A favorite guest at the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Hall plays the titular role on Showtime's long-running serial-killer drama: He's a police forensics expert whose sense of justice inspires him to slay slippery criminals. Die-hard SDCC attendees know that if you want to see Hall up close at the convention, you have to stand in line for hours before the "Dexter" panel starts.
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After seven grisly seasons, numerous awards, and John Lithgow's memorable guest-starring role as the "Trinity Killer," Season 8 marks the end of the road for "Dexter." Though the show has a loyal following, Hall told Gayle King, Charlie Rose, and Norah O'Donnell that the series finale can't be focused on satisfying the fans. Instead, it must satisfy the crew's storytelling instincts.
"I'm sure some people will love it, and some people will be horrified or scandalized, and there are some people on the spectrum between those two things," Hall explained about the finale. "I think we feel like we've brought it to a close that really feels like it organically makes sense to us."
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Offscreen, Hall's personal life has been as intriguing as the exploits of his popular alter ego. The actor survived a bout with cancer, but he still is dealing with his divorce from co-star Jennifer Carpenter. When asked what makes him smile, Hall had a simple, tongue-in-cheek response: "Dead bodies make me laugh."
Watch Season 8 of "Dexter" Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime.
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