Dexter returns for season six
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011 18:09
The dark passenger is back, feeling like his old self. Dexter is renewed, recharged and ready to take on some faithful adversaries in season six, premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Showtime.
The central theme of this season is faith and Dexter's journey to define his idea of God. Throughout most of the show, he has rejected the idea of God completely.
There has been a brief mention of religion in season four in the character Trinity's life.
Trinity was a serial killer that Dexter became closely involved with. This character was involved in church and the organization, "Four Walls, One Heart" much like the real world Habitat for Humanity. It was the most the show had ever done to include religion, but it wasn't incorporated much into Dexter's life.
"It will be interesting to see how the writers do that, because they kind of, in all the other seasons, steered his character away from any kind of spiritual influences," Luke Edwards, a senior history major from Cabot, said.
One year later in the world of Dexter, his son Harrison has come to an impressionable age. He concentrates on being a good father.
Michael C. Hall, the actor who plays Dexter, said in an interview that this season Dexter wants to concentrate on things that could be good and uplifting for Harrison and realizes that faith may be one of those areas.
At the end of season five, Harrison's nanny Sonya placed a little statue of St. Brigit of Kildare near his crib and at first Dexter was not comfortable with it but eventually warmed up to the idea.
In the "Thank God" promotional video for the new season, Dexter said, "Maybe it's not a need, but a calling. After all, I rid the world of evil people. If they didn't exist, neither would I. Is it possible that I serve a higher purpose?"
"I don't really get offended that easily, but sometimes shows take it too far with religious stuff, but I hope they can be respectful of it," Beth Dial, a junior English major from Malvern, said. "I can watch him kill people, but I can't watch him be weird about church."
Dial switched from HBO to Showtime just to be able to watch Dexter this season.
In the past few seasons, Dexter became a little more human. After his marriage to Rita, the birth of Harrison and relationship with Lumen, viewers start to see that Dexter isn't as empty as portrayed in the first season.
"When he got his family, it was like he kind of started to get a soul," Dial said.
"I really like the characters in the show and the way they've developed, Dexter especially," Amalie Benjamin, a junior nursing major from Cabot, said.
"I like him because he's a serial killer, but he has a conscious and usually people who fit the serial killer profile don't really have a conscious; they don't care and don't follow any rules."
Dexter follows "the code" set up for him in his youth by his father. His father, Harry Morgan, realized that Dexter had an urge to kill at a young age and taught him rules to avoid being caught.
Harry also taught him to only kill guilty people who have surpassed the justice system.
New characters are being introduced this season. Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos) and Travis Marshall (Colin Hanks) are two new characters, the villains of the show.
"The two of them have a relationship that is very mysterious and dangerous," Colin Hanks said.
Mos Def is Brother Sam, a reformed criminal running an auto-body shop.
"We're going to do things that we've never done before," Scott Buck, writer of the show, said.
The show swept the 2007 Emmy awards and has received many nominations and other awards throughout its airing.
"It's got everything, it's funny, it's suspenseful and it's got your love interests in there. It's just an all-around good show that has every aspect to make it one, allowing it to fit more than one genre," Dial said.