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Showtime confirms next season of 'Dexter' will be its last

Dexter will soon be putting away his blood slides ... for good. Showtime announced Thursday that the upcoming eighth season of "Dexter," premiering Sunday, June 30, will be its last. The network also released a sneak peek at the season premiere, where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) come face-to-face for the first time since the shocking season-seven finale.

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"When it debuted in 2006, 'Dexter' redefined the genre, by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape," Showtime Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank said in a statement. "'Dexter' paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come."

VIDEO: Watch the bloody-good promo for the season eight

Added David Nevins, President of Entertainment: "'Dexter' is a landmark franchise for our network, and we cannot wait to unveil the conclusion of this series, as we know it, to the millions of passionate fans who have supported the show season after season. We'd like to thank Michael, Jennifer, and 'Dexter's' indomitable cast, executive producers, writers and crew for eight incredible seasons."

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Watch the clip from the final season premiere below!