Dexter's back, baby! And if you're a fan of this kickass series, that is good cause to celebrate. (Though we hope you'll do so in a more responsible way than Dex would.)
Even if you missed last season, you must tune in Sunday at 9 p.m., because the Showtime serial-killer series is genuinely one of the best hourlong dramas anywhere on television, and the season premiere is not to be missed.
Among other things, the second-to-last scene is a corker: Not only does Dexter brush past a couple of real emotions, there's a Rita-related twist and an underwater discovery that sets the stage for the next 12 episodes.
If you're not familiar with Dexter Morgan already, he is a serial killer who walks among the rest of us, masquerading as a run-of-the-mill emotionally stunted forensics expert. The twist? He only kills other serial killers.
"He's only killing for the good of society," Julie Benz (Dex's girlfriend, Rita) explained during a recent visit to the set. "He's sort of like a modern-day Robin Hood, who kills for the rich and kills for the poor." Run that by Michael C. Hall (Dexter), and you hear, "The Robin Hood of Grim Reapers? That's good!" It is! It's so good.
As for what is in store for the rest of the season, according to Hall himself, "He's taken unique responsibility for his instincts. Because of his father's outside-the-box parenting style, he's targeting people who arguably deserve it. He's somewhat sympathetic—he takes care of the people in his life, or at least he tries to. But he's coming off something pretty tramautic, having [first season spoiler alert!] done his brother in. So, we'll see him reeling a bit over the course of the second season, but he'll get his mojo back." Does he ever!
Come back Sunday night to sound off in the Comments section below on what you thought of Dexter's premiere episode (and the twist!)...and on Monday, our Spoiler Chat will have even more Dexter dish.