'Dexter's' Michael C. Hall on Dexter's Season 5 atonement

dexter-michael-c-hall-interview-press-tour.jpg "Dexter" Season 4 ended with a literal blood bath and a vicious serial killer-forming cycle begun again.

"We pick up right where we left off and Dexter ... he's always catching up to himself in the places he's thrust emotionally ... he does have an appetite to atone for the fact that he's been through a second origin story and he's not innocent in this one," star and executive producer Michael C. Hall tells Zap2it.

"At least because of his passivity with Trinity or his indulging in this relationship, has Rita's blood on his hands and that's heavy," he continues. "I don't think we give short shrift to that underlying thing and I think that does lead Dexter ... coming into an awareness that he has a desire to atone."

In addition to an internal conflict, the recently-released preview for "Dexter" shows a conflict between Dexter and his de facto daughter Astor ( Christina Robinson). 

"I think Astor is angry, certainly with Dexter, someone who promised that everything was going to be okay. Whose job, in her mind, was to protect her mother and he didn't do that," says Hall. 

"I think she also has frustrations with her father, Paul," he adds. "It goes beyond Dexter, but there's a lot to deal with there. We would be lying if we didn't realize and honor the fact that Dexter has to be the person to tell these children what's happened."

Dexter's relationship with the children is one of the greatest strengths of the show. He loves them as much as he can and Hall pinpoints Dexter's relationship with his children as the way you know Dexter isn't as heartless as he pretends to be.

"I think Dexter's inherent gravitation toward or affection for children is, from the beginning of the show, the realist part of him. It was when we did those scenes with the kids in the pilot that I felt like, 'Okay, this is the window into the audience maybe suspecting what Dexter says about himself isn't entirely true -- that he's not human' ... He maintains an affinity for the innocence of children," Hall says.

When pressed for a favorite thing he has filmed so far for Season 5, Hall cannot come up with an answer without giving anything away. But he does hint, "I did just see a cut of the first episode. It was a lot of fun."

"Dexter" premieres Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.




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