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why dexter’s season seven finale was one of its best

(This post will undoubtedly discuss much of season seven, so don’t read if you haven’t watched…unless you’re into spoilers.)

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I was very ‘meh’ about Dexter‘s seventh season. I’m still not sure why, but perhaps that after the obvious plots and pacing of season six, the many subplots and franticness that made up this season were just too much for me to enjoy week after week. It got to the point that I stopped my Sunday viewings and let my DVR fill up with unwatched episodes. I finally dedicated a Friday afternoon to catching up, just in time for the finale. While the season itself failed to grab my attention, the finale (specifically the final minutes) literally made me jump off the couch in totally shock.

Bravo Dexter writers! The last time a Dexter finale got to me like that was in season four. For all of my joy over the way this season finally played out and what’s to come, it’s bittersweet knowing that this is the end. We knew going into the seventh season that the producers (more than likely) intended for it to be part one of the final end, and that’s for the best; no one likes watching a show they love stay on long after it’s reached a natural expiration date. What I like most about the way this season ended is that it left very little room for anything but the culmination of Dexter’s journey. Even if the show’s ratings are drool-worthy for TV execs, the story will end, and the masterminds behind Dexter have made sure of that.

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Hannah Disappearing Act
Hannah escapes jail, thanks to the help of her former roommate Arlene. When Hannah leaves the black orchid on Dexter’s doorstep, it could be her final goodbye before she heads to Argentina or a dark reminder of how they first met. Regardless, I loved that Hannah’s future and how it connects to Dexter is very open-ended. With Rita and Lila the finality was there, and while Lumen’s departure didn’t end with death, it was pretty clear she had no plans to return to Dexter’s life either. The writers could have killed Hannah off in the finale, either at the hands of Deb or Dexter. By not doing so, they leave a loose strand that could end with Dexter finding some resemblance of happiness when this is all over. I would love to see the whole next season end in a Shakespearean bloodbath with Dexter left with only Harrison and Hannah. She could return to help him escape and since the two clearly deserve each other, they could end up (relatively) happy ever after.

LaGuerta’s Redemption
In my opinion, LaGuerta has been one of the show’s most annoying characters for many seasons now. She’s horrible and functions like some power-hungry, cold-hearted robot bitch. Even so, her romantic relationships always had a way of humanizing her, which explains why she pushed away Angel, Doakes and probably a slew of others. Her love for Doakes (and desire to clear his name) pushed her to relentlessly pursue Dexter as the BHB, even after she was given multiple reasons not to. But it’s Angel’s love for her that could ultimately result in Dexter getting caught. LaGuerta died knowing that she was right about Dexter and Deb, and her death might mean that Angel (and perhaps Quinn) start to believe her story as well. As we learned this season, all it takes is something tiny (i.e., the slide Dexter left behind at Travis Marshall’s crime scene) to put someone on his trail, and LaGuerta left a lot of “tiny” things behind. There are the warrants for Deb and Dexter, as well as the gas station surveillance video of Deb. I think the writers will find a way to have Deb and Dexter legally escape this mess, but it’s unlikely everyone goes back to thinking LaGuerta is nuts and Dexter is innocent.

Deb’s “Birth”
All season long, we watched her grapple with her knowledge of what Dexter does and who he truly is. She finally told him that she’s in love with him, but nothing really changed, until the finale. She felt it was necessary to choose between Dexter and LaGuerta, and she chose her brother. She could have made this choice by simply leaving the scene and letting Dexter handle things, but instead she was the one to kill LaGuerta. By doing this, the writers pushed Deb to Dexter’s level; she’s no longer the innocent who got wrapped up in Dexter’s nature. She may have been pushed to the brink by everything that led up to it, but she ultimately made the decision to shoot LaGuerta, and that changes things in a much more significant way than her simply knowing (and accepting) that Dexter is a killer. Dexter always says that he was ‘born in blood’ in that shipping container. Years later, he worried that Harrison would suffer the same fate since he too watched his mother die at an early age, which makes sense since it seems killing does run in the Moser bloodline. However, it ended up being him and Deb that were forever changed in their respective shipping containers. Something in Deb died, and although I doubt she starts running around thinking about ‘dark passengers’, there is no way she doesn’t end up with a darkness that isn’t all that dissimilar to Dexter’s.

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For all of the key things I loved about the finale, I still have gripes with the way things ended, including a few missteps in the overall season:

  • The Phantom Arsonist was an unnecessary subplot. Period.
  • Louis the Intern could have been Louis the Nephew (of Dexter) or even Louis the Sidekick, but instead he was Louis the Annoying Guy That Dislikes Dexter Because He Slammed His Stupid Video Game. I don’t know if I should applaud the writers for employing such a huge red herring or curse them for making me waste precious time theorizing for no good reason.
  • The prospect of a Jamie and Quinn pairing is a bad idea. Period.
  • This is hypocritical, because I loved that the season ended with Deb making such a definitive statement by killing LaGuerta, but I hated that Deb killed LaGuerta. Seconds after the shot was fired, she ran over to her, told Dexter she hated him and began crying. Moments after that, she seemingly cleaned herself off, and went to Angel’s NYE party so that she and Dexter could party like it was 1999. I can’t take a full eighth season of Deb whining and being extra emotional about what she did. You made a choice, own it. But this is Deb, so of course she’s going to opine about her guilt. Of course.

 

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thoughts on dexter: swim deep

Previously on Dexter: Buck the System and Run

For the many few of you that asked, I’m not sure how I feel about this season, so rather than complain about the various annoyances (e.g., the pacing, Deb in general, the silliness of bringing the mob into things, etc.) over and over again, I’ve decided to do these bi-weekly. That may or may not change if things get and stay interesting.

 

“As kids, Deb and I would try to outrun the waves, but I would always end up diving under them. I’d swim deep because I could withstand the pull of the tide. But Deb was always safest at shore. From here on out I’ll face the depths by myself.” – Dexter

Deb’s Acceptance

Harry and Dexter discussing whether or not Deb will be able to accept him now that she knows the truth was essentially Dexter questioning these things himself. As we see Deb navigate her way through LaGuerta’s side investigation and deal with the implications of Dexter killing Viktor, it seems she’s slowly going a bit insane dealing with all of this. In one of the few sweet moments the two have shared since the beginning of the season, Deb and Dexter recall their summer at Myrtle Beach. This walk down memory lane reminds Deb, as well as viewers, of the childhood these two shared, a childhood that makes Deb’s romantic feelings all the more inappropriate. For now, it seems she’s going to let Dexter do his thing (as if she had a choice!) and just stay out of it. I don’t think this will last. Deb has never been good at staying out of anything and her attachment to Dexter goes above and beyond general sisterly concern. When this intensifies, I predict Deb will blurt out her feelings for Dexter or kill someone with him or some fantastic combination of both.

LaGuerta and the Bay Harbor Butcher

LaGuerta never thought Doakes was the Bay Harbor Butcher and finding the slide with Travis’ blood on it has inspired her to secretly reopen the case…and freak Masuka out in the process. Normally, asking Deb to help her would be the perfect way to combine their respective geniuses and catch the real Butcher. Unfortunately for LaGuerta (and extremely fortunate for Dexter), Deb is on the case solely to keep her away from figuring out that Dexter was the one who left the slide. Deb thought it would be as simple as interviewing Phillip Barnes’ family herself and for the most part, it was. Although they left with pictures that could identify Dexter as the person from the Miami PD who was at the wedding, Deb got to it first and gave it to Dexter. LaGuerta doesn’t know she’s hit a roadblock but even still, this will hardly be the thing that makes her drop the case. I wonder how long Deb can play the “hero” for Dexter, as well as how long it is before Dexter realizes LaGuerta is a real threat to him. As much as I dislike her character, I’m still rooting for her to figure it out because let’s face it, she has the potential to be a Doakes-style adversary and we all remember how fun that was!

Isaak and the Koshka Brotherhood

Isaak wasted no time letting Dexter know he figured out he was the one that killed Viktor. Judging from the picture we saw last week, it’s clear Viktor is/was special to Isaak and he’s adamant about avenging his death. Dexter leaving a voicemail at his apartment to lure Isaak away from his apartment was genius. Dexter luring Isaak to an ambush at the Colombian bar was even more genius. However, Dexter has deeply underestimated who he’s up against. According to Deb, they’re “looking for the fucking Terminator.” Instead of a dead Isaak, Dexter just gets a few drug dealers killed and a story about grandfather’s who return from Siberia  to stab the man who killed his brother. Overall, Isaak lets Dexter know that he has no problem waiting for his revenge, it runs in his blood! When you couple his “revenge is a dish best served cold” mindset with his skilled killing style, it makes him a fun antagonist, but he’s still not Trinity Killer scary. Hell, he’s just a pissed-off Ukrainian mobster who doesn’t even have a cool name. Again, fun to watch, but is he really a threat to Dexter?

Hannah McKay and Dexter

While watching Hannah nostalgically play with the giraffe, Dexter figured out that she was never really one of Randall’s victims. This was confirmed when he realized after digging up their bodies that Hannah helped Randall kill the couple. She knows that Dexter figured it out and soon, she’ll know that he didn’t turn her in. It wouldn’t have mattered since she was given immunity, but she’ll have to at least question why he kept it to himself. I still feel like they’re forcing the sexual tension between Hannah and Dexter, specifically with lines like, “Look at us, talking blood and gore like we’re on a date sharing our first sexual experience.” I’m all for something happening between these two, but there’s a better way to make sparks happen (think more Lila and less Rita).

Other Observations:

  • Deb’s freakout in the elevator was pretty much perfect.
  • If Phillip Barnes went missing after he left the wedding, how did his wife get the pictures he took from that night? Did she get the pictures from another wedding photographer? Since…you know…non-celebrity weddings are known for having multiple wedding photographers.
  • A bag full of cash in the seat of your car says Quinn ends up dead by the end of the season.
  • Although it was understandable that she did it for Dexter, watching Deb pull rank on Batista stung a little bit.
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thoughts on dexter: buck the system

Previously on Dexter: Sunshine and Frosty Swirl

  • Wayne Randall tells Miami Metro he has new evidence on his 15-year-old killing spree, but really, he wants a few days in the sun before ultimately committing suicide. He makes a brief connection with Dexter when discussing how he’s come to terms with his punishment.
  • Debra comes up with the genius idea to put Dexter into her own version of rehab, which is designed to stop his urge to kill. Clearly, Deb has no clue how deep Dexter’s desire to slash and dash former murders (and other heinous criminals) runs.
  • The department begins making connections between Mike Anderson’s death and the Ukrainian Mob.
  • Louis is revealed as nothing more than a sensitive kid who’s sole purpose for annoying Dexter is because his feelings were hurt. Homicidal Tendencies was a video game he worked so hard on, yet unkind words from Dexter was enough for him to throw it all away? Psh. Grow up Louis.

“I feel trapped, like there’s no escape and it’s not because I’m at the post office. She’s got me penned in like a caged animal, and an animal is never more dangerous than when it’s back into a corner.”

Has Quinn learned nothing from his previous romantic relationships?
Masuka may have bad luck with interns, but Quinn does even worse with the ladies. First, there was Yuki, who tried to get him fired. Then, he got involved with Christine, the Trinity Killer’s daughter. Finally, there was the crash and burn that was his love affair with Deb. Overall, you’d think he would know to keep work and play very far apart. Yet somehow, he’s once again managed to mix the two when he gets involved with Nadia, the stripper who has aspirations of starting a dog-walking business. Although she let him know that her bosses told her to get close to him, she’s still not to be trusted. She warns him to stay away from the Koshka Brotherhood, which was probably the only honest words to come out of her mouth. I don’t trust her. I don’t get how Quinn is foolish enough to trust her, but I guess he’s nothing if not consistently idiotic. I could see this ending with a dead Quinn before we make it to the eight season.

Why is Isaac so concerned about who killed Viktor?
As far as know now, Viktor was just one of Isaac’s associates. Initially, I thought he wanted to find Viktor to make sure he didn’t reveal anything about the Brotherhood. However, watching his interaction with Louis, it makes me think there relationship runs a little deeper. Maybe that’s his son? A close friend? A former lover? Who knows! I like that Isaac is creepy in a way that last year’s antagonist, Travis, never quite was. We learn he was sent to disciplinary school in England and we’ve seen that he doesn’t flinch when stabbing bouncer’s in the eye. This is the kind of stuff that makes him formidable and a quiet threat. I’m equal parts curious about who he is as and what he’s capable of doing. He met Dexter at the club, where they had a brief (and incredibly forced) interaction, and thanks to Louis, he knows Dexter’s name and place of employment. These guys move quick, so I’m betting he makes the connection between the guy he met and the name he was given by next episode and we’re on our way to the heart of this season.

Was Louis the Intern a complete waste as a character?
Well, Louis is dead. Louis is dead and the Ukranian mobsters killed him. His little game of cat and mouse with Dexter was his demise, but yet not at the hands of Dexter himself. I suppose once Dexter sent the ITK hand to Masuka, which got Louis fired, and then sent the video of the hooker to Jamie, which got Louis dumped (“It’s not cheating if you pay for it!”), it was apparent who the victor was in this little battle. But did it have to end like this?! Wouldn’t it have been much more interesting if Louis, Deb, LaGuerta AND the Koshka Brotherhood were all on Dexter’s trail one way or another? Couldn’t Louis have conceded defeat and worked his way into Dexter’s cold heart, serving as an assistant killer of sorts?! Damn you Dexter writers for dropping all these delicious bread crumbs and making me think Louis mattered, only to reveal that he was a brat with no real relevance. Thanks a lot.

Will Hannah be Dexter’s new Lumen or even better, his Lila?
Hannah (played by Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck) is Wayne’s former girlfriend. She would have been in jail too if she wasn’t a minor when they went on their crime spree, but the point of all this is that she’s not new to being a criminal. She may have started a new life, but she still has a “dark passenger” of her own or at least a little bit of darkness. In another forced interaction, we see that she has some weird energy/connection with Dexter. I’m excited about the potential here for two important reasons: I like Dexter in tortured romances (Lila was so much more fun and screwed up than Rita) and it’ll bring Deb’s feelings right back to the surface.

How long before Deb has her ‘first kill’?
Ray Speltzer, the mojito-making killer, was really fun to watch (I say that strictly from an entertainment stand-point). He’s the type of psychotic guy that wears helmets, sets up a creepy haunted house type scenario and follows rituals during his kills. He didn’t take the easy route and get his guest drunk, but instead let her know that she looked strong and planned to kill her using his own strength. How considerate. I’m glad he escaped because it means he has the potential to be Deb’s ‘first kill’. Not as a cop, but as Dexter’s sister who understands why he follows his own law. Were it not for her silly need to follow the actual law, Speltzer would be in jail now and another girl wouldn’t have been killed. Poor Deb, she’s never been a match for Dexter’s methodical genius, but as he pushes her further into the grey moral area, it’s clear she’s going to do something un-Deb like. Maybe it only happens once, but there’s no way she keeps doing things by the book knowing what she knows.

Other observations:

  • Hannah’s greenhouse looked familiar to a scene from season six, but then again, all greenhouses tend to look similar.
  • Bracelets equipped with GPS chips for their drug mules? Technology is amazing.
  • Will we ever know why Louis drew on that ITK hand?
  • The plastic giraffe, lighter and necklace wrapped in the t-shirt, was that about showing that killers love their trophies or is there more to it?

Next week on Dexter: Run

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thoughts on dexter: are you…?

“It’s simple human nature to keep little secrets about ourselves. We all do it: ‘I dye my hair’,’ I watch Internet pornography’. But what if your whole life is a secret? A lie? And exposing the truth could expose everything you are? What do you do? Run?”

Why did Deb believe Dexter so easily?
Dexter’s easy explanation after Deb catches him in his ritualistic act of killing Travis? “I wanted him dead, so I killed him.” He tosses in the effects of Rita’s death for good measure, as if to say “Deb, I’ve dealt with a lot of shit, so it’s perfectly understandable that I snapped this one and only time.” Maybe it was this or Dexter’s assertion that although he was suffering from temporary insanity he would still be locked up and lose Harrison, but Deb immediately went along with the plan to make it look like a suicide. Travis’ final tableau would include setting the church on fire and stabbing himself, all as a reaction to the world not ending.

Fortunately, the observant and skilled Deb I’ve come to both love and loathe the last few years slowly made an appearance throughout the episode. She questions how Dexter was “so perfectly prepared to kill Travis” and notes that Dexter wasn’t wearing his usual work attire when she found him at the church. She thinks about the plastic Dexter used to wrap up Travis and makes the connection to her “tryst” with Brian Moser (aka the Ice Truck Killer and Dexter’s brother). It was then that I realized she didn’t believe Dexter, her first reaction was just to save him. The dots were fully connected for her when she spoke to Jamie and found out that Dexter lies about working late all the time. At some point she ransacks Dexter’s apartment and finds his slides and all the other red flags that he is very much a murderer and Travis was just one of many. Instead of asking for another lie explanation, she simply asks him if he’s a serial killer, which Dexter confirms. Watching young Dexter almost tell young Deb why they had to get rid of Banjo, it was pretty clear he’s always wanted to believe she would understand who he really is, but it was Harry that knocked this idea out of his head (“If she every saw the real you, she’d never get over it”). Maybe she will…Harry’s code and suggestions aren’t completely infallible.

How will Deb deal with her emotions?
Finding out that her brother is a serial killer is just one part of this little puzzle. Towards the end of last season, Deb realized she is in love with Dexter. With so much happening, it was easy to forget that she came to the church to tell him that, and not just to check up on his work at the crime scene. We’ve seen Deb handle the hard stuff before and bounce back rather quickly, but this is completely new territory. My theory is that she’ll still tell him how she feels, because Deb just isn’t good at keeping her emotions in check. Dexter could realize he feels the same way, but I’d prefer that he manipulates her to insure she doesn’t continue to have the upper-hand in this situation. Sure, incestuous feelings aren’t on the same level of being a serial killer, but if done just right, Dexter could make Deb feel they’re both equally screwed up, which would make her pause a little before continually threatening to have him arrested or something else equally dramatic. If they write it so Deb keeps all of this to herself, then it was a huge waste including it in last year’s storyline.

Is LaGuerta a danger?
Nope. In fact, I’m glad she found the slide and starts to suspect that Doakes wasn’t the real Bay Harbor Butcher. It could mean that, finally, her character will get killed off or at the very least, do something more exciting than act like a bitch to Deb. LaGuerta was at her very best when she figured out that Prado killed her friend, Ellen. It added dimensions to her character and was genuinely enjoyable to watch. Also, if/when she does make even a remote connection to Dexter as the one behind everything, I hope that it’s Deb, Dexter or even Travis that kills her off before she can bring more people in on her theory. None of that accidental death shit.

What is up with Louis?
“The more I get to know you, the weirder and weirder you get.” I have to agree with Jamie here, this guy continues to puzzle me with his actions. He cancelled Dexter’s credit card, which could have just been in retaliation to their run-in at the apartment. He knows something, but we have no clue what. He has an obsession with Dexter, but we have no clue why. I mentioned at the end of last season that I agree with the theory he’s Dexter’s nephew, and that hasn’t changed. I’m going to give it another episode before I get restless and start demanding answers on why this kid is still around and what the hell he wants.

What do George, Isaac and the dead stripper have to do with anything?
Georgieis obviously the little boss to Isaac‘s big boss in this whole operation. They put themselves on everyone’s radar when Viktor killed Mike, but aside from running a strip club as a front for moving drugs, it’s not really clear why they’ve been relegated as Dexter‘s newest villain. Surely, this will be something the very capable Miami PD could handle without Dexter. So was the point to introduce a group so easily foiled that it leaves room for the Dexter/Deb, Dexter/Louis, LaGuerta dynamics? My general annoyance with the Ukranian mob as this season’s antagonist directly stems from the second season of The Wire when they introduced The Greeks, which tainted a near perfect record of a nearly perfect show. Fortunately, Travis already marred Dexter‘s record, so this could be a pleasant surprise of a storyline.

Other observations:

  • Doakes. Brother Sam. And now, Mike Anderson. I can’t help but notice a common factor there.
  • Deb in Dexter’s apartment, surrounded by all of the proof that he’s a serial killer, was a much bigger OMG moment that when she caught him at the church.
  • Gergoe Novikov is played by Jason Gedrick (who I know as the jerk who tried to break up Lynette’s marriage on Desperate Housewives) and  Isaac Sirko is played by Ray Stevenson.
  • This was one of the few episodes where I would have appreciated Harry’s words of advice, so where the hell was he?!
  • Young Deb was played by Savannah Paige Rae. This was especially perfect casting since Rae plays an annoyingly bratty Sydney on Parenthood.
  • Viktor was played by Enver Gjokaj, who should look especially familiar to Community fans as Lukka.
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dexter: what season six means for season seven

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.

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