TV Alert: “Dexter” Season 5 starts Sunday

I have seen the future of Dexter — and it is amazing.

Sure, Dexter has been light on the lesbian content – a random police sergeant here, some sexual tension between women there — but I’m still holding out for Deb to come out of the closet. I mean, seriously — look at that shirt, that watch, that ‘tude.

Still, loving Dexter is easy, thanks to strong performances and writing that’s unlike anything on TV. The show definitely is not for everyone; it is explicitly violent and the main character is a serial killer. It also is addictive.

Season 5 doesn’t skip a beat (Season 4 spoilers ahead), starting when the police show up at Rita’s murder scene. I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that Dexter is in shock, blaming himself for what happened to Rita.

This Showtime video perfectly captures the mood of the first episode. Again, don’t watch if you haven’t finished Season 4.

Several of the investigating officers, including Quinn, interpret Dexter’s lack of outward emotion as a sign of guilt. I’m sure much of the season will be about the authorities getting a bit too close to the truth for Dex’s comfort.

Julie Benz is indeed back for an appearance or two, but the real shock is how they introduce Julia Stiles’ character, Lumen, in Episode 3. I bet nobody called that one. I can’t wait to see how things unfold with her character. Here’s Stiles talking about being a part of Dexter.

Oh, that voice. That voice.

Based on what I’ve seen so far, we’re in for another epic season from Dexter and an Emmy-caliber performance from Michael C. Hall. Season 5 starts Sunday (happy birthday to me!) at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Will you be watching?