Dexter SDCC 2013 Panel Highlights

Dexter had its last panel at Comic-Con this year. Sad face. Attending were producers Sarah Colleton, Scott Buck, Manny Coto, former showrunner Clyde Phillips, and current cast members Aimee Garcia, Desmond Harrington, David Zayas, Jennifer Carpenter, and, of course, Michael C. Hall. We also saw Yvonne Strahovski and even some cast mates whose characters have passed on. Among the returning dead were Julie Benz who played Rita, Erik King who played Doakes, and Lauren Velez who played the recently departed LaGuerta. Even John Lithgow made an appearance via a video message to say hello and thank the fans.

Dexter Complete Series DVD setThe biggest news came just before the panel when it was revealed that the final season, and even a set of the complete series, will be available on DVD/Blu-ray much sooner than you might think – on November 5 of this year. The complete series will cost a pretty penny, but it’ll come in a package modeled after Dexter’s box of blood slides, and who wouldn’t want to have their own secret box like that? Though I wouldn’t suggest keeping it in the air conditioning unit.

As for hints about what’s to come discussed during the panel itself, everyone was pretty close-mouthed. Mostly the panel was a time for nostalgia and praising both the show and the fans that kept it going all these years, as well as recounting the various things each actor stole from the set when filming finished last week (Hall took Dexter’s watch and lanyard, Carpenter took blood spatter images). What few hints we did get weren’t much, and consisted of things we either already knew or had assumed, such as Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) coming back, possibly for revenge as a slip up by Strahovski implied. Though there was an interesting question posed to Michael C. Hall about whether or not Dexter is an unreliable narrator, to which he responded:

I think when we meet Dexter, he believes what he’s telling us, but I always was interested in the notion that maybe his voiceover is not the bottom line.

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C HallMost of the panel was emotional, reminiscing about the show and how far it’s come, especially how far the actors have come and how they could never have done it without the dedication of fans watching over the years. Even though everyone stayed tight-lipped about the rest of the season, it was a good way for everyone to say goodbye.