Every year at the CBS/CW/Showtime party for the Television Critics Association, I seem to find Michael C. Hall representing Dexter. This year, he was more elusive than ever, keeping the plotlines of season six a secret and avoiding any spoilers. He was still the dutiful gentleman. I still saw him hanging out as the party drew to a close.
CraveOnline: Is this an especially guest star heavy season?
Michael C. Hall: No, I wouldn’t say so. Maybe on the high end but I think there’ve been seasons where we’ve had as many different actors playing roles that are significant.
CraveOnline: What is exciting you and keeping it fresh for you this year?
Michael C. Hall: Well, I think every year there are new relationships to explore. That’s a part of what keeps Dexter fresh for me, going back to the guest actors. There’s a real sense of reinvigoration. Scott Buck who’s been in our writer’s room for some time is now sitting at the head of the writer’s table and he’s really reinvigorating the show. It feels like a sense of reinvigoration every season but this year is no exception.
CraveOnline: Are there plotlines that make you think of Dexter in a different way?
Michael C. Hall: Yeah, I think every season there’s some sort of thematic element that challenges him in new ways. This season does that as well.
CraveOnline: Are there things that make us see Dexter differently?
Michael C. Hall: Again, I can only speak to my experience but I think that’s the aspiration, that as we spend time with the character, our experience of him expands and our definition of him broadens.
CraveOnline: What are you excited about this season?
Michael C. Hall: I’m excited about people watching it. That’s the fun of it. We go into our little laboratory and make this thing and it’s very gratifying that people lean forward and pay attention and watch it and get something out of it. I think ultimately that’s the exciting thing. That’s always the exciting thing.
CraveOnline: Did any of the fan backlash against season five inform your input on the direction of season six?
Michael C. Hall: Any sort of adjustments or movement forward was informed by our own experience, not people’s response.
CraveOnline: Do you consider season five a strong season?
Michael C. Hall: I do. I think there was no way we could get away with not taking responsibility for the mess that was made of Dexter’s world and having him thrust into a situation where he, in spite of any initial intention, found himself atoning for her death made sense and allowed us to move forward in the ways we’re moving now.