'Dexter' Star on the Final Season: 'No One Leaves Unscathed'
Aimee Garcia as Jamie Batista in the "Dexter" Season 8 episode, "Every Silver Lining."
Sunday marks the beginning of the end: After seven seasons, a lot of secrets revealed (and some big ones still hidden), and buckets of blood, serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), his sister, and his co-workers are about to begin their final 12 episodes, a run that promises big revelations not only for Dexter but also for everyone around him.
When we catch up with the Miami dwellers in the season premiere, sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is angry and bitter after her murder of LaGuerta in the Season 7 finale, Dexter is trying desperately to shake Deb out of her despair, and a new presence at the Miami police station is about to rock both their worlds with new, devastating information about exactly how Dexter Morgan became Dexter Morgan, serial killer.
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More changes afoot: Dexter's son, Harrison, is growing up (a new actor will play him in Season 8), and the woman whom Dexter trusts to care for Harrison — Jamie (Aimee Garcia), sister of his Miami PD co-worker Angel (David Zayas) — is in a steamy new relationship with … nah, no spoiling that one, but longtime "Dexter" viewers probably won't be too surprised by the pairing.
Garcia, who has also starred in "George Lopez," "Trauma," and "Vegas," talked to Yahoo! TV about the new season and how no one will be spared from knowing about Dexter's dark side this season, about taking charge of her character's sex scenes, and about how working with such talented actors has made it difficult to choose other projects.
How are you feeling about this being the final season?
That's where I am … it's bittersweet. I feel like it's family, and I love shooting with Michael and Jennifer and David and working with amazing writers and producers. It really all around is such a dream come true. I feel like I'm part of an all star team. That's definitely going to be hard to [leave]. It's like flying first class … how do you go back to flying coach?
Jamie's storyline has heated up this season. After her experience with creepy Louis last season, her love life is on the front burner this season.
It is! She's young, she basically has clothes falling off of her at all times, and she's in Miami, so love is definitely in the air for Jamie. (Laughing) The thing with her is, when I was trying to figure out who she was, because unlike everybody else, Jamie came in in the sixth season … I realized that she's very similar to [Angel] Batista. They're blood related. David's character is so likable and so relatable and so everyman. [Jamie's] also kind of "what you see is what you get." There are not a lot of characters like that [on this show]. I think that she's one of the few innocent characters in the show. She's one of the few characters who isn't involved with the law and isn't used to having blood on her hands or seeing blood on a daily basis. I took that role very seriously, because I think that Dexter would only entrust someone like that with his most prized possession, which is his kid.
But yeah, love is definitely in the air for her. Like any young grad student, I think she really goes all in. She's not one to leave one foot on the ground. She jumps right in with her heart and her soul … and her body, which we see. That's one of the things I love about Jamie, that she's educated and smart and cool … as you see in the season premiere — not to give too much away — I feel like sometimes when you see women in a sexual way, they're always kind of subservient. I thought, "You know what? Why can't women be like guys and just really enjoy the act?" We get there [to film the scene] and I'm like, Jamie's going to be on top, and she's just going to be having a blast. Why not? Why can't a girl be studious, academic oriented, but also happen to really love driving the train in the bedroom?