Sarah Colleton “Gellar Position In Travis’ Life Is Like Harry’s Position In Dexter’s”

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In Season 6’s penultimate episode Dexter neglected to take care of himself following the Wormwood incident at the station, leaving him easy prey to be kidnapped by Doomsday Killer Travis, who left the serial-killing blood spatter analyst in the middle of the sea surrounded by fire. However, swimming ashore is the least of Dexter’s worries once Travis sets his sights on… Harrison. spoke with executive producer Sara Colleton to get the scoop on their final showdown. 

What will the ultimate showdown between Dexter and Travis look like? 

 People are fairly confident that, at the end of the day, Travis will be on the table and Dexter will survive. I think those odds are pretty good. But how that happens is a bit of a circuitous path for a finale. Historically, by the time we get to Episode 12, it is like a grand-slam race to the finish where… you know exactly what’s going to happen and you just want to go along for the ride. But here, we threw a bit of spatter in the works with Dexter ending up in the middle of the ocean. 

How will this showdown differ from what we’ve seen between Dexter and other villains in past seasons? 

Travis was a slow burn, but he is emerging as one of the really genuinely horrific villains that Dexter’s ever had to deal with. He is operating on a level of mass destruction. Dexter has involved Miami P.D. because there’s much more than his life at stake here. I think that ups everything. 

Based on the promos for next week, it seems like Dexter may have to sacrifice his son, something you were shy to confirm early on this season. Had that particular biblical symbolism been planned from the very beginning?  

 We’re not trying to do anything that is very, very specific to Christianity or Judaism or with any other prescribed religion. We don’t specifically put a label on them because we don’t really want this to be about a specific kind of religion. There is going to be something asked of Dexter that he has to weigh very carefully.  

We finally learned that Gellar had been Travis’ Dark Passenger all along. Were you nervous how audiences would react to learning that information?  

Well, you can’t be nervous because then you second guess yourself and that’s all you have. We hope that we’ve executed on every level to a degree that our audience is thrilled or intrigued or satisfied with. What we never want to do is have it be a “What the f—?” moment.  We want it to be like, “Oh, I should have seen that coming and now in retrospect I can see what this is, that Gellar’s position in Travis’ life is like Harry’s position in Dexter’s.”   

What came with the decision to have Deb  dream about her and Dexter kissing? 

We want to explore every aspect of these characters.  It’s something that in therapy you can uncover. We all have dreams and dreams can be interpreted in many forms and can mean many things and not necessarily the literal dream. That, for Deb, rocks her world and is going to make her look at herself in a way that’s a lot deeper than she has been. 

Deb has learned a lot about herself through therapy. What will happen now that she’s ended her sessions? 

I don’t know if you’ve ever undergone therapy, but they drop these seeds in you and once they are dropped, it’s like, you may not see the shrink, but stuff comes up. All of a sudden, you realize what this meant and what it symbolized. It will continue to churn around in Deb. I think her character had a fantastic year. We’ve really seen that character grow… as a leader, which does alter her relationship with Dexter because she’s always been the dingbat younger sister who was all over the place and always needed Dexter to calm her down. 

The question that always comes up— 

 I know what’s coming. 

When will Deb find out the truth about Dexter? 

Well, we only have two more years! It’s going to happen. That’s all I can tell you. But believe me, we are not going to end the series without exploring this.

Because of these dreams, will Deb start exploring who Dexter is as a person, which may bring her closer to discovering the truth? 

    It’s very interesting. In the dream, you write and create and cast, whether it’s actually Dexter in the dream or he actually represents someone else [to Deb]. The character who plays Dexter in her dream does say, “It’s wonderful now that you’re starting to see everything [isn’t] black and white.” Obviously this is something that we will be dealing with. We want to lay the seeds so it won’t be a shock to Deb. The Deb of two years ago was so black and white that if she had found out her brother was the Bay Harbor Butcher, she would be horrified and would only have one reaction, which is, “I’m going to bring you down. You’re going to go to jail.” We may end up playing it that way, but we want to lay the seeds so that we can make, perhaps, a more nuanced, complicated choice for her.

Louis seems like a serial killer in training. What are we going to see from him and his fascination with Dexter?  

He is just absolutely enthralled by Dexter. He’s a character that we’re obviously setting something up for next season. He’s a character to keep your eye on. 

There’s always death on Dexter, but what about the death or deaths in the season finale make this different than what we’ve seen before?   

It’s not about body count. It’s just about the story and how Dexter gets into it.

Can Dexter Have A Happy Ending?


After season six of Dexter concludes this Sunday, the show is slated for only another two seasons. PARADE spoke to the Michael C. Hall about the much-anticipated finale and saying goodbye to Dexter Morgan, the oddly endearing serial killer he plays on the show. Calling in from New York after a breathtaking trip to New Zealand to support the show, Hall tiptoed around details, but one thing was clear: There will be many surprises ahead.  “There is a sense of resolution, but there is some pretty fundamentally earthshaking things that happen as well,” says Hall about Sunday’s finale. Acknowledging that his statement left one wanting more, he added with a laugh, “I’m like Dexter’s press secretary, so I have to saying something without saying anything.” 

As for Deb and her Dexter romance: “The story has certainly been moving towards some sort of epiphany or recognition on her part. I think from the beginning, storytelling-wise, Dexter and Deb had a relationship that is as central to the story of the show as any. To the extent that they’ve been moving towards each other one way or another. That’s been in the cards since the beginning. Obviously, we’ve been through things personally, but we remain dear friends and fiercely committed to our work as actors on the show.” 

Can Dexter have a happy ending? “I don’t know about a happy ending. I think the question is what happens to him. Is he done in? Does he do himself in? Does he get away with it? But even if he gets away with it at this point, there have been a lot of ramifications for his behavior already. What the final verdict will be for him specifically, I can’t say. As for a happy ending, I don’t think we’re in that territory.” 

Dexter gets in touch with his emotions. “I think we’re meant to be skeptical about Dexter’s claims of inhumanity when we first meet him. At this point, especially given Dexter’s seemingly authentic connection to his role as a father and to his son. I think it’s difficult to argue that he’s without the capacity of human emotion. But his ability to compartmentalize has probably developed as much as anything.”  

“I couldn’t have really imagined the past ten years, and I would like to believe that the next ten years for me have things in store that I couldn’t quite imagine right now. I would love to return to the stage. I’d love to do film. Eventually, I would like to do another television series, but it’s not really at the top of my list after the past two. But I don’t know. I’d love to mix things up and take jobs that have a foreseeable beginning, middle and end as opposed to these open-ended characters and people surrounded by dead bodies.”


Dexter Season 6 Finale Teasers

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Taken from a post at IMDB, this are the major, hints teasers and spoilers about the season 6 finale episode of Dexter, “This Is the Way the World Ends”.  

 Episode 12 is great entertainment. If you’ve seen the previews, you know the stakes are high and personal. When we first see Dexter, he’s floating in the middle of the ocean, desperately clinging to the debris of the rowboat. Although we know that Dexter will survive, there’s a helpless desperation that we haven’t seen in him for some time. He’s resigned himself to the fact that he’s going to die and finds it ironically fitting that his body will vanish into the sea without a trace. His deepest fear and regret isn’t death itself, but that he will never see Harrison grow up and become a man. It’s a great way to start the episode.   

If Jennifer Carpenter gets any kind of award consideration this year, guaranteed her highlight clip will be pulled from this episode.  

Colin Hanks goes out on a fairly strong note. If you’re a Hanks hater, nothing will change your mind here, but he looks worn down and weathered in a few scenes achieving the right amount of menace. 

 If you’ve enjoyed Season 6 so far, then Episode 12 is a nice capper on the continuing adventures of Dexter Morgan.