First Sneak Peek from Upcoming Season of Dexter, Plus Big Announcement

We sort of already knew this was going to happen, but an official announcement just makes it that much more real.

Today Showtime revealed the hit show Dexter will have its last run in its upcoming eighth season. David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement: “Dexter is a landmark franchise for our network, and we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series, as we know it, to the millions of passionate fans who have supported the show season after season. We’d like to thank Michael, Jennifer [Carpenter], and Dexter ‘s indomitable cast, executive producers, writers and crew for eight incredible seasons.”

The show centers on Michael C. Hall’s character, Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for a Miami police department, who also leads a secret double life as a serial killer.

“When it debuted in 2006, Dexter redefined the genre, by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape,” said Matthew C. Blank, the chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc. “Dexter paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come.”

As for how it’s going to all end, we can’t say for sure, but we can look to Hall’s words for some direction. Speaking with EW, Hall recently said “I’ve been an advocate for having a dialogue with the writers and getting a sense of how to best bring this story home — not wrap everything up with a tidy bow, but find some sort of conclusion. There has to be an end game.”

We will wait on pins and needles to see how it all goes down. Until then, check out the first sneak peek from what’s sure to be an explosive final season, above. The show returns June 30th.