The Dexter panel at Comic-Con 2012 featured Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, guest star Yvonne Strahovski, executive producer Scott Buck, and producer Wendy West. Although much was discussed in terms of upcoming Dexter content (We got a brief look at mobile game Dexter 2, and some clips of the first episode of web show "Dexter Early Cuts: All in the Family") the real reason the faithful waited for hours was for a glimpse of Season 7 of the Showtime show.
When the clip came, it was brief, but very interesting. SPOILERS: Now that Deb knows that Dexter is not the nice guy he seems, what will her reaction be? Are we going to see her turning the killer in to authorities, or can the wily, nice-guy serial killer talk his way out of this situation? It remains to be seen.
During the fan-question portion of the panel, I was struck by the number of questions that explored Dexter's (and Hall's) dual nature. Questions like: "How do you get into, and out of, character?" and "What kind of reactions do you get from people on the street?" It's a testament to the power of the show that these questions are still so prevalent. It's as if even long-time fans can't quite believe they love a character who's obsessed with murder.
Many of the questions were more about the actors themselves than the show, again, as if the crowd wanted to remind itself that Dexter is only make-believe, and that no one really has a "Dark Passenger" ordering him to kill.
Hall says playing Dexter doesn't take much work at this point. He understands the character "on a cellular level," so there's not much preparation.
When asked about the appeal of the character of Dexter, Hall says, "We all have some sort of shadow side that we have to contend with and manage. His is pretty heavy. Maybe we admire him for the unique responsibility he's taken, even though it is outside the box."
The panel ended on a funny note. When the cast was asked their most embarrassing moments on-set, Carpenter says in the first season, there was a scene on an ice-rink. She said she was going to laugh when someone fell on the ice. And then she slipped and hit her head so hard that people heard it outside. Hall took the prize when it comes to embarrassment on set. He said he once crashed The Slice of Life, Dexter's boat, into a dock, doing $8000 worth of damage.