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James Remar explains 'Dexter' absence

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Michael C. Hall as Dexter and James Remar as Harry Morgan, Season 5 Episode 1

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James Remar has explained why his Dexter character Harry has been absent for much of the show's fifth season.

Harry appeared again in last night's episode but has not been very prominent in recent instalments.

"Sometimes Harry's there and sometimes he's not," Remar told Zap2It. "Dexter maybe shut him out of his mind because he wants to do his own thing. This is the voice of his conscience, so I suppose from a creative standpoint how we can choose to look at it is, 'Here's a kid that hasn't called home in a few months'."

Remar also suggested that the father and son relationship is now being explored with Dexter and Harrison.

"It's 'Harry's son'," he said. "The line continues. Harrison says, 'Die, die', a combination of 'da da' and 'bye bye'. Little Harrison is clearly more like his father than Dexter might like him to be. He confides in him."

Remar also revealed that he focuses on Harry's role as a father when he is playing the part, saying: "The one consistent aspect that I've held onto and I find to be a very concrete platform from which to play anything that they ask me to do is Harry's unconditional love for Dexter. He just loves the guy. He just loves him for standing there. That's true of any loving parent. The kid could be the most astonishing mess-up and how do you not love him?"

Dexter continues on Sundays at 9pm on Showtime.

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