'Dexter' Season 7: Key Art Teases a Battle of He Said-She Said; Plus, a First Look at Yvonne Strahovski (Photos)

Dexter Season 7 Key Art Poster - P 2012

Dexter Season 7 Key Art Poster - P 2012

Could Dexter wind up on his own table?

One look at the key art for the upcoming seventh season of Showtime's Dexter certainly points that way with Michael C. Hall's title character sporting the trademark slash across the cheek that is often the last thing his victims experience.

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The new season, which picks up immediately after Dexter's foster sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) walks in to see someone she's about to profess her love to plunge a sword into Travis, last season's Big Bad.

Producers said in late July at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the timing of Deb finding out about Dexter's Dark Passenger made sense for the cop who has risen to become the top dog at Miami Metro.

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"She stumbles upon it in the middle of her emotional override: not only does she love her foster brother but she's feeling she's in love with him. It's an emotional reason why she goes there and it's the last thing she expects to find in Dexter in one of his kills," executive producer Sara Colleton said of the plot point six seasons in the making, offering that it made the development more powerful than having Deb use her police skills to learn the truth about him.

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Added Carpenter: "I think it was imperative that [Deb] found out when [she's] already trapped in this web of acceptance for him."

Check out the full-size poster, below, and more images from the upcoming seventh season -- including Yvonne Strahovski, Ray Stevenson and Jason Gedrick. Dexter returns Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

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