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TCA Press Tour: The atonement of 'Dexter' Morgan

July 29, 2010 |  1:01 pm


When "Dexter" returns for its fifth season in September, things will pick up exactly where the fourth season ended: with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) discovering Rita (Julie Benz) gruesomely murdered and their baby son covered in blood.

From there, the season will move into exploring Dexter's atonement, executive producer Sara Colleton said at a session for the show at press tour Thursday. Dexter's mourning process will be complicated since America's favorite serial killer certainly has some culpability in these matters and he doesn't know how to handle emotions of any kind.

"As he's going through different stages of grief -- although for Dexter it's completely unarticulated ... he doesn't know what he's feeling, there will be different characters who will come in and interact and so as the season progresses, some of these characters interlock," Colleton said. "The through line is Dexter's atonement and different people help along the way at different capacities.

For the first time, Dexter Morgan will not be chasing one big, bad serial killer, which is good news for actors everywhere because who could possibly come after Dexter after John Lithgow's Trinity Killer? Among the actors joining the cast in non-murdering recurring roles are Julia Stiles and Johnny Lee Miller.

Besides grieving, Dexter won't have much time for his bloody tendencies. He's now the single dad of three children.

"He has some responsibilities that are really serious," Colleton said. "Like all single dads, they don't know until the wife is gone just how much that is."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Michael C. Hall on "Dexter." Credit: Randy Tepper / Showtime


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