Outrageous US serial-killer drama Dexter will end after its eighth season, according to strong hints from TV executives in charge of the show.
Season 8, which premieres in the States in June, was described yesterday by CBS boss Les Moonves as "the last season". In January, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said there was "a clear end game in place" for the show, which was renewed last year for seasons 7 and 8, although he stopped short of confirming that this year would be its last.
Dexter airs in the US on the cable channel Showtime, which is a subsidiary of mainstream network CBS.
UK viewers are currently watching the seventh season of Dexter – which stars Michael C Hall as a forensics analyst who is secretly a vigilante killer of unpunished criminals – on the Fox channel. Season 7 deals with the discovery by Dexter's police detective sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) of his lust for blood, a story development that many fans have assumed will not be sustainable for more than one or two years.