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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: 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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thoughts on dexter: talk to the hand

“I thought I was headed in the right direction, my dark passenger back behind the wheel, but if I was so sure I knew where I was going, how did I get so lost?” – Dexter

Talk to the Hand didn’t start with Dexter’s usual inner monologue, which typically addresses the episode theme and serves as a bridge for the last episode. Instead, we began the evening with Dexter heading back to the scene of his own crime. As far as penultimate episode’s go, this one was pretty good and unless everything is (unbelievably) neatly wrapped up in the finale, a lot of what happened will have an impact for seasons to come.

  • Beth as Travis’ right hand (wo)man. Being tasked with helping end the world is a big deal and I don’t think Travis made his decision lightly, but why did he select Beth to gas the Miami PD instead of her husband?
  • Did anyone else notice that the police mostly mentioned Travis in this episode? It was like they already knew Gellar is dead.
  • Dexter wants Deb to excuse Matthews. Whether or not Deb understood why Matthews left Jessica there and tried to cover it up, there’s no way she’ll be that understanding when/if she learns her brother is a serial killer. Nice try Dexter.
  • “What did stalkers do before the Internet? This.
  • Wormwood goes off. Anti-climatic isn’t even the right word. A week of speculating over whose hand that was and how many people would die. I even believed Quinn would somehow be involved. Dexter saved the day and Beth was the only one that died. Minor let down.
  • “Maybe it takes a beast to catch a beast.”  Then the scene cuts to the “beast” feeding a sweet little cat, which was funny. Later, we realize Travis killed the cat’s owners and left their bleeding bodies right by the cat food, which was less funny and implied that Travis is a little beastlier than we may have originally assessed.
  • How close is Matthews to Deb and Dexter? He mentioned in the second season that Harry asked him to watch over the two if anything happened to him. However, over the years, he’s never really interacted with them outside of police matters. This makes sense for Dexter, but I think if they’d been close, Deb would have latched on to him as a stand-in father figure years ago.
  • “Your brother holds a very important place in your life.Deb is realizing her feelings for Dexter may be of the romantic variety. The preview for this episode hinted to this, but I try not to take the previews seriously since they are usually misleading. Except this time, they were a major clue. Deb being in love with Dexter will completely change their dynamic. Also, I wonder if Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall were pleased  with this storyline, considering their less than “in love” status.
  • Masuka’s creepy intern. Dexter doesn’t like Louis, who seems to pick up on that and also mentions that he wants to get in the game (the killing game?!?!), which is all followed by Louis drawing a palm chart onto the hand from the ITK case and shipping it (with care) to Dexter. Similar to Deb and her semi-incestuous feelings, this isn’t a story I see ending with the season finale.
  • Sloppy, sloppy Dexter. Since when do you send video messages and since when is it a good idea to send one to the man the whole city and Miami PD is on the lookout for? What if they find him before you do and get his phone? Or, what if you think you’re going to catch him but he knocks you out and puts you in a boat filled with gasoline? What then Dexter?
  • The beast with seven heads. Travis is a great artist and all, but his rendition of Dexter is creepy and makes Dexter’s forehead look massive. I’m sure this won’t go unnoticed by Deb and co. when its found (the fact that it’s Dexter, not the whole creepy forehead thing).
  • LaGuerta is such a bitch. Her character officially has no redeeming qualities. If she were to somehow be killed off, perhaps by Matthews or one of the other 30 people that hate her, I would be all right with that.
  • Dexter and Deb have a date heart-to-heart. As the camera focused on Dexter’s lips and their hands gently touching, it felt like we were in an indie love film. Will this be a recurring thing? Is this why Dexter’s been single all season?
  • Dexter’s blood dripped onto the dock. The scene was very pointed, so I don’t think it’ll be one of those times when Dexter leaves behind some sort of evidence and no one notices.
  • Thank you for not making the explosion a cliffhanger. We all knew Dexter wasn’t going to die, so I appreciate the show for not even pretending that was a possibility.

Next week: This is the Way the World Ends (season finale)


Completely speculation, but I think Deb (and everyone else) will realize that was Dexter on the boat. She’ll blame herself since Dexter got on Travis’ radar by saving her life and she’ll think this was done as payback. I don’t think Harrison dies, but I feel like Dexter will spend all of next season wondering how the kidnapping will affect his son later in life.

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