It looks like Dexter is sticking around for a little longer. E! is reporting that a sixth season of Dexter is on the cards for next year with the possibility of the seventh to follow. The deal is expected to be confirmed soon but details for now have it as a one-season renewal that comes with the expectation of another. However, the contracts of the primary actors will have to be sorted out before a seventh season can commence.
The current, and fifth, season of Dexter has two episodes remaining; as Dexter Morgan and Lumen Pierce (played by Julia Stiles) continue their hunt for serial rapists/murderers responsible for stuffing more than a dozen girls into barrels after raping and torturing them. Dexter has to contend with the prying of corrupt narcotics cop Stan Liddy (Peter Weller) along with the pressures of being a good father.
After a slugglish start to the season dealing with the fall out from Rita’s death, it was difficult to see how the season would unfold and how the character would ultimately deal with the loss. The first episodes seemed to lag a little (as ratings would indicate) but with the introduction of Julia Stiles (fantastic as Lumen), the story arc seemed to find its legs and the intrigue and intricacies of the show seemed to return in full. The last two episodes have been the highest rated of the season thus far (pulling in roughly 2.11 and 2.54 million viewers respectively) and an indicator the last two of the season will finish strong.
The majority of what has unfolded has been strong; the only serious sticking point has been the unraveling of the Batista/LaGuerta marriage subplot, which seems like an unnecessary distraction. Misleading viewers with the Santa Muerte killings before launching head first into the “barrel girls” was a great slice of television, and the complexities of the characters have benefited significantly.
Where will Dexter and Lumen end the season? Will we get another massive event the way the fourth season ended? Time will tell, but either way, we’re excited at the prospect of more Dexter.