With only two episodes left-- ever-- for Showtime's Dexter, the cast and executive producers didn't want to say too much about what would go down in the moments before we say good-bye to America's favorite serial killer forever. When they took the stage for the Paley Center for Media's "Farewell to Dexter" panel event earlier tonight in Los Angeles, though, Sara Colleton did point out that "a storm was coming"-- both literally and figuratively, which makes the events of the final two episodes happen very quickly, packing a lot more action into a short on-screen time span.
"It was a first draft that was brilliant and that absolutely nailed it, but where we wanted to go, the natural arc from the very beginning was talked about, but two years ago when we decided where we wanted the finish line to be in the very broadest strokes, we arced out those two years but we talked very specifically about how we wanted it to end. It felt right at the beginning, and it absolutely felt right at the end," Colleton said.
Series star Michael C. Hall who also serves as an executive producer on the show agreed with Colleton, noting that in the past when he has felt storylines have sort of veered off of a natural track for his character, he has spoken up about it to champion for change. But at the end of this eighth season there was no need for any of that in his mind because he felt "excited" and "gratified" that they were still making something creative and unique and special.
"Ninety-six episodes in we were all really called upon to really invest ourselves and really bring it home. It was exciting to read the scripts," Hall said.
"When we shot the final final scene, it was like the feeling, you know when you read a really great book and you read the last page, and something's sort of hovering in the air? It was like that times 100 with all of the people who were there and just kind of a collective, magical, sad, lot of things at once."
While Dexter is coming to an end, and Hall is hanging up his kill outfit forever, Showtime has been buzzing around the possibility of a spin-off with EP Scott Buck. Much of the discussion has been that it could be a vehicle for Jennifer Carpenter and her fan favorite foul mouth Debra Morgan, but Carpenter doesn't seem to think that will happen, and she's okay with that.
"I think I have played Deb from start to finish," Carpenter cryptically said, noting that she is leaving a lot of the parts of that character that seeped into her personality behind with the show as a sense of catharsis.
"It's going to sound ridiculous to say but everything led up to this finale. We built a beautiful, confusing, conflicting structure, and I was happy with the finished product, and I'm happy to walk away. The only reason I'm okay walking away was because the finale felt appropriate and right."
In all honesty, though, there is nothing official or confirmed about a potential spin-off. Colleton noted that while "anything is possible," they are looking forward to capping these eight seasons first.
"I think for all of us right now, it's been such a wonderful, emotional, and satisfying journey that we just want to get this sense of completion," Colleton said.
After almost 100 episodes and almost a decade working together, Hall still took a moment to marvel at how far the show came, not only for the scope of television but also for the audience and what they would accept.
"One thing that was beyond our wildest dreams, or beyond mine, was that somehow the simulation of arguably justifiable serial murder could bring people together. Someone came up to me recently at a film festival and thanked me for bringing him and his fourteen year old son closer together," Hall said.
"And truly that's a heck of a thing."
Dexter will air its final episode-- ever-- on September 22 2013 at 9 p.m. only on Showtime. How do you hope it ends, and who would you want to see more from in a potential spin-off? Let us know in the comments below!
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