It's not clear why Showtime execs are keeping mum about whether the upcoming eighth season of "Dexter" will be the show's final outing. Whether it's a case of execs wanting to keep their options open so they can keep milking their cash cow or just a simple marketing tool to build suspense, the fact remains that fans are treating the upcoming season as the show's swan song.
Bearing that in mind, here are five storylines that fans absolutely don't want to see in Season 8 of "Dexter," whether the season proves to be the series finale or not.
1. The "consummation" of Deb and Dexter's relationshipThe elephant in the room is a big one: Now that Hannah is gone, will Deb's feelings for Dex be reciprocated? Fans are hoping that Deb's feelings, first revealed in the tail end of Season 6, will go away for good.
Last season, Dex wasn't interested in Deb. Most fans hope that these two siblings will keep things platonic. If these two start sleeping together, expect a big upswing in the number of viewers who tune in to "hate watch" the show.
2. Angel's exciting new life as a restaurateurUnless someone gets murdered at Angel's restaurant, his role on the show should be reduced. He simply isn't central to the drama, unless he's called in as a character reference by officials investigating Dexter's past.
3. Harrison's own path toward evilThere are plenty of kid characters who become fan-favorites. Sally Draper of "Mad Men" and the Stark kids on "Game of Thrones" are prime examples of this phenomenon. Unfortunately, fans don't really have strong feelings about Dexter's son, Harrison.
In Season 6, Dex seemed worried that he was transferring "the sins of the father" to his young son. Season 8 is rumored to have a storyline revolving around a child psychologist, meaning that the idea of "inherited evil" is likely to resurface. There's just one problem: Most "Dexter" fans don't care that much about Harrison. The kid just gets in the way of the story.
4. Quinn's further descent into mediocrityNow that Quinn isn't dating Deb, there's no reason to keep this incompetent dirty cop around. Here's hoping this loser character finally hits rock bottom and gets killed off in the season premiere, like Mike Anderson was last year.
5. Astor and Cody miss their mommyHarrison is at least Dexter's blood relation, so there's some reason for him to stick around. Astor and Cody are another story: They just don't fit into Dexter's world anymore. It might be tempting to bring back old characters for the show's final season, but there's probably not a single "Dexter" fan out there who is desperate to know if Astor is still doing drugs.
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