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COMIC-CON 2010: Showtime reveals 'Dexter' Season 5 teaser with Michael C. Hall admission: 'It was me'

July 22, 2010 |  7:30 pm

Showtime brought some fresh "Dexter" footage to Comic-Con on Thursday with a Season 5 teaser that shows Michael C. Hall's serial killer brought low after his wife Rita's mysterious murder in last season's cliffhanger (mild spoilers follow).

"It was me," Dexter dazedly says at the crime scene, in an open-ended line that summoned plenty of curiosity at the panel devoted to the show. The montage also showed a provocative shot of the couple's infant Harrison seated and crying in a large pool of blood. (Unfortunately, Showtime is not yet allowing online embeds of the video due to still-unresolved music-rights issues.)

Hall -- now greeted at Comic-Con to the rafters-rattling cheers typically reserved for a conquering hero -- said the nonstop twists had kept the series from growing stale, although he was disappointed by the exit of costar Julie Benz, who played Rita. "It's as wide open a feeling and as new as it's ever been," the actor said of the show. "It's a testament to our writing staff." 

Asked to pick a favorite guest star, Hall cited John Lithgow, who won plaudits last season for playing the Trinity Killer. He added jokingly: "I've enjoyed all the people I've killed."

At an earlier panel (devoted to antiheroes in Showtime series, including "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie"), Hall was asked how he felt about Dexter's harsh brand of justice, the code that impels him to kill only those he feels deserve it. "If he just put up pictures of people and put a big X on their face, I don't think it would be as interesting," Hall said. "He kills arguably horrible people and that's why we give him a pass."

-- Scott Collins (follow me on Twitter @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: A scene from the season premiere of "Dexter." Credit: Sonja Flemming / Showtime


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