Showtime’s "Dexter" has become known for featuring a memorable villain throughout each season, from the Ice Cream Truck killer to John Lithgow’s riveting turn as the Trinity Killer in season four.
However, "Dexter" executive producers Sara Colleton and Chip Johannessen have indicated that the fifth season of the series will feature multiple villains, during an appearance at the Television Critics Association (according to Deadline). The duo also stated that Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will attempt to atone for the death of his wife Rita (Julie Benz) as he deals with the added stress of being a single father.
When asked by a member of the audience if he worries that that "Dexter" may actually encourage people to kill, Hall calmly replied "I don’t lose sleep over the possibility that I’m advocating serial murder through my work. It’s undeniable he’s killing people.,. most of us live in LA, we’ve been in traffic, we get that impulse… If I hear a comment like that and I’m in the room, I just nod and smile and say I hope this helps lessen the flames in you, that it’s therapeutic."
Regarding an earlier rumor that Benz may reprise her role briefly in the season premiere, Colleton said "we can say no, absolutely. It would fundamentally harm the DNA of our show."
While Colleton seemed to dismissing the possibility of Rita being alive on the series, Johannessen seemed to confirm her appearance in a roundabout way: ”You’ll be seeing her more than dead in the bathtub, for sure.“
Peter Weller, Julia Stiles, Shawn Hatosy, April Lee Hernandez and Jonny Lee Miller have all signed on to appear in the fifth season of "Dexter," alongside regular cast members Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and James Remar.
The season premiere of "Dexter" will air on September 26.