What do the people over at Showtime have up their sleeves? Yesterday, we learned that Julie Benz‘s character Rita would rise from the dead and make an appearance next season and now Julia Stiles is in negotiations to join the series in its fifth year. According to EW, the show’s producers are interested in bringing the actress on for a “top secret” role.

“Dexter” showrunner Chip Johannessen stated a few weeks ago that Stiles’ character wouldn’t follow in the footsteps of last season’s John Lithgow, which means she won’t be a bad guy.

“We’re not going to have a single Big Bad this season,” revealed Johannessen. “We don’t want to try and top John Lithgow, so we’re going to change up the forces that Dexter’s going to be dealing with.”

Boo! We don’t think it would be appropriate for her to come on board as a love interest for Dexter because the season is supposed to pick up immediately after Rita’s death. Therefore, your guess is as good as ours when it comes to her possible involvement. It will be interesting to see Dexter deal with his grief, without a villain to distract him. Hmm, this could either be very good or very bad.

Who do you think Julia Stiles could play on Dexter?