Jennifer Carpenter: 'Dexter' Confrontation Scene Is 'Sort Of Perfect': [ send to a friend ]
Jennifer Carpenter believes fans will be pleased with the payoff for last season's cliffhanger when 'Dexter' returns at the end of September.
As we saw in a two minute sneak peek, the episode will begin right where we left off with Carpenter's Debra seeing Dexter (Michael C. Hall) killing Travis.
"It's sort of perfect," said the actress at the Showtime drama's TCA panel. "I didn't want Debra to lose any credibility with the audience. I wanted the things we've claimed to be true about her to remain so, and executive producer Scott Buck and the team of writers and producers did a great job."
"It was the strangest, scariest seduction scene, in a weird way. It was also the first time I felt her power as a lieutenant. I felt as weak and as powerful as I've ever been — as an actor and as a character."
"I have been looking forward to it," she said. "I've been very curious about how they would write it and also terrified about it… All of the anxiety I'm feeling as an actor is exactly where Deborah is supposed to be."
"We were fresh off a very long, very generous hiatus, and that was the first scene that we shot," Carpenter explained. "It was very hard. But once Michael and I shook the dust off in rehearsals and everything, it was so easy. I didn't have to manipulate anything. It was all right there."
Michael C. Hall also agreed that the moment will change the series and mark the beginning of the end for 'Dexter'.
"I think it is, without a doubt, the most fundamentally game changing development as we've had since we started telling this story. One of the things that we've always been able to count on is that Dexter's secret is his own and it's not anymore and it's been so invigorating to play these scenes."
"I think her finding out does sort of make an end game feel a little more palpable and imminent. I think that the plan is to do this season and a final eighth season and to really tell the story of the two of them negotiating their relationship in this new landscape."
While "Dexter" is expected to stop rolling its cameras at the end of season right, Showtime's President of Entertainment hinted that he would be open to the show sticking around.