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Comic-Con 2008: Showtime’s “Dexter” Panel

UPDATED 7/25/2008 AT 2:55PM: The trailer has been released on Showtime’s website.  Check it out at this link.

In attendance at the Showtime panel for Dexter were Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg.  Kristin of E! moderated the panel.  Here are the highlights courtesy TV Squad.

  • The crowd booed at the mention of Dexter reruns appearing on CBS.
  • Scenes from the upcoming season were screened, including a “botched kill” by Dexter.  He wasn’t sure of the man’s guilt, and that seems to be one of the main themes of the new season.
  • The trailer shown, which featured new addition Jimmy Smits, will appear on shortly.
  • Smit’s character is considered a friend of Dexter.
  • Themes of the new season include Family values and the evolution of Dexter as a man.
  • Lundy will not be back this season.
  • Phillips said that comic books would be a natural fit for the show.
  • A Dexter videogame was announced.  It’ll appearfirst on iPhone and iPhone Touch.
  • There’s a “huge shocking reveal” in the season premiere something that Dexter cannot pull back from.

Read the full report at this link, which also includes pictures.

Here’s a summary of the trailer that was shown (via /Film–click to read their full report):

The trailer started off with Dexter getting up in the morning, brushing his teeth, taking a shower…everything that everybody normally does when the get up first get up from bed. As it showed clips of him doing this, Michael C. Hall doing one of his chilling voiceovers said “life is a ritual, hurtful, and controlling”. We see quick clips with familiar characters and also one new face for this series. Jimmy Smit, of CSI-Miami fame, will be joining Miami-Dade Police Department. And this time, instead of working in the law enforcement, he’ll be a rookie hard-nose District Attorney, put in the position to clean up the crime-ridden streets. Probably not the best thing for our favorite killer.

As the trailer went on, I started to notice that Dexter might have done the unthinkable, kill a innocent person. It had a voice over of Dexter talking about how he gave in to one of his impulses and not following “Harry’s Code”. He then went on to say something very disturbing, “If I still cared what Harry thought, I’d feel bad”. The trailer ended soon after that. But not after the words “The student becomes the master.”

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