Dexter Begins Season 5 with World's Worst Alibi

After his wife's murder in the Season 4 finale of Dexter, Dexter Morgan starts his new season under suspicion in her death. Fortunately, he has an alibi - but it brings another set of problems: He was busy chopping up the Trinity killer when Rita died.

"The spouse is always the first person that people look to, but he does potentially have another alibi," star and executive producer Michael C. Hall said of the new season at a Comic-Con panel Thursday.

The panel included the first footage from Season 5, which opens (spoiler alert) just moments after Dexter discovers his wife dead in a tub full of blood.

"We want to process this huge event, which is almost like a second origin story," executive producer Chip Johannessen said. "This is something he brought on himself. We don't continue the facts of Season 4 for very long, but the set of events that he brought upon himself very much permeate Season 5."

Adds Hall: "He's motivated by a desire to make amends for that even if he doesn't consciously know it. He needs to make things right, even if it feels impossible."

Rita's death will not only cause Dexter to feel guilt for the first time, but make him a single parent to baby Harrison and stepchildren Astor and Cody.

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Jul 23, 2010 11:00PM EDT

How was he killing the Trinity killer when she died, if the Trinity killer killed her? The Trinity killer had to have captured her earlier in the day before she boarded the plane to leave Miami, so there were hours between the time Rita was killed and the time Dexter was killing the Trinity killer. Dexter was even on his trail much of the time after he left Rita that day, right?

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Jul 24, 2010 8:42PM EDT

I was thinking the same thing James... this article doesn't make much sense. But still, can't wait for season 5! It's gonna be sooo cool!<3 <3 <3 Michael C Hall

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