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Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, had cited that Dexter season 8 will be the last during a question-and-answer session at the 2013 dbAccess Media, Internet & Telecom Conference.

Fans of Dexter will be devastated by the comments of Les Moonves, who on Monday during the 2013 dbAccess Media, Internet & Telecom Conference when the moderator made a remark about Dexter “going off the air,” Moonves responded by saying, “We have Ray Donovan coming on, with Liev Schreiber, which comes on with Dexter‘s last season starting in June…” reports Broadcast & Cable.

For such a senior figure of CBS to make a comment such as this, his words echo a painstaking blow to the hopes that Dexter could return for a ninth season, and possibly even more. We must remember that although this comment is quite worrying for the future of Dexter, there still has been no official statement from CBS or Showtime regarding the status of Dexter. At this very moment, Dexter has only been commissioned for season 8.

The Dexter fanbase is somewhat divided over whether to end after season 8 or carry on over into season 9, but the majority will be heartbroken by these comments. One of the largest stumbling blocks for CBS and Showtime is that with all of the current cast regulars’ contracts ending after season 8, it will be a gamble for the network to renew and renegotiate contracts, who will inevitably want more money, and will add a huge dilemma for the writers in which direction Dexter could take.

It seems logical after season 7, that Dexter will end after the season 8 finale. Les Moonves’ comments surely have been deliberate and will further enhance the notion of the CBS and Showtime commissioners who are quietly at work behind closed doors.

Dexter will return for its ever-likely final season on Showtime on June 30.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128995453 Lauren Spellman

    Ahh! I don’t want it to end, but I suppose it has to eventually right? I just haven’t the slightest clue how it will end though

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    No. There’s still so much that they can do. Season 9 and a movie at least.

    • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

      I don’t think Dexter would work as a movie. Not in the same format as the TV show at least, & they would have to make the plot of a film accessible to a larger audience – which at this point, would be impossible with the amount of character backstory that has been developed. The only way a movie would work was in the format of made for TV , which seems unlikely since the show already airs on a premium network.

      As for a Season 9 it could work, but I’d rather see the show go out while it’s on top, rather than have it stumble and loose it’s way similarly to other shows (ie. Supernatural, ER, CSI, [Some would say Buffy])

      • http://www.hypable.com/ Steven Taylor

        It’s similar to the situation 24 had. There were always rumours of a movie around the corner, but it never surfaced. The showrunners moved on and 24 rebirthed as Homeland.

        Personally, I doubt Michael C. Hall would do a movie as Dexter Morgan. I don’t think he’d see it as a viable option.

        However, on a funny whim, I’d love it if they did a Batista & Quinn spin-off series. Just for fun, nothing serious. Online web-series or something. Practically re-living those couple of episodes where they would sneak off, get high and be awful cops. Haha.

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        I meant like a movie finale. Where they get double the budget and time to have a proper send off. I think that would be best. No way would this be theater material. Most people would see it and have the ending ruined for them.

  • CliveRogan

    I thought they’d announced this literally years ago. I’m sure when season 7 was commissioned they said that 8 would be its last.

    Anyway, as much as I enjoy Dexter, no show (other than Doctor Who) should live forever and needs to end before it wears out its characters.

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Steven Taylor

      Yep, that’s true, but there’s always room for more especially after last season. Coupled with Homeland doing so well, they had the best two hours of television back to back on Sundays. Only TWD could compete against it on Sundays.

  • Lotte

    I love Dexter and the last season was outstanding. However I rather see it end on a high note instead of prolonging it and eventually it will turn in mediocre/bad television.

    This is also one of the very few shows, where I am anxious to find out how it ends. I have no clue!

  • morsmordre79

    As sad as I am to see it go, we all knew this was coming. I’d rather have it end when necessary than have it prolonged and dragged out to the point when it becomes absurd and repetitive. It’s a wonderful show – always has been – and the last thing I’d want is for it to be ruined on account of not concluding it when it has run its course.

    With that being said, I’m really looking forward to season 8, especially if it really is the last one. They’re gonna go out with a bang. It’s going to be spectacular! :)

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    if we’re looking at the series as a whole, deb finding out about dexter is definitely the climax of the story (which honestly probably should have happened in season 5) and now everything should be falling action. ending after 8 will be perfect and will allow the show to go out on a high note.

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