Dexter’s sixth season had its ups and (almost laughable) downs, which many fans will tell you they either saw coming or frequented a website full of fans that did (r/dexter was my preferred discussion spot).
True, this season wasn’t the strongest, but we know it kicked off (what may be) the last two seasons of the series. So instead of bashing and nitpicking what we loved/hated, let’s start obsessing early and guess what all this means for the future.
Harry’s Code vs. Religion
The two share a thread of morality (yes, being a serial killer can be moral) and Dexter’s belief in both was tested this season. Brother Sam played a major role in pushing Dexter from strong religious ambivalence to a tentative belief in the possibility of a higher power. While Brian popped up for one episode and (literally) pushed any thought of Harry and his code out of Dexter’s mind. The end result of all of this internal confusion was Dexter making a kill (Travis) that Brother Sam and Harry would have undoubtedly advised against.
What this could mean for next season: It was interesting watching someone who generally doesn’t believe in religion have it thrown in his personal and professional life pretty much all season, but there’s no need to rehash this again. Unless Brother Sam takes on the Harry-role for an episode or two, it’s highly unlike anyone else will re-spark Dexter’s interest in God or any other higher being in the seventh season.
Louis the Intern
Masuka originally selected Ryan Chambers for his intern, but after a little flirting and thievery, Louis replaced her. He flew under the radar and for a brief moment in time, I thought he’d be harmless character who was only introduced to give the homicide department some new blood.
Sure, his obsession with Dexter could have been written off as cute, but then we found out that he was in possession of the hand from the ITK case that Ryan originally stole. A red flag, especially when coupled with the palm reading he drew on the hand before mailing it to Dexter. All signs point to something nefarious, but there’s still a sliver of possibility that he’s a fan boy obsessed with Dexter’s work as a blood-splatter expert and not his side job as a serial killer.
What this could mean for next season: The popular opinion is that Louis is Dexter’s nephew. Perfectly acceptable, but if the writers go that route, I truly hope they make him Dexter’s nephew/mentee instead of Dexter’s nephew/opponent. Travis used up all of my patience for mediocre villains and Louis would be much more fun as a Lumen-style character who provides a support system for Dexter’s kills.
Deb’s Loving Feeling
With her new role as lieutenant, Deb spent most of the season in a perpetual state of adjustment. She broke up with Quinn early on and when she wasn’t figuring out how to fit into her new role, she was holed up in a dark office with her psychiatrist. Her sessions helped her realize how much she wanted Dexter to be someone he wasn’t (“You wouldn’t ask a chair to become a table“), her reliance on Dexter as a brother and finally, her feelings. Yes, Deb loves Dexter…romantically.
Her psychiatrist, who she may need more than ever next season, normalized these emotions because the two aren’t blood siblings. In turn, Deb decided it would be a good idea to tell Dexter that she is in love with him. This could be the most significant takeaway from this season.
What this could mean for next season: Whether or not Deb actually tells Dexter how she feels, the emotions will still be there. They will shape how she treats him as a brother and her subordinate at work, as well as how she interacts with any other romantic interests they may give her in the seventh season. Her psychiatrist could decide to tell someone, perhaps LaGuerta, which means everyone finds out she’s in love with Dexter. Although super unlikely, Deb being pregnant was mentioned as a possibility in Ricochet Rabbit. Does Harrison get a little cousin that could one day become his little stepbrother?
Dexter Got Caught
In one of Dexter’s sloppiest moments of the season, he decides to kill Travis at the abandoned church. Under normal circumstances, this would fit Dexter’s usual modus operandi just fine. However, he did the kill in the most visible place in the building on the same day/time Deb asked him to be there. Had he not already doubled his chances of getting caught, it was the end of the season finale, so it was expected that something big would happen….and he got caught….by Deb…his sister….that just realized she’s in love with him. Wow.
What this could mean for next season: If he were caught by pretty much anybody else, I’d theorize that this cliffhanger concludes with that person ending up as dead as Travis. Since it was Deb this can go a few ways, here are the ones that immediately came to mind:
• Dexter tells Deb it’s his first time killing someone and she buys it: Highly unlikely since Travis is killed in a very “I’ve done this a few times before” manner. She can’t be that blinded by love.
• Dexter tells Deb everything and she runs away in disgust, spending the whole season avoiding him and pretending she didn’t see what she so obviously did: Also highly unlikely since Deb tends to confront her issues/problems/etc. full force.
• Deb realizes Dexter’s killing style is similar to that of the Bay Harbor Butcher and he tells her he picked up where Doakes left off: More likely, since Deb is super observant when it comes to her police work and will probably notice the connection, but less likely that Dexter will only partially admit to what he’s been doing.
• Dexter accepts that Dexter is a serial killer and works with him to clean up the mean streets of Miami: Not likely, but it would be so enjoyable to watch.
The great thing about it being Deb is that she’s already let Dexter (and Lumen) go once before. She may not have known she was doing that, but she proved to Dexter that she doesn’t always see things as black and white, which means she might just understand why he’s been killing all these years. If he panders to that side of Deb, as well as lets her know that Harry essentially trained him, it could mean he continues to kill and share who he really is.
Season seven can’t come soon enough.
“Most people believe we have free will, that we all choose our path. Sometimes the path is clear, sometimes not so much. Every twist, every turn can challenge our sense of direction. But it’s the choices we make when we reach a fork in the road that define who we are.” – Dexter
I was wrong. Just Let Go did not prove to be the episode where we finally learn the “secret” behind Travis and Gellar’s relationship. There were clues…but nothing concrete. That disappointment aside, there seemed to be a greater focus on the other dynamics, like Dexter and his Dark Passenger, Quinn’s downward spiral and the increasing redundancy of LaGuerta in every episode. Not everyone is in love with the major religious theme of the season, but without it, we might not have seen the return of one of Dexter’s more significant characters, as well as the loss of another.
- Clues that Gellar is nothing but a figment: (1) Gellar picked out the ‘tawdry’ outfit for their victim, but didn’t pay. Maybe he’s cheap, but I doubt it. (2) Gellar asks questions he would know the answer to if he were involved in the process (i.e., did Travis brand the woman yet). He sounds like he’s speaking as a conscious and not a partner. (3) Lisa, Travis’ sister, mentions that he’s a great artist. Gellar’s painting is really good. They could have bonded over their expertise with a paintbrush…or…Travis is doing the paintings. (4) Travis makes no mention of what happened with Dexter.
- “You and Sam are friends.” This may be the first time Dexter has ever been called anyone’s friend and it was genuinely true. I don’t count Batista, because their ”friendship” is a convenience from working together, if that.
- It was pretty sloppy for Dexter to call Leo Hernandez’s baby mama and say he was from the Department of Child Services. Maybe there’s a block on the caller ID for calls made from the police department. Or perhaps, and more likely, I was just overanalyzing a really insignificant scene.
- What was the point of the writer’s making Quinn and Batista form that quick and corny buddy cop thing just to bring it back full-circle in this episode? Sure, Quinn played the ‘partner card’ and Batista had his back, but by the time the credits were rolling, Quinn was back to being a douche (sort of understandably) while Batista and Deb were BFFs again.
- Dexter seemed to care more about Brother Sam being shot than when Rita was killed. Usually Dexter has to pretend he’s feeling normal human reactions, like at Rita’s funeral, yet when Jamie asks him about Sam, he has to pretend he’s not. And speaking of Dexter’s internal conflict…
- Harry sends mixed messages. Sometimes it’s fine for Dexter to be detached and other times he shoves Dexter in the “light” direction. But since he’s not real, it speaks to how Dexter’s own conflicting emotions play out when Michael C. Hall isn’t giving us a play-by-play in the voiceovers.
- Deb finds it hard to talk to Dexter since she’s his boss now. If only she knew that big brother probably didn’t give that whole thing a second thought, except for being genuinely proud of her.
- Please don’t make Anderson into another Doakes. I didn’t like Doakes, at all.
- Louis, Masuka’s intern, is played by Josh Cooke. I Love You, Man….I couldn’t place him last week, which was bugging me.
- Raise your hand if you knew Nick was Brother Sam’s shooter after the fifth time they beat us over the head with the dog as a clue. Way to slap us with the obvious, although I was oblivious.
- Why is Travis keeping a fridge with his own transfused blood?
- Deb was jealous. “I could give a fuck who you fuck.” Classic Deb avoidance. Regardless, Quinn was still completely asinine for sleeping with a potential witness. I forsee them drawing a connection between her and Travis btw.
- Brother Sam thought Dexter’s darkness was fueled by hate. His speech was a little trite, but moving nonetheless. Although I appreciate that he sees Dexter’s light, I just don’t think his Dark Passenger is driven by a hatred for his “victims”. Sorry Brother Sam.
- Louis, stay the hell away from Jamie. I NEVER like anyone with smarts getting close to anyone with access to Dexter, it makes me uneasy, like they might start snooping around…finding stuff.
- Light vs. Dark. I really thought Dexter was going to let Nick go and was all prepared to hear the many Dexter fans shout how pissed they were that Dexter got to the fork and went the “good” route. Unfortunately or fortunately, Nick’s darkness beat out any light Dexter may have had in that moment. Dexter’s not usually so public with his murders, but then again, Dexter never been one to turn down the opportunity for a justly killing.
- Travis let the girl go.
DaddyGellar is going to be pissed.
Next on Dexter …
Of course with arguably one of the purest people Dexter has ever encountered ripped form his life, there was room for the darkest to return. One Brother (Sam) is gone and another brother (Brian Moser) comes back. Thank you for the symbolism Dexter writers. Judging from the promo, the Trinity Killer is back. And yes, we all know that’s not literal.
“Some people think that religion began as a way for primitive cultures to explain natural phenomenon. The fire, the wind, the rain, they created a god for each one. You’d think science would have made religion obsolete, but it hasn’t.” – Dexter
Science and religion collide in A Horse of a Different Color and not just for Dexter. This episode focused heavily on faith, whether that meant believing your boss is selflessly offering friendly advice or that the new intern likes you and not what you can give her. Travis and Gellar may have been setting up ‘tableaus’ but in the grander scheme of the show, many of those messages were for us as well.
- Why is Dexter drawn to Brother Sam? Kudos to Mos Def and the writers for giving us such a developed character in such a short amount of time. These two have casual chemistry and whether Dexter is trying to find proof or he’s just intrigued by what he doesn’t understand, this is one of the most natural reactions we’ve seen Dexter have…ever. Given his criminal and religious backgrounds, I wonder if he’ll be killed by Travis or inaccurately accused of the murder. All of my theories on how long the Brother Sam/Dexter bromance lasts center around genuinely believing that Sam is one of the good guys and represents hope for Dexter. Not that I want him to change his current level of morality and stop killing or anything (Zzzzzz!).
- Would it be possible to use the Book of Revelation to decipher this whole season? I wouldn’t want to figure out all of the twists and turns before they happen, but I wonder if it would even be possible.
- Are the new characters just to breathe fresh life into the Homicide division or should we be watching them more carefully? Mike Anderson is obviously big on protocol and observant, but aside from annoying Quinn and giving Deb fashion advice, I’m not sure there was much more to him this week. Then there’s Ryan who stole the hand and got caught by Masuka, and being a little mischievous thief could be as dark as her character gets. Separately I think I would be able to just enjoy the newbies, but Christine Hill gave me trust issues when it comes to new, non-serial killer characters.
- Travis is working alone…right? Henry pointed out that two people seemingly did the slashing and staging. But Gellar always seems not quite there, sorta like he might not really be there. Erin, the waitress, doesn’t seem aware of Gellar at the restaurant and nothing concrete on whether she looked at him when she was tied up on the floor either. When Gellar speaks to Travis, it’s almost like he’s his conscious…the conscious that drives him to murder the girl he “defiled” and turn her into a winged messenger….but still.
- Batista and Quinn got high. Completely throwaway scene, it wasn’t stoner funny, nor did it seem relevant to the plot. I’m only mentioning the whole thing because its irrelevance annoyed me.
- JarIt! isn’t real, but it’s no worse than the other zillion crappy infomercials.
- What will Dexter’s IOU be? Harrison’s appendix ruptured and in a very human, un-Dexter moment, he appeals to God (or whoever he thinks the higher power is) and promises something in return if Harrison makes it out ok. I think the IOU will come into play for Dexter, but it will be of his own doing. Meaning something will happen and he’ll see it as a sign that this is how he can repay his “debt”.
- How will Erin’s death affect Deb? Career-wise, it won’t have the best of implications. I can already see LaGuerta super smug, especially since Deb was involved when something similar happened to her last season. Emotionally, I think this will diminish all of that bravado Deb had going on after she was complimented for her “no BS” style during the press conference.
- “What is this?” Dexter asked early on in the episode, but in respect to the season, are the killings really “doomsday” themed or part of a bigger picture. The connection between religion and Gellar was drawn pretty early on and Dexter is never that “easy”…so what are we missing? Is Gellar really guiding Travis or is he a Henry-like figure?
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