Dexter had its most intriguing season yet last year, with guest star Julia Stiles as Lumen, a kidnapping and rape victim who teamed with Dexter to get revenge on her captor.
Stiles is in the running for an Emmy for her role, making her the third guest star in four seasons to get a nomination for Dexter, and she’s been talking to reporters about her thoughts on playing a victim-turned-killer. (Season 5 spoilers ahead, in case you’re not caught up.)
Lesley Goldberg, whose new role as staff writer at The Hollywood Reporter means we don’t get to see her much around AfterEllen.com these days, asked Stiles what she knew about Lumen when she took the part. She said she got broad strokes about the story arc, but little else.
She told THR that turning from victim into killer sealed the deal.
In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Stiles said that she thought being a part of a kill also would seal Lumen’s fate.
Actually being in the “kill room” gave her a sense of being part of the overall Dexter story.
The setting also, however, was more challenging to Stiles than she expected. She told Goldberg:
And Stiles was as disappointed as fans when Lumen walked away. She told The Tribune:
I was very surprised [at the breakup]. I thought everything we had been building toward over the course of the season — the trust and connection between Lumen and Dexter — was just thrown away. I had a hard time understanding that. Their vigilante justice was so romantic in a perverse way.
Of course, the fact that Lumen survived her turn on Dexter leaves us hope that Stiles might someday return to the show — and she sounds open to the possibility when asked if we’ll see her in the future.
I vote yes.
Dexter Season 5 was released on DVD last week and Season 6 starts October 2 on Showtime. Find out if Julia Stiles wins an Emmy on September 18 when Jane Lynch hosts the awards show.
Do you think Julia Stiles will take home an Emmy for Dexter? Any hopes for Lumen to return to Dexter’s life?