my partner! Of course the kids here will have NO idea what I am talking about.

  • And sexy-as-a-dull-German-schoolboy Julia Stiles didn't help. I was more interested in the Peter Weller subplot.

  • June 29, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Colin Hanks awfulness - most agree. THE PROBLEM WITH THE TWIST

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    He was just weak. He nailed the creepy part I guess, but just seemed weak overall. AS FOR THE TWIST. I liked the twsit but the main probem is they dragged it out so long it became obvious. By the time we got the "reveal" it was totally anti-climatic. But I do have to say - you wont find many on aicn who will admit to not seeing the twist coming. But on other sites I've seen many fans say the twist blew them away. The Fight Club twist to me would have worked if it was only a 1 or 2 episode thing. then the viewer wouldn't have had sooooooo much time to think about the easy clues. Also - in this day and age of the internet - people are quick to figure stuff out and post it immediately. So even if you wouldn't have gotten it - you would have been spoiled quickly. But that's not the show's fault.

  • June 29, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    5 good seasons in a row

    by Dr Hemlock

    Season 6 was crap. I don't understand why so many people dislike the Julia Stiles season. Showtime is rerunning it now and it's fine.

  • June 29, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    5 good seasons in a row

    by Dr Hemlock

    Season 6 was crap. I don't understand why so many people dislike the Julia Stiles season. Showtime is rerunning it now and it's fine.

  • June 29, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I boycotted season 5 on account of Julia Styles being cast in a major role

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    That pan faced, coal burning skank just annoy's the hell out of me. I honestly thought her career died along with Freddie Prinze Jr.'s ten years ago.

  • In my head I hear the sound of a dump truck full of money backing up into a certain producer's driveway.

  • June 29, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles Season

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    It's much better on a 2nd viewing. At least for me it was. But I don't get why the writers said they wouldn't do another big bad after Lithgow. They basically did just that with the murderous motivational speaker. And again with Colin hanks.

  • June 29, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles Season

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    It's much better on a 2nd viewing. At least for me it was. But I don't get why the writers said they wouldn't do another big bad after Lithgow. They basically did just that with the murderous motivational speaker. And again with Colin hanks.

  • Personally I think you love the show, but are one of those immature forum trolls who love complaining when a storyline isn't as you'd hoped, or when a character turns out different to what you wanted. You've listed four shows you like... go watch those, and ignore everything else. The rest of us are enjoying a wider variety of TV and accept sometimes shows aren't perfect!

  • June 29, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The first two season were amazing

    by Supermans

    For some reason I didn't start watching the show until it showed up on Netflix, just like 24, and watched the entire season for both of those shows in less than a week. I have to say with Dexter, it definitely drew me in and made me a fan. 24 also started out with a bang the first two seasons and in the same fashion, started getting silly by the end of the series. Granted I hope these last two seasons of Dexter are great. It can't be worse than the Julia Stiles season is pretty much all we can hope for. Also, where is this 24 movie going to get started?

  • For me the biggest problem was Dexter suddenly becoming a complete idiot. The only thing that would make sense would be if he was trying to get caught. Why else would he make an active crime scene his kill room? The same place that was the former lair of the killer everyone else thought was still out there and were looking for. The same place Deb had told him earlier in the day to clear (so he knew she expected him to be there) and the same place he told his babysitter he was going to be. His alibi for going out so he could kill Hanks was the exact same place he was actually going to. He told her where he was going and it never occurred to him what would happen if, while he was there, someone asked "hey, where's Dexter?"?

  • June 29, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I too really enjoyed "The Good Guys"

    by jim

    As for the twist, someone here put forth the possibility early on in the season (second or third episode in). I think I probably would have eventually seen it coming but can't say for sure. I do know that once the idea was in my head it did seem fairly obvious as the season went on. So much so, like Jaka, I began to think the twist was that we were supposed to think he wasn't real when he actually was. That is until the couple of episodes before the reveal when Olmos would just randomly, conveniently pop up in just the right place at exactly the right time. Despite being the subject of a very public manhunt he was able to show up anywhere with complete ease. Then the 70 year old professor seemingly squeezed through a window, jumped from the church tower and disappeared into the night in the 5 seconds it took Dexter to get up there. Granted, I don't know any theology professors, but I don't think being part ninja is one of the job qualifications.

  • June 29, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    prior walter - you nailed it

    by supertoyslast

    Those are pretty much the same reasons that I continue to watch Dexter. I found the first season to be compellingly brilliant. So I continued to watch when the quality dipped from 'great' to merely 'good'. I've only seen up to Season 5 but the quality has varied from 'ok' to 'good'. I don't see why some people equate being a bit disappointed with a dip in quality with hating a show. If I find a show I love I will stick with it unless it becomes irredeemably bad - which Dexter hasn't yet (although I haven't seen Season 6). I will be disappointed in a decline in quality because I will always hope that it can be as good as it once was. I think most fans have done this. Star Wars fans may have been disappointed with The Phantom Menace, but I'm sure most of them still saw Attack of the Clones. With the story so close to its conclusion I'm sure most Dexter fans will watch until the end. Otherwise watching the past six seasons will have been a bit of a waste.

  • June 29, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    60 year old professor, not 70

    by jim

    sorry EJO

  • June 29, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    American shows are milked for too long

    by donkey_lasher

    Not many remain at a high quality for five to eight seasons. And if they are 20+ episodes, for each one, there's a good chance of failure. It's hard investing your time in a TV show that could either be cancelled or be ruined by the writers trying to come up with more new ideas. 10-12 episodes per season is the way to go.

  • I imagine there is an endgame in store for the split last season of Breaking Bad, and it ain't gonna end pretty.

  • There was a twist halfway through season six (not saying what it was in case anyone is behind) that was ASTOUNDING. It was just masterfully done. I didn't think they'd ever top season 4 and Trinity, but when they got to the 'twist' in season 6 they did it. They topped season 4. The next day at work, it was all anyone could talk about.

  • June 29, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    thefifthcylon

    by thomskis

    I was disappointed with pretty much every aspect of that. The reveal shot the load far too early, and the old boy was a far more compelling villain. Also his relationship with the young boy was far more compelling than anything else. I have enjoyed every season thus far, but 6 seemed lazy beyond belief, the characterisation of Joey as spiralling out of control by constantly having some hair sticking up and looking gormless being a case in point. 'Hello whore' line laughable and EVERYBODY waiting on Dexter for THE FIRST TIME EVER before entering the crime scene. Still enjoyed it though.

  • June 29, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    donkey lasher - american shows

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Breaking bad proves american shows can go for a while and maintain quality. I don't think many people will dispute every BB season was classic.

  • June 29, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    its about time

    by Seth Cohen

    this show lasted longer than it should have... i like it and all, but it way jumped the shark a while back

  • without having to have a particular "Big Bad" per season. Walter, Jesse, Tuco, the grandfather, Gus, Mike, Saul, the cartel, etc. etc. are all connected like the roots of a tree. The seasons themselves play together like one giant episode. And I can't wait to see how it concludes.

  • June 29, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    last season was unforgivable

    by gboybama

    I kept hoping it would get better but ended up finishing out of pure OCD obligation. Dumb writing, inconsistent characters and plot contrivances every five minutes. Lazy. This show's arc from great to shitty reminded me of BSG and Lost.

  • June 29, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Time to quit already passed

    by thommcg

    The shows gone into making fun of itself. Downhill since season 2 ended :( Occasional flashes of goodness, but that's it.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    One thing that really bugged me...

    by LordBond

    The Doomsday Killer paints a huge picture of Dexter on the wall of a crime scene. And then for the first time ever on the show, Dexter arrives at the crime scene to find that NOBODY has been in there yet. They were waiting for him. The Olmos reveal and the anti-climactic Deb discovery I can overlook, but this one just blew me away. IT MADE NO SENSE! That said, I do still enjoy Dexter. I'm sure S6 was just a glitch. Now they have an end point to work towards, I have high hopes for these last two seasons. Also, I'm totally fine with the Dex/Deb relationship. How many times must it be said... They're not related. And if it still seems weird, I think Deb has earned the right to be a little emotionally fucked-up in the head.

  • June 30, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Train Wreck

    by PotSmokinAlien

    This show's trajectory has been sad. Seasons 1 and 2 were spectacular. They hit the highest level of lowbrow plot pulp excellence and highbrow thematic subtext. "What does it mean to be an outsider?" "What is the difference between classifying yourself as an outsider vs being rejected by society?" These are the questions those seasons asked, and that is some bold shit in any medium. The show ought to be remembered just for trying to take that on. But jesus, talk about falling hard. This show is now just a silly parody of what it used to be. I didn't even bother with the Colin Hanks season because the Lumen season had a great premise that it totally fucked up, and the same could be said of season 3.  And once a show fucks the same dog twice, it's time to cut ties. RIP dex. I hope the principal actors invest their last 2 years' salary wisely.

  • June 30, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    perfect ending for Dex

    by quintana007

    He lands on the table of another justice-driven killer. Or his sis just shoots him...

  • July 1, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    i never got why they used his brother as the first killer.

    by kingoflight

    i would have saved that one till later.

  • July 1, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    The first twats...

    by bonzai1888

    What is actually the point of this, every one of those mongs contribute absolutely fuck all other than typing "first". I don't get it.

  • It looks like something a 7th grader would've made for his Myspace page in 2005. But Dexter... I like that show. I haven't seen any episodes past season 4, but I like it a lot.

  • July 1, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Breaking Bad has ruined cable TV.

    by Mr. Anderson

    That show is so fucking good it's unfair. Nothing else can even touch it, and otherwise good shows like Dexter seem to pale in comparison. Even something as genius as Mad Men can't hold up next to Breaking Bad.

  • anyhow.....i thought that that season was re4ally lame until the last few episodes which were phenomenal.....of course the end of the finale was terrific. I have been saying since season two that it would be really difficult to continue this show so hats off they made it last this long. I just had no inclination to watch it anymore after season 4

  • July 1, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone shocked by the S6 switched is a moron

    by FrodoFraggins

    It was freaking obvious from the beginning.

  • July 2, 2012, noon CST

    bonzai1888, they do it just to piss you off

    by jim

    so, mission accomplished

  • Funny because it is true

  • July 2, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    It was the worst show on TV last year

    by David Duchovny

    simply because of the huge drop off in the quality of the writing--oh, and Colin Hanks. Agree with the poster above--you had to have been brain dead no not to have guessed the twist in the first few eps. It was so obvious, I was actually rooting for Olmos to show up alive during the finale. That would have been rather brilliant--and maybe saved the season.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    kingoflight

    by David Duchovny

    Pretty sure that when Dexter went into production--the first book was all they had to go on. Plus, who would have guessed that the show would have even gotten renewed? Give the guy at Showtime who green lighted it major props.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Let's turn every TV show thread into a Breaking Bad thread

    by David Duchovny

    It really is king of the hill right now--and arguably the best show to have ever been on TV. I've watched every episode 4 times. That just doesn't happen--even The Wire, I only watched twice.

  • July 2, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Do you people like anything?

    by shatners hairpiece

    All anyone in these talkbacks can do is shit on the movies and tv shows they spend their lives watching. Jesus Christ, people... It's just a fucking tv show. It's not supposed to heal your broken life. It's supposed to keep you from obsessing about it for an hour. If you criticize a season of Dexter, it means you still watched it rather than read a book it talk to a person or go on a date so lighten the fuck up!!!

  • July 2, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck

    by _Maltheus_

    I was gonna force my way through the final season, but if they're going to do this, stretch it out, Lost-Sopranos style BS, I'm done now. The last season was probably the worst season I've seen of any television show in the last 20 years. It was brought to us by a new showrunner who apparently hasn't been replaced for these final two seasons, and I just can't suffer that idiot again. This was once my favorite show on television because the lead was a beliveably intelligent character, who was completely disconnected from the human race. Over time, they made him stupid and compassionate. Serial killers should not improve and become more human over time, especially as they're killing people at a record pace. Showtime screwed up Weeds by making it too serious and they screwed up Dexter, by making it too goofy. Oh and of course, the whole Deb-Dex incest angle make's Fonzies shark jumping worthy of dramatic acclaim, by comparison. As for Breaking Bad, I hate to say it, but it's going down the same route, and last season was the first I could not easily enjoy. I loved that show for Walt's intelligence, but now he's way stupider than Jesse even. And there's way too much crying for Emmy's on BB. Thank God Gus' storyline is over and they can focus on doing something else with these remaining years. But I doubt I'll buy anything they come up with, now that they've dumbed Walt down so much. He'll never be the kingpin/scarface character that we were teased with. Not in any credible fashion, anyway.