Dexter Postmortem: How Will Deb and Dexter's Relationship Be Changed Forever?
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez | Photo Credits: Randy Tepper/Showtime
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's finale of Dexter. Read at your own risk!]
Deb has crossed over to the dark side.
Dexter's foul-mouthed lieutenant took a very dark turn on Sunday's finale, shooting her long-time frenemy LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) in order to protect her brother Dexter (Michael C. Hall). So what does this mean for Deb (Jennifer Carpenter)? TVGuide.com turned to showrunner Scott Buck to get the scoop on whether the Morgan siblings will be able to cover up this murder and so much more! Plus: Is Season 8 really Dexter's last? Read below!
Wow, Deb shot LaGuerta! What are the immediate ramifications of that? And how does this change Deb forever?
Scott Buck: Absolutely. There's so much of this season we've seen Deb try to cover for Dexter and lie for Dexter and gradually going down a darker and darker path. But I don't think she or Dexter ever imagined it would suddenly take this turn. We didn't want to shy away from what it means to cover up for a serial killer. We just took it as far as we possibly could. Yes, it's definitely going to affect her and Dexter in a very big way.
What was the decision behind bringing Deb to this point where she's done something she obviously immediately regretted?
Buck: It's a difficult question to ask because this just felt like such a natural story line for Deb to take once she discovered who Dexter was from that moment in the church, and to not arrest him and try to find a way to live with it. It just felt like it was inevitable that it would lead down this path.
Looking at the logistics, she shot her with her own gun. How does that change Dexter's initial plan to set LaGuerta up in a firefight against Estrada?
Buck: I think he can still implement that plan. He might have to make a few quick changes there, but this is someone who has covered up a lot and is a forensics expert and will know how to deal with this — especially if you're the forensics expert on the scene collecting the evidence and interpreting the evidence.
How does this affect Dexter and Deb's relationship next season? Is this the turning point they can't come back from?
Buck: It's definitely a turning point for the two of them and that's going to be a lot of what we explore in Season 8. This is going to have a huge effect on both of them. They're not just bonded in their complicated brother-sister relationship anymore. Now, it's imbued with this tragedy they both share.
Will he feel guilty over what Deb has done or is he just so grateful?
Buck: I think he's going to have very complicated feelings when we come back to him this next season. I think he might feel worse for what he's done to Deb than for what happened to LaGuerta. He's killed so many people that adding one more that is outside the code so dramatically is fairly big deal to him, but I don't think anything is as important to him as his sister and the effect that he as on her.
Dexter did step outside the code to kill LaGuerta. Will he do this more? Or is he desperate to stay away from doing that?
Buck: I think that will cause him to examine exactly why he kills. He did a kill in Episode 10 that was completely outside the code that was done for love to protect Hannah. So he's willing to step outside the code; he's just doing it in a more mature way and accepting responsibility for what he does, rather than just simply blaming it on some Dark Passenger within him. The code is something that's always been very valuable to him and I don't think he's going to step away from it.