Dexter season 5 was a bit lackluster, missing the dark humor that made the first few seasons so fun. But with the announcement that Colin Hanks will have a major arc in season 6 comes hope. All we know so far is that he’ll play Travis, an ancient artifacts expert who’s “highly intelligent” and unfortunately gets linked to the latest batch of murders in Miami.
Since Hanks is the first big name to be attached to season 6, rumors are swirling that he could be Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) latest nemesis. The thing is, the central character of each season, killer or not, has to be intimately linked to Dexter in some way. Let’s review:
- Season 1: Rudy Cooper, or the Ice Truck Killer (Christian Camargo) is revealed to be Dexter’s brother, who did not benefit from adoption and being raised by an upstanding cop, and therefore became even more twisted, creating an intricate trap to seduce Dexter over to his side.
- Season 2: When Dexter has to pretend to be a narcotics addict to cover up his killings, his girlfriend Rita (Julie Benz) forces him to go to NA. His sponsor, Lila West (Jaime Murray), understands Dexter’s need to let go, and is sexy to boot.
- Season 3: Miami district attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) becomes one of Dexter’s few true friends, but his definition of male bonding is to join Dexter in disposing of deserving murderers.
- Season 4: Overworked new dad Dexter is elated to learn that the Trinity Killer, who has performed the same pattern for decades, is beloved husband and father Arthur Mitchell (John Lithgow in perhaps his most terrifying role). Dexter thinks that he’s finally found the person who most understands his dilemma, but his hope is shattered when he learns how Trinity terrorizes his family. Oh, and then Trinity kills Rita.
- Season 5: This is a more tenuous tie, but Lumen Pierce (Julia Stiles), as another romantic interest, also represents new ground: The next victim of one of Dexter’s victims. So, he saves her life, then mentors her as she begins taking out her multiple aggressors. But by season’s end, she realizes that she just can’t match Dexter’s darkness. (Too bad he killed Lila a few years ago.)
If Travis’ intelligence is really above-average, then maybe he lacks people skills like Emily Deschanel‘s forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan on Bones. If so, he’d make a fine match for Dexter, whose social maladjustedness comes from the dark need to kill. It’d be fascinating to see two men who are out of touch with human emotions; they could do a lot of damage. Plus, Hanks played a character like this before: Marshall Penfield, the brilliant and competitive mathematician on Numb3rs.
Showtime has confirmed that they’ve started production on season 6 in Los Angeles; no word yet on when it will premiere.