We take an extensive look at Dexter’s character evolution in the seven aired seasons. How really has Dexter changed? And, what might be coming to our screens in season 8?

Season 1 – Existence

In the beginning Dexter followed Harry’s code to the word and never really gave any attention to his own personal feelings. Dexter never particularly expressed any desire to change and accepted the way he is will never change. His brother, Brian, represented the exact opposite of Harry’s code. Brian was a complete free spirit and lived by one rule, and that was there are no rules. Season 1 ended with Dexter’s strict adherence to Harry’s teachings ending up costing him his brother, and almost his sister Debra, too.

Season 2 – Possession

The beginning of the change. The second season introduced Lila, who represented the importance of dependence as she seduced Dexter making him connect far more with his inner self and begin to understand his own feelings. Dexter struggled with this when he had to make his toughest decision yet regarding Doakes.

When Dexter killed Doakes, this was either give in to his greatest weakness – the need to kill – or set Doakes free and ultimately risk revealing every secret Dexter had kept within. Doakes brought up suicide, and even planted emotions of regret and shame in Dexter’s mind, causing him to consider turning himself in. This again links strongly back to possession, forcing Dexter to make a decision which ultimately leads into the theme for season 3.

Season 3 – Trust

This mostly goes hand-in-hand with friendship, but it extends beyond that somewhat. There were parallels drawn between Dexter’s relationships with Miguel and Rita. Friendship and marriage are ultimately built on similar foundations of trust.

Miguel was the first person Dexter had let the door slightly open to, aside from Harry. Miguel was also Dexter’s first true friend and learnt of the life Dexter had hidden for years. He ultimately was the one character who Dexter thought he could share his inner feelings with, but it wasn’t to be. Dexter’s understanding of trust saw the stark contrasts of both ends, having been able to share his own inner-self, but also knowing that what Dexter revealed ran a very high risk of losing the life he longed for. Dexter learnt of the responsibility trust demands.

Season 4 – Responsibility

With family comes the great demand of responsibility and priority. Dexter eventually learned the hard way that you can’t just make careless appearances and not expect things that will eventually degrade. Dexter’s lack of responsibility became the sole reason for Rita’s death. Dexter needed a wake-up call of what was important in his life other than satisfying his need for killing his victims. Rita paid the ultimate price, and his relationship with Astor and Cody, with whom he’d been a pivotal figure in their development as young children. Trinity brought Dexter firmly back to the ground leaving him upturned and utterly confused. Dexter’s next mission was to learn about selflessness.

Season 5 – Selflessness

This season continued from season 4 in an undetected manner as Dexter was dealing with guilt over his brief and neglectful marriage. The things Dexter did for Lumen were essentially acts of contrition. Dexter knew his failed marriage was his fault and regretted it hugely, and looked for someone who needed to be looked after, to be fixed per se. Lumen was the gem he discovered and attempted to uncover. Lumen was an individual who was hellbent on confronting her demons and selflessly took on her own darkness, showing that faith was a strong tool that Dexter had ignored for some time. Dexter tried desperately to misdirect Lumen’s desires but in the end realised that selflessness is an important lesson to learn.

Dexter may have hunted these same eventual victims for the crimes that they committed, had he not met Lumen, but in the end Dexter understood that Lumen needed to deal with her own problems. Her “Dark Passenger” could only be conquered by her own inner strength. This was something Dexter had not quite attempted to do before meeting Lumen. Jordan Chase was the man who tormented her “Dark Passenger” and paid the eventual price when Lumen disposed of his life.

Season 6 – Faith

Dexter never really attempts to engage with his “Dark Passenger” but he gains a respect for the concept of faith. Dexter’s attitude towards faith is openly described by his attempts to get his son, Harrison, into one of the best schools in the area. Dexter is bluntly rude and mocks the religious teachings held in high regard by the school. Brother Sam was the man to change his perspective during this season.

Brother Sam was able to help him discover a capacity to trust that things will work out when they lie outside your control, that almost something external can help decide the outcome of your actions. Control is one of the most common themes that rides through almost every single season of Dexter, and when Harrison was gravely ill in the hospital, Dexter turns to faith as he is completely paralysed by what the outcome of Harrison’s health will be. The loss of control is something we have rarely witnessed in Dexter.

Travis represented the twisted ideology of faith, with Travis accustoming the role of the devil. Travis distorts faith and the interpretation of it in a radical fashion absolving all that is sin within religious values. Interestingly, Dexter learnt that faith gives hope to those who are in desperate need of it, when control is not a weapon to harness the outcome of a situation. What Dexter was not expecting was the then imminent arrival of Debra, discovering Dexter with a knife in Travis’ chest.

Season 7 – Love

Dexter has discovered that there are two different types of love, and that is innate love for your siblings and that of someone who you are meant to spend the rest of your life with. Dexter learnt that Debra is far more important that he ever realised, that they are bound by blood and that they still love each other no matter what obstacle they face. What is highly unusual here for a normal brother-sister relationship, is that it’s not every day that you discover your brother to be a serial killer. The intensity of this dynamic stems from Dexter lying to his sister for so many years of his life and that the uncovering of this secret came ever so very close to Dexter being one of the most notorious serial killers of all time within the world of Dexter.

Debra, who is now the Lieutenant of Miami Metro Homicide, is the most important figure in those four walls; and with Debra written in a way who is very much disciplined by morals, she should have turned Dexter in, but didn’t.

Dexter also found his soulmate. Hannah McKay is by far more compatible with Dexter than Rita ever was. It’s really hard to fathom, but Dexter shared more with her in one season than he did with Rita in four seasons. Their love is unquestionable for each other, and Hannah is almost a female double of Dexter. She’s a serial killer much akin to him, and accepts Dexter who for he is.

Season 8 – Acceptance?

Season 8 is most likely going to be the very last season of Dexter. Dexter has gone through a journey of transformation over the seven seasons, and it appears that this will be the season where all of these themes, or ingredients should we say, will be pushed to the limits. Season 8 should adhere to existence, possession, trust, responsibility, selflessness, faith and love, but what could be the next theme for Dexter to enslave?

This will all depend on the direction the writers will pursue. Dexter is firmly looking to hide in broad daylight with Debra over the death of La Guerta and Estrada. Hannah has also escaped from the hospital, and we last saw her leaving a plant on Dexter’s doorstep. It’s incredibly interesting to read into Dexter’s cryptic voiceover in the final scene, with him describing the situation as “the beginning of the end.” Will Dexter be going through similar notions of the five stages of grief in the final season?

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance could be very relative themes to be explored in season 8. We just cannot wait.

Be sure to check out the potential last season of Dexter which will begin on June 30 over on Showtime.

Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

Sense8 Nomi Amanita

Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.

The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?