Each season of ‘Dexter’ has introduced at least one new central bad guy that Dexter sets his sights on. We already know that the show’s sixth season will have at least four new cast additions, and now Showtime president David Nevins has told TV Line that Season Six “is not [about] one big bad.” It looks like we may be in for a multi-killer season with an unexpected story at the focal point. Are you excited? I sure am.
“There’s one interesting story that will move through the season, and it will be cast very interestingly,” says Nevins. “But it’s not exactly that one person.”
Although each season has given us a few new characters, this is the first time that ‘Dexter’ has introduced us to so many new characters played by recognizable movie and television actors in key roles.
Perhaps the most well known of the new actors is Colin Hanks (recently star of ‘The Good Guys’), son of Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. In Season Six, young Hanks will play “a highly intelligent expert on ancient artifacts who gets linked to a series of grisly murders in Miami.” Hanks is expected to appear in all 12 of the season’s episodes.
Hip-hop artist-turned-actor Mos Def (‘The Italian Job’) was the second to sign on for the season. Mos Def “will play a hardened ex-con who claims to have found religion yet seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence.” The number of episodes in which Mos Def will appear is currently unknown.
Joining the cast this week are television actors Edward James Olmos (‘Battlestar Galactica’) and Billy Brown (‘Lights Out’ and ‘Californication’). Olmos will be playing “a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies” and Brown will be playing “a no-nonsense Chicago homicide detective who transfers to Miami Metro, where he immediately ruffles some feathers.” It’s also unknown as to how much Olmos and Brown will appear in the season.
Just after Season Three, Showtime renewed ‘Dexter’ for two more years. Both the fourth and fifth seasons set viewership records for the series. By the time Season Five ended, ‘Dexter’ had not been renewed for a sixth year. (The Season Five finale felt like it was a series finale, not just a season finale, because the writers believed that it truly was the end of ‘Dexter’.) Although no official word has slipped about a seventh season, with contracts renegotiated for the sixth, it’s very likely that ‘Dexter’ could continue running if this one is as successful as the last couple.
Unlike some ‘Dexter’ fans, I have loved each season completely. The news of a unique plot shift doesn’t worry me one bit. Some may find that the news causes flashbacks to the downfall of ‘Spider-Man 3’ – too many villains – but after the strong fourth and fifth seasons, I’m not worried. What about you?