What does Dexter Morgan have in common with Big Brother or Hall & Oates’ Private Eyes? They’re all watching you.
Showtime has unveiled the official poster (below) for the upcoming seventh season and it’s a tad familiar: Dexter starring into the camera making you wonder just what he’s thinking in that calculating head of his.
Aside from Season 4, where baby Harrison was lucky enough to get on the poster, it’s always been Dexter alone. This year’s poster is no different – it features a devious looking Dexter with a trademark slice to his check (not the best Photoshop job, I might add).
This would’ve been a great opportunity to get Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) on the cover art as this is the season Dexter has been building towards since the very beginning – the one where Deb finally knows Dexter’s secret. Just how much she will know remains to be seen, but, at the very least, she knows that he’s killed one person (in very creepy fashion).
Over the years, Dexter’s mood has ostensibly changed with the season’s poster art. In Season 1, he was solemn, numb to the world and any sort of feeling. In Season 2 he was happy (perhaps for having offed his brother Rudy, the Ice Truck Killer). In Season 3, he was calculating and slightly arrogant (also dapper), likely from having conquered both Doakes and Lila in Season 2. In Season 4, he was a proud dad to newborn Harrison. In Season 5, he was sad and guilt-ridden from Rita’s death, with his sullen face superimposed over a pool of her blood. In Season 6, he was skeptically spiritual as he sought to find meaning in life.
This upcoming Season of Dexter is very crucial for the franchise. Sure, the series is ending after eight seasons no matter what how well it does. But in terms of the Dexter’s legacy, having an upswing in quality after the subpar sixth season will help it rank up there with the best years down the line. While it’d be ludicrous to read into the quality of a poster as a determinant of a season’s quality, I hope to be knocked out of my socks by the seventh season, moreso than by its poster.
Dexter’s seventh season premieres on Sunday September 30 on Showtime.