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Is it too soon to start talking about Season 8 of Dexter? Yeah, I don't think so either. The latest bit of news about the show involves some casting for next season. And while all we can really do is speculate about the two roles set to be included in Season 8, there are some interesting things we might deduce from them. That's as vague as I can be without venturing into spoiler territory, so if you aren't caught up with Season 7 of Dexter, read no further!
Moving on, as you may recall, since it was just last month, Season 7 ended with Deb killing LaGuerta in cold blood, leaving her to die crouched on the floor. What did Deb and Dexter do with her body? I'm guessing they arranged it to look like she and Estrada killed each other, as was Dexter's original plan. But what if someone believes something isn't right about the situation? LaGuerta had people who cared about her, like Batista (her ex-husband) and Tom, who was dubious of her suspicions of Dexter, but at least knew enough about what was going on with her that he might be curious about her turning up dead. Either way, there are loose ends and that's enough for the show to work with.
TVLine reports that the show is looking to cast two major recurring roles for Season 8. The first is Dr. Evelyn Vogel, who's described as "a formidable and whip smart neuro-psychiatrist in her late 50s who assists the law in profiling criminals." That actually makes me think of Lundy, who had an eye for that sort of thing due to his frequent dealings with serial killers. Except in this case, it sounds like this character's focus will be on identifying bad guys, which could be bad news for Dexter, or for Deb, who isn't exactly a master of masking her emotions.
The other role being cast is Jacob Elroy, a 40(ish) man described as " a handsome and straightforward former cop who now owns his own private eye business." Who's hiring an private investigator? TVLine suggests Tom or Batista, and that certainly would make sense. The seventh season left off with Batista retired and running his own restaurant. But we know he still cared about LaGuerta, and if he smells something fishy with her death, and Miami Metro isn't doing much to look into it, he might decide to hire someone to see if they can pick up any clues. Or it could be unrelated to Dexter altogether. All we can do is speculate, and we have plenty of time to do that between now and next fall!