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'Dexter' exec on new season twist: 'We owed it to the audience'

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Dexter exec Sara Colleton has explained the decision to have Deb discover her brother's secret.

Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) finally learnt the truth about Dexter (Michael C Hall) in the season seven premiere, which aired last night (September 30) in the US.

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"We felt that after dancing around this [discovery] for six years... we would have cheated our audience to just put our toes in the water," Colleton explained to TVLine. "We felt we really owed them for it to be that she now knows it all.

"That was the most honest and the most dramatic way to handle it... Once it's out there, there's no dancing around it anymore."

Colleton also addressed Deb's romantic feelings for her adopted sibling - a plot theme that has proven controversial with some fans.

"We pride ourselves on never opening up a door that we don't go into, fully explore it and then shut the door on it," she said. "So, yes, [that storyline] shows up in the course of this season.

"We're dealing with it the way we had always planned. It's a forum by which both of them eventually can really talk about their feelings. It really serves us this season. And you will see that when it happens, about midway through."

Dexter continues on Sundays at 9/8c on Showtime. In the UK, the new season will premiere on FX in early 2013.

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Watch a behind-the-scenes video for Dexter season seven below:

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