|We're at Comic-Con and we've got time to kill. Photo: Showtime.|
Things started off with a Dexter video game promo. Dexter 2, The Game. We watched a clip from Early Cuts, "All in the Family." It's the latest graphic novel-esque vignette that tells the tale of Dexter's back story. This new slice and dice episode takes place sometime back in 2000.
We took a quick look back at Season 6 - and then looked saw a "killer" sneak peek from Season 7. Last we saw Deb she saw Dexter mid-kill. And here's the aftermath. Dexter explaining himself. Deb playing cop, trying to figure it all out. Awesome!
Moderating this evening's panel is Ralph Garman, L.A. radio host. "It looks like we have plenty to talk about," he says.
6:25 p.m. Introducing Exec Producer Jeff Buck, Exec Producer Wendy West, Jennifer Carpenter, newbie on show Yvonne Strahan (playing Hanna), Michael C. Hall.
6:25 p.m. Mod: Is Debra going to buy that? /Hall: Uh... we hope so.
6:27 p.m. Mod: Does Deb know? /Carpenter: Has she ever known? I'm going to say... no. She takes one step at a time. One step forward and keeps trudging on.
6:28 p.m. Mod: Guess we all knew he couldn't keep that secret forever. Let's start taking some questions.
6:29 p.m. Fan question: If your character in Season 7 could tell your character anything in season 1, what would it be? /Carpenter: Run! /Hall: Don't make any friends. (Laughs all around)
6:30 p.m. Fan question: I'm a big fan of how you've taken source material from Jeff Lyndsay and develop the characters further. How much of your actors do you add into the characters? /Buck: I know I'm writing for Michael. I know I'm writing for Jennifer. It just builds from that. /West: One of my favorite things. Strangest Thanksgiving dinner ever with Michael and Lithgow. They would just break into laughter.
6:32 p.m. Fan question: Michael, how would you feel about a music episode and could I have your name card? /Hall: My name card? Sure. See? You ask, you get. As far as a musical, I've wanted to do like 12 versions of how the seasons end and maybe one could be a musical one. (Laughs all around.)
6:35 p.m. Fan question: Question is for Michael. In what ways are you and Dexter alike? /Hall: Repression. We look a lot alike. Um... oh boy. He's a lot more fastidious than I am. I don't pick up as much as he does. It's a tricky thing to play to a character this long. I try not to spend too much time looking at the parallels between Dexter and me. I don't want to go any crazier.
6:38 p.m. Fan question: Question is for Michael. How it feels to play such a beloved character who is important to so many people? /Hall: It feels amazing. Of all the things that we do, the publicity, this is what I love the most. This. You love the show. Nobody made you come. It's a once in a lifetime thing to play this part.
6:41 p.m. Fan question: Will Harry be in next season and how will he appear? /Buck: Yes, Harry will be in this season. He'll be in flashbacks from Dexter's childhood, but also will appear in current scenes with Dexter.
6:44 p.m. Mod: Will there be an exploration of Dexter as father? /Hall: As Harrison becomes older and more receptive, it becomes a dicier proposition with every day. But Harrison will be in this season. /Carpenter: And cuter than ever.
6:47 p.m. Fan question: Who has been your most satisfying kill on this show? /Hall: Personally? (Laughs). The biggest prize would have to be Trinity. He was the most prolific character Dexter has ever killed. But they're like my children. I love them all. (Fan shouts: I love you!) Hall says, I love you too.
6:49 p.m. Fan question: You get up in the morning and you be a serial killer, do you have methods to get into character and more importantly, leave that character there when you get home? /Hall: You have to get out of its way as much you have to do it. But it's something I'm going to have to figure out... like 15 years from now when I can't stop... just kidding.
6:51 p.m. Fan question: Were there any guest stars that you think... wow I just worked with him or her? /Hall: I was a fan of the artist formerly known as Mos Def. Certainly John Lithgow. I thought, wow, I've really arrived somewhere. I rode in a van with John Lithgow.
6:54 p.m. Fan question: When you guys first read the script for Dexter, what were your first impression of doing show that was so unique? /Carpenter: I didn't think it was going to go. So I thought I was just going to do a pilot. /Hall: I had just finished a series where I was around dead bodies... in a very different context... but I found it (Dexter) a challenge that I'd never seen before.
6:57 p.m. Fan question: What kind of reactions do you get from people on the street... so dark but so likable? /Hall: People seem to realize it's a television show. If they take the time to say something, it's not like... I have some people who I want you to kill. It's usually.... good.
6:59 p.m. Fan question: Any backstory behind the gray long sleeved kill shirt? /Hall: There's no real backstory... but I'd say he buys them in bulk.
7:01 p.m. Fan question: Dexter has gotten away with quite a few lies over the years. Can you tell us... what's the worst lie you've ever told? /Hall: Can I tell you that? (Laughs) I don't know. Mmmm, that was delicious!
7:02 p.m. Fan question: What is your favorite season and why? /Hall: The one we're doing right now, cause that's all there is baby! (Points his fingers like triggers at the fan)
7:05 p.m. Fan question: What are some embarrassing moments or scenes that you remember from the show? on the set? /Carpenter: I remember they had the body parts wrapped up on the ice. I was ready to laugh so hard when someone falls. And I fell and hit my head so hard that they heard it outside. /Hall: One time I rammed the Slice of Life into a pier. $8,000 worth of damage. I didn't have to pay for it. (Laughs, cheers)