Though Showtime has confirmed the upcoming eighth season of Dexter will indeed be the last one that you hear about, before joking that you thought it ended in season four, network president David Nevins is, as always, not yet ready to say goodbye. Or, acknowledge anyone else’s readiness to say goodbye. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Nevins once again referred to Dexter as “a core franchise”—franchises being more versatile than stories, in that they don’t have to end just because they’ve already been told. “All options are on the table as to where it could go after this,” Nevins said of Dexter, likely unintentionally comparing the show to the many corpses that have been laid out on Dexter’s own table, because it was their time to go. “There's nothing actively happening, but you never know what the future holds,” Nevins added ominously.
Indeed, one of the things the future could hold is a spinoff focused entirely on Dexter’s sister Deb, who apparently doesn’t die in this upcoming season, so forget about that particular dramatic tension, we guess. Of the prospect of a show where Jennifer Carpenter’s Deb finally fucking leads her own fuckity life, Nevins said only, “I won't rule it out, but I'm not actively planning anything”—adding that much of it would depend on “how the dust settles” at the end of this season, and whether that dust could then be spread even thinner by watering it down with a spinoff. Nevins also failed to say whether he was also considering a spinoff about Batista’s restaurant—maybe call it Dexter Nights: Miami Nachos—because we weren’t there to ask him about it all sarcastic-like.