Well, the time has finally arrived for Dexter to hang up his hatchet. Yup, US network Showtime has finally pulled the plug on the serial killer series, which will end with the upcoming Season 8.

We had heard rumours that the show would be coming to an end, what with Showtime throwing their weight behind their new Liev Schreiber fronted series, Ray Donovan, but now the news has been officially confirmed via its official Facebook page. On a side note, is there anything those film and telly folks don't do via FB or the Twitter machine these days? (Catch the sneak peek at Season 8 that they posted alongside the announcement just below.)

Fans of the show may be sad to hear of its 'passing', but here in the office we do think it's about time. Sure there was only so long he could keep killing people before he was found out lads. And now that his sister knows what he's been up to, it can't be long before the jig is up. Speaking of Dexter's end, it seems Michael C Hall doesn't think it will be too pretty either. He previously spoke about the end of the series, and had this to say: "I imagine Dexter is going to get caught one way or the other," he said. "And by that I mean, can we really expect him, at this point, to walk into the sunset? Or get off without a blemish on his conscience or character?"

We're sure he'll go out with a bang though, and sure isn't the final series full of guest stars. Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Darri Ingolfsson (Last Resort), Nick Gomez (The Walking Dead), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints) and English actress Charlotte Rampling are among the actors signed on to appear.

The new season is due to premiere on June 30 on Showtime in the US, while season seven is currently airing on FOX in the UK on Sundays at 9pm.