*I absolutely LOVE that Sgt. Doakes was there.*THR ARTICLE ON COMICON“Everything is a series of lasts." “We’re going out the way we want to go out." Those are the words of stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in the farewell video that opened Dexter’s final session at San Diego Comic-Con. Showtime’s serial killer drama closed Thursday at the annual pop culture confab with a fitting end: a panel in the massive Hall H, where the cast and creators said goodbye to the fans that helped make the show the standard by which other serial killer dramas are measured.To help celebrate, Dexter brought back a few faces from its past including showrunner Clyde Phillips, Lauren Velez, Erik King and Julie Benz, with Hall — introduced last — bringing many in the cavernous hall to their feet and a sea of flashbulbs lasting through the first moments of the hourlong session. John Lithgow, one of Dexter Morgan’s best foils, did appear during a light-hearted taped segment. “I wish I could be with you all today but as you know, I’m dead. … Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t recognize me as a psychopath, I thank you for that." Read the rest of the article after the jump.Executive producer Sara Colleton said that despite the production wrapping on the series finale last week, it hasn’t hit her that the show is truly over. Hall noted that while he’s mentally aware that the show is over, “our bodies, five months from now, will start knocking at the door wondering why we’re not doing Dexter again."“There’s some unconscious part of us that hasn’t accepted or recognized it yet," Hall continued. “Five or six months from now, there will be some wave of something we’ll all experience."Former co-stars joined current cast members — including Desmond Harrington, David Zayas, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski — present, repeatedly thanked the fans for the support and said that while their characters may have been killed off, they’re still part of the family — and recognized on the street.While the cast was careful not to tip its hand about how things wrap up, returning guest star Strahovski offered one tease on Hannah’s impending return. “Who knows if her motivation is going to be revenge or love," Strahovski said. “It’s a mystery."Hall, meanwhile, noted that Dexter will continue to re-examine his relationship with his late father, Harry, whom until this season he believed to have created the code by which his Dark Passenger was crated.Carpenter (Deb), whose journey has been the backbone of the series, said she’s always rooted for her onscreen foster brother — even though there have been days where Deb has wanted to kill him. “I’ve always wanted to defend him because in a weird way it’s been about protecting my life," she said.The actress also reiterated that she would indeed like Deb to perish at the end of Dexter. “I wanted and want Deb to die," she said. “As an actor, it’s because I love her. It’s a little like how Michael treats his victims: I want her to go to the bottom of the abyss instead of in my head for eight years after the show is over to wonder ‘what if?’ and I’m calling [showrunner] Scott [Buck] to write her a scene."Hall harkened back to the conclusion of Six Feet Under and noted that there’s a sense of closure that comes with that. “At the end of Six Feet Under, we all got to die, which as actors, we all got to put it to bed," he said.As for what’s next, Hall said he was open to doing TV again after he learned during Six Feet Under to never close that door.The sentimental cast, which closed the panel each sharing what the show — and Comic-Con has meant to them, also revealed the setpieces they kept for themselves once production wrapped. Hall took Dexter’s watch and lanyard and wanted to take some blood splatter paintings from his character’s wall, but Carpenter beat him to the punch. Garcia kept Jamie’s necklace; Harrington joked he took all of Quinn’s fake gold; Strahovski took home the black orchid Hannah gives to Dexter. Carpenter, meanwhile, couldn’t pin it down to one thing: “I took a lot!" she enthused from the stage. Zayas, meanwhile, kept one of Angel’s trademark shirts and hats.In terms of the buzzed about spinoff, when a fan asked if there could be a show centered on Dexter’s young son, Harrison, Hall came armed with a fitting response: “In 25 years there’s going to be a new series called Harrison, and Dexter will have died and I’m going to be his dead, internalized father."
youtube source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMGRgKUQC0&feature=youtu.beVARIETY ARTICLE ABOUT THE COMICON PANEL
Dexter Morgan just upgraded to his largest kill room yet.
The cast and creators of Showtime’s flagship show “Dexter” came into San Diego Convention Center’s gargantuan Hall H to meet with throngs of fans to say goodbye to America’s favorite serial killer.
Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, and Yvonne Stahovski joined executive producers Sara Colleton and Manny Coto, as well as current and former showrunners Scott Beck and Clyde Phillips, respectively.
But it was moderator Ralph Garman’s introduction of certain surprise guests (some resurrected from the dead for the special occasion) that generated thrills and got fans’ blood racing. Joining scheduled panelists were Desmond Harrington (Det. Quinn); Laura Velez (Maria LaGuerta); Erik King (Sgt. James Doakes); Julie Benz (Rita Morgan); and Aimee Garcia (Jamie Batista).
The super-sized panel and fans used the majority of the time to reflect upon what they’ve loved about the series, and how the actors and writers have dealt with the themes of death, morality, and identity for the show’s eight successful years. It was a very sentimental end to the life of a series whose main character ends lives with a complete absence of sentimentality.
“It hasn’t hit any of us that it’s over. We’re still sort of frozen,” explained Executive producer Sara Colleton when asked by Garman what it’s like to take the series from beginning to end.
Star Michael C. Hall added that “Our conscious minds are aware that it’s over…I think there’s an unconscious part of us that hasn’t recognized it yet.”
Garman also pressed the actors on how they’ve related to their characters on screen and off over the course of “Dexter’s” eight seasons.
“I feel like a stunt car driver…It’s been scary and complicated, and I appreciate the challenge,” described Jennifer Carpenter, whose character, Debra Morgan, has been put through the ringer this season after finding out at the end of the sixth season that her brother was a serial killer.
“Not a day goes by that somebody doesn’t recognize me as a psychopath. I have you to thank for that,” actor John Lithgow, who played the Trinity Killer in season four, dryly said to the fans via video message.
When it came to the current season, there were obvious questions that the panelists weren’t going to answer. At least not intentionally.
Garman asked actress Yvonne Strahovski, who’s character Hannah McKay was put into prison last season, what role she would play in the current season.
After saying she could say what Hannah’s involvement is with this season, the actress slipped, “I’m coming back…We don’t know if her revenge…” And with that, a noticeable flub was caught by the audience, whereupon she attempted to regroup and say “We don’t know if her motivation is revenge or love.” Whether or not her initial comment potentially spoiled Hannah McKay’s purpose on the show has yet to be seen. “I’m just gonna hide,” Strahovski said in the end.
Colleton described the addition of Charlotte Rampling as “kismet,” saying that she was the first person they wanted, and that circumstances aligned perfectly for her to take the part of Dexter’s mysterious mother figure this season.
Given that one of the show’s major themes is death, the actors were asked what they bring to the scenes where they know they’re going to wind up one of Dexter’s victims.
“I couldn’t wait to do it… I wanted to be in it as much as I could,” described actress Lauren Velez of her character’s demise at the end of season seven. “I wasn’t surprised, but I wasn’t prepared for how I would feel.”
“When you have someone who shows up fully with his heart and his craft, you want to do your best,” complimented Erik King of Michael C. Hall’s stalwart work ethic.
Colleton explained that at a certain point, it becomes inevitable that a character has to die on the show, but that it’s “like a death in the family.”
But just because major portions of the panel focused on all things dead didn’t mean it was completely devoid of laughs.
At one point, Desmond Harrington recognized that his character was “a mess” due to his drinking, ineptitude with relationships, and inability to get along with his partners. In the “Dexter” universe, characters like him don’t last very long, but for some odd reason, Det. Quinn has endured. It was noted that he even survived being Deb’s boyfriend which Garman likened to wearing a red shirt on “Star Trek.”
And when one fan asked what Michael C. Hall would do to relieve stress after “Dexter” is over, Hall said that he would do everything that his character would do, but just add tickling.
In the end, Garman asked the entire panel if they had any final words for the fans.
“It’s nice to be reminded who we’re doing this for,” said Scott Buck.
Laura Velez gently thanked the audience and was moved to tears.
“You guys have kept me alive for the past six years,” joked Erik King before thanking the fans.
“The most authentic thing is our relationship to you…We want to do right by you…It’s a wrap with you all now,” Jennifer Carpenter gushed.
And finally, star Michael C.Hall, visibly moved by the event, said “We have been here for you and we’re all here because of you,” before thanking everyone, representing his final farewell to Comic-Con as the infamous blood patter analyst.
The panel ended with the entire hall rising to its feet for a standing ovation to say goodbye.
Despite Dexter’s morally dubious exploits, even Harry would be proud.
Variety article: http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/comic-con-dexter-says-goodbye-at-emotional-panel-1200565353/