Original Air Date: September 15, 2013
Time is ticking. There is only a single episode left. More things are coming full-circle, and Dexter must make decisions, and start making them quickly. Theories and literature have been weaved into this post in attempts to explain Dexter’s new pattern of behavior as well as to address the straddling of two lives: the one of the serial killer, and the one of the empathetic, “typical” brother/boyfriend/father. This treatment of season 8, episode 11: “Monkey in a Box,” was greatly aided and shaped by the wonderful ideas of Billy [CopaForever], Maria B. [redvsgreenmotiftheory], and Lindsay B.
Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina: The Evolution of Dexter Morgan
It finally sinks in that Dexter is moving; “it’s no longer pretend”: the Slice of Life is for sale, his apartment is on the market, his SUV is going to Astor (what a great step-dad!), and Harrison’s stuffed monkey is in a box. Harrison is clearly upset and Jamie is even more distraught. Aimee Garcia had said in her session on the Dexter Wrap-Up podcast for episode 5: “This Little Piggy,” Jamie is the one who loves both Dexter and Harrison unconditionally, and it certainly shows in her interaction with the young boy. It’s certainly a throwback to season 3 to see Sylvia Prado, Miguel Prado’s wife, back in the picture; when asking why he’s moving so suddenly, Dexter can only answer “Too many memories.” This reminds us that Dexter has too many skeletons in the closet … rather, slides in the (figurative) air conditioning unit, that could come back to bite him in the ass if he is not careful (did you see Dexter gaze sentimentally at the air conditioning unit where he kept his slide box?). Moving to Argentina will allow him a fresh start.
Angel’s send-off was surprisingly emotional – not just for us, but for Dexter as well. There was a marked quiver in his voice when he said that he’d miss everyone at Miami Metro. This is certainly unlike the pre-season 7 Dexter. As I’ve said before, Dexter has certainly changed, but it is becoming increasingly more apparent in this final season. His most recent kills have been nothing like what we have grown accustomed to: no plastic sheeting, trash bags, apron, or spatter helmet. His needs are changing, and his Dark Passenger is receding as his need for survival and preservation is trumping all else. I am reminded of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: at the most basic level are physiological needs (breathing, food, water, sleep). Those are met – those come before Dexter’s Dark Passenger, as we see in the intro. Dexter eats well. These needs are at the bottom of the pyramid, making them the most basic, but most important. If these needs are not met, all other concerns go out the window. At the next level is safety, encompassing the security of body, employment, resources, morality, family, health, and property. At this stage in the game, Dexter’s safety (of his family – meaning Hannah) has finally taken priority over his Dark Passenger, meaning the Dark Passenger is higher up in the pyramid than his physiological needs and need for safety. This is not to say that his concerns of safety are newly emerged. His Code is basically the second level of Maslow’s Hierarchy. The difference is the fact that family is now factored into the equation. Harry asks Dexter: “What happens when you get to Argentina?”, to which he responds: “I don’t know.” If they do make it out of the country, I have a sneaking suspicion that once Dexter’s intense, passionate love for Hannah starts to die down, as does love with age and the passing of time, that the Dark Passenger will rise again, as will his need to kill and perpetuate the lifestyle in which he adapted as a teenager. For now, Harry leaves because he is no longer needed, and this send-off is even sadder than the one from Miami Metro, in my opinion. It marks the end of an era – the end of Dexter’s immediate connection to his roots (not to mention he’s leaving Deb behind, too).
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With this in mind, it makes sense that Dexter has resorted to using any and all available resources to capture and get rid of Oliver Saxon because “there’s no time to [waste].” Dexter doesn’t even care of Saxon dies by his hand or someone else’s. It is imperative to keep in mind that Dexter is not satiating is Dark Passenger; rather, he is dealing with the issue. When Debra questions whether or not he wants Saxon for himself, Dexter says that he “just want[s] him taken care of,” which is “new coming from [Dexter].” The fact that the ritual no longer makes him happy, that it is more of a bother and a time-waster than a ceremonious experience speaks to the fact that his needs have changed. Although I am not entirely sold on the idea that Dexter’s Dark Passenger could have disintegrated entirely, I do believe that he has evolved over the course of eight seasons, and forty-something years of life. “That doesn’t sound like the old Dexter,” Harry says; “Maybe I’m not the old Dexter.” It’s built into the language – it’s a given that Dexter has transformed into something different than what he once was – the “old” Dexter.
Dexter seems to be cornered: even though Miami is his home territory, Oliver is at the advantage because he has nothing to lose. Each time he shows up, it’s salt to Dexter’s wound. When in the confession room at Miami Metro, Oliver begins saying how he loves Miami and how his business, friend, and family are all close by, which draws a visible reaction from Dexter. When he shows up to his apartment, mentioning how “moving is one of the big causes of stress … almost as much as divorce and death,” you can see how Oliver takes pleasure in creating and provoking his pain. We know that he’s cruising for a bruising – both Dexter and Oliver. Oliver is the biggest opponent since the Trinity killer, Arthur Mitchell. However, Oliver does bring up a valid point: “You already had one wife murdered – that must be an interesting story. But it’s gonna put you in a very awkward position if everyone else starts disappearing from your life.” He is right, which forces Dexter to act. I have a sneaking suspicion that Dexter will take the fall for his family if all hell breaks loose and he has the opportunity to do so. I think he would rather die for everyone than see his son be orphaned, or Hannah or Deb harmed. (I’ve been pushing the 301/Unholy Trinity idea so hard that I’ve actually fully bought into it – here’s Dexter, the warped Jesus, dying for his own sins, as well as the ones everyone else was forced into.)
The Challenges of Straddling Two Worlds
Dexter’s refusal to pick one world over another (the life of the serial killer and the life of the husband/boyfriend, son, brother) has proven, time after time, to be lethal. First it was Rita, left bloodless in a tub of blood; next was Vogel, in a pool of blood of her own; we see Deb lying in a pool of blood after Saxon shoots her, following Clayton’s inadvertent assist in his escape. It seems as though Dexter is only getting the hint now that he is jeopardizing everyone he loves so long as he lives in Miami, living the way he does. It’s sure as hell a good thing that he’s moving to Miami. I would hate to see Debra die because of his indiscretion. Dexter says in his monologue: “The last time I saw my mother in a pool of blood, I was too young to do anything about it. But I am no longer a child.” We have been constantly reminded since Rita’s murder in the season 4 finale that his past is pervasive; he will never be able to fully escape his genetics, nor his birth in blood. Laura Moser, Rita Bennett, and Evelyn Vogel all shared similar fates – each cut up in various ways and their blood drained from their systems. If he is to keep the vitality in those he loves, he must remove himself from their lives, which is proving difficult to do, given all that we’ve seen this season so far.
The opening scene of this episode pictures Dexter washing Vogel’s blood from his hands, ruminating over the fact that she warned him about straddling two worlds and the fact that “she paid the price” for his missteps. Dexter seems to have wanted to make this transition only because of Hannah’s situation. I do not think that Dexter would have made such a quick transformation – the jump from the straddled life to the life in Argentina – had she not been there. Of course, other lives would still be in jeopardy, but it is the fact that Hannah could possibly be taken in again that pushes him to act. In my opinion, this is absolutely bizarre. Debra’s downward spiral should have kicked him into gear – I wanted Dexter to pick up and leave Miami with Debra and Harrison immediately following the season 7 finale, but of course there was no such luck. Dexter finally admits to us and himself that what he is isn’t “who [he] want[s] to be.”
Deb seems to finally be coming to terms with the fact that her brother is leaving, and that it is the best thing for him and Harrison, even if it means Hannah raising her nephew and cohabiting with her brother. She seems to hand off her brother and nephew to Hannah the same way in which Dexter “agrees” to allow Quinn to date his sister.
Debra has been struggling with her integrity and her own strength since the moment she walked in on her brother in the church, about to kill Travis Marshall. This struggle revealed itself with Deb’s quick down-spiral and attempt at killing both herself and Dexter; although it seemed for a while as though she had come to accept both herself and Dexter, we see in the preview for 812 that she is still doubting whether she is a good person as she’s being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. Despite the fact that during Dex and Deb’s final steak-and-beer night they had a heart-to-heart of the same nature, discussing her strength and resilience, which was meant to reassure her, Deb continues to doubt herself, which begs the question: Will she confess again to Quinn about all the things she’s done, about all the things Dexter has done? I’m not sure she will – although I’m not sure she won’t either.
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Billy pointed out that we see Debra in a white loose-fitting blouse and red over-shirt – he saw this as symbolic of the guilt, self-doubt, and secrecy she’s held in for so long finally coming out and being embraced, and the white undershirt as the good and purity radiating within her, despite all she has been through. I do agree with his interpretation, although I just saw it as a mimicking strategy of both her brother (the button-up in red) as well as Hannah McKay (the flowy whiteness that she has been trying to mock to win over her brother’s affections). The white even reminds me of the cream-and-whites that Vogel donned this entire season. With this said, Debra is not afraid to get her hands dirty anymore. She reassures Dexter that if she gets Saxon, she won’t be “handing him over to [Dexter].” This kill is personal, to both Dexter and Debra, but Dexter’s sudden epiphany about being freed from his Dark Passenger gets in the way of the two of them accomplishing that goal. The vitality has returned to Debra Morgan finally, as is evidenced by this response, because she is back in Miami Metro where she belongs – it’s her “home.”
Speaking of vitality – there is another kind of healthy glow in Debra Morgan’s cheeks, and his name is Joey Quinn. I just want to bring up the ring-in-the-top-drawer moment only for this reason: Quinn knows Debra so well – last week, I pointed out how he made the keen observation about Deb’s face (and how it turns red) when she gets mad – this week, Quinn assumes that she’s looking for his stash of Thin Mints (because he’s also assuming that she’ll be stressed about having to catch up on so much when getting back to work at Miami Metro). This is a small detail that I haven’t forgotten over the seasons of Dexter. I cannot recall which season it was, but it was one of the very few times when Deb and LaGuerta actually were getting along. They were in the break area of Miami Metro and LaGuerta was asking her about how she copes with certain things, and she commented on how she eats a lot of frozen Thin Mints when she’s stressed. If the ring is any indication of Joey’s pining for Debra, the Thin Mints are the icing on the cake – it seems as though he stocked up on them just for Deb, or he’s had them for the few months that she wasn’t in the office. Although this does not satisfy those who were unhappy with the hasty revelation that Debra still had feelings for Dexter, it does reinforce the fact that Quinn has been, and would have continued, waiting for Deb to come back into his life.
My friend, the lovely Maria B., brought to my attention that the red v. green theme appears in several works of literature – lucky for me, I found this red v. green when Dexter first scopes out the abandoned hospital that Oliver Saxon has been using. The colors in this entire sequence, from Dexter walking outside of to entering the building, was just fantastic color-wise. We see the abandoned building from an angle – the longest street-side of the building highlighted in green, and the other side highlighted in red. Maria listed these fabulous examples to me to validate this observation: Thor (red cape) v. Loki (green costume); Spiderman v. Green Lantern; Superman (red cape) v. Lex Luther (green armor); Gryffindor v. Slytherin; “Expelliarmus” (red light emitted) v. “Avada Kedavra”(green light emitted) (these are the go-to spells of Harry and Voldemort, conveniently); Sir Gawain (red attire) v. the Green Knight; Star Wars has a slight twist: Jedis with green and blue light sabers v. Sith with red light sabers.
The obvious opposition in this scene is Oliver Saxon v. Dexter. Because Dexter is wearing a green shirt, I want to categorize him with the “greens,” which would make him evil; however, he is the blood guy, which suggests that he straddles the good v. evil line – he is certainly a good character in many respects, but also “bad” in the sense that he is a serial killer (which is generally frowned upon in society outside of the fictional world). This relates back to the straddling-two-worlds point. Dexter wants to be good – but he still straddles; his morals and the Code keep him on the line, and he has walked the line for several years now.
To circle back to the opposition of Oliver v. Dexter – we are hit in the face with it once again, both in lighting and in wardrobe choices. When Oliver pays Dexter a visit, under the cover of a prospective buyer for his apartment, Dexter is clothed in black, located in the shadow of his apartment, and Oliver is clothed in white, the light from the window like a halo over his head. This is interesting considering the fact that Oliver was clothed in black and in the shadows in Vogel’s home in 810. Perhaps this is to remind us that Vogel is his biological mother, or at least of the familial connection. Perhaps this angelic appearance has something to do with the offer that he is laying out on the table for Dexter – “Walk away. We go our separate ways. Go on with your life or come after me. Choose poorly, like Mom, and you will lose. You have a lot more to lose than I do.” Saxon’s offer seems like a God-send, but Dexter takes this as a “veiled threat,” as is believable, judging by how he has become the guard dog for the Morgans and those whom he loves. Of course Oliver does move out of the light to level with Dexter in the shadow of his apartment. (I’m surprised that Saxon offered to buy Dexter’s apartment rather than his boat. I think the Slice of Life is more suited for Oliver than the guy worried about the size of the boat’s beer cooler.)
When Dexter enters into what he calls Oliver’s “Sanitarium,” we are overwhelmed by the blue of the Sanitarium, which is strange, considering I cannot figure out where the lighting is coming from. It looks like a scene right out of a horror film. The blue does echo the blue of Dexter’s apartment when he and Debra double-team Saxon and take him down (cue: Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blue”). I’m not all too sure what the blue represents other than the fact that it is a third-party force (like the Star Wars analogy). It seems to be the turf on which the green and red duel – Dexter trespasses on Saxon’s turf, as does Saxon when he breaks into Dexter’s apartment to come after him (recall that he broke into Dexter’s apartment to dump Zach Hamilton’s (yes, I am finally aware that I’ve been spelling his name wrong this entire time – thank you, close up of the file on Saxon’s laptop) body. Dexter invades the Sanitarium once again when he straps Oliver into his own chair. The moment when he should have killed Saxon (but couldn’t because there is still the season finale left).
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Reflections and Bookends
There is a strange similarity between the styling of hair and scruff on both Dexter and Oliver Saxon – although there are not that many ways in which men can style their hair, this look struck me when Oliver and Dexter stood in Dex’s apartment together. The back-and-forth provided a comparison, as if the two were brothers – and in a way, they are. They are the same “Mother.” Speaking of brothers – we began Dexter with brothers and sibling rivalry – Brian “Biney” Moser (alias Rudy Cooper) tried to make Dexter choose him, a blood sibling, over Debra, his adopted sibling. Their mother, Laura Moser, and her death shaped their relationship with the world as well as each other. It is because of what they witnessed that the two have issues coping with and/or controlling blood – both their own and others’. Their genetics also made them into the psychopaths they are/were. The startling truth about their mother brought them together, but is also what split them apart, leading to Brian’s death. Here we are now, Oliver providing his “brother” with an ultimatum, and a face-off. Will he choose his spiritual brother and “walk away” or will he choose his biological, chosen family and kill Oliver? Evelyn, the shared mother in this instance, drove them together. Now that Evelyn is out of the picture, they are at odds, just as Brian and Dexter were.
Both brother pairings deal with issues of parentage and upbringing: Brian and Oliver both embraced the standard view of psychopaths – they kill because they want to, without standards and without stooping to anyone’s rules. Whereas Brian tried to get Dexter to cross over into the lifestyle of the typical psychopath, tempting him to kill his own sister, Oliver begged Evelyn to teach him how to function in society and still be what he is, just like Dexter. Although this seems to be a great complimentary bookend – we are informed by the man who’s buying Dexter’s boat that Tropical Storm Laura is heading into Miami. This indubitably is meant to remind us of Laura Moser, Dexter’s birth mother. She is the storm that created what he is, and could very well be the storm that ends all that he is. Laura Moser: the be-all and end-all of Dexter Morgan. Billy suggested that the hurricane could be simply a baptism into a life without the Dark Passenger in it, or at least a reminder of Dexter’s origins. He also reminded me that we do see a clip of the rain soaking into Dexter’s skin and clothes that appears like blood – it’s another blood bath. A rebirth? A reminder of his origins? We shall see! (The monologue will be telling.)
Despite the differences, each instance stresses the importance of family, lineage, and bloodline. Brian wants Dexter to choose him over Debra; Oliver wants Evelyn to choose him over Dexter. Of course spiritual and adopted relationships win over simply because blood is not everything, just as Dexter is coming to learn as he evolves into the man he is today – somewhere between psychopath and typical human being.
Speaking of blood – It seems as though the women of Dexter are destined to continue winding up in pools of blood, which shape and break Dexter Morgan: Laura Moser, Rita Bennett, Vogel, and now Debra. Thankfully Debra is not dead. Yet. She’s back on the job one day and she’s already been shot, though. She’s got a matching bullet wound in her other side now. What a nice bookend for Debra Morgan.
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Returning to the idea of family: Matthews approaches both Dexter and Debra as a father would: “Harry would’ve been proud of the two of you.” He is a father figure to them, undoubtedly. If we consider what was posed in last week’s treatment for just a moment, the idea of Matthews and Vogel being romantically involved and/or married at one point, although I ruled these things to be impossible or unlikely, it is likely that Matthews and Vogel are meant to represent the spiritual father and mother of the Morgan siblings. This would connect them without having them actually be in relationships with each other. My suspicions seem to be confirmed with how Matthews acted after Vogel’s memorial service and then later at Papa’s. If he had been romantically involved, he would be more torn up and less business-y and up-right about the whole thing. That is, of course, if he’s not a psychopath himself (what a plot twist that would be!). I have a feeling that Vogel’s memorial service is the bookend for this season, complimenting LaGuerta’s memorial service, although I do have a feeling that we will be witnessing the funeral and/or memorial of Debra Morgan this Sunday (Jennifer Carpenter has expressed that the only way that she could be fully content with the ending of the series is if her character dies – she cares about Debra too much and would wonder “what if” if she did live. In recent interviews, she has expressed how content she is with the series’ end, which leads me to this conclusion).
We are constantly reminded of the dualities in Dexter’s life, as well as the gray spaces in between, whether we are discussing good v. evil, man v. monster, psychopath v. typical empathetic human being, serial killer v. common man. The two doors in Dexter’s office pull him in opposite directions depending upon where the people are. This never captured my attention until this episode when Masuka popped into one door, and then Niki into the other just moments later. This draws attention to the double life and how Dexter is straddling the one in which he is currently living.
We see Deb moving back into the desk she inhabited for season 1-5 (or was it 1-6? I’m losing track).
In either 802 or 803, our introductory monologue expresses how much Dexter loves Miami, especially since it “produces more dead bodies than sunburns.” Now we have Oliver gushing over the same things: “I love the Cuban food, nice weather, murder rate at about 20%.” Other than the fact that this is a bookend, Dexter says that he once felt the same way about Miami. Oliver points out that it sounds like “somebody’s changed,” to which Dexter responds: “It has” (emphasis added). I rewound and listened to this sound bit several times, because I thought I was mistaken. It seems as though Dexter believes his Dark Passenger, the “it,” has changed rather than he has, which is an interesting view coming from Oliver, the supposed psychopath, and Dexter, the supposed “man.” I would think they would hold opposite views, given their current situations and how the audience views both of their characters. Dexter realizes that he does not need to kill Oliver, confirming that his needs have changed, but he does say that he will see to it that Saxon dies by the electric chair. When talking about the fate of Dexter with my friend Lindsay B., she said that she thinks we will see Dexter in the electric chair in the final scene of the series. I think it would be a really riveting ending, but I am not sure if that is what the writers will be going for.
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The introduction sequence to Dexter has been the same since day 1 (with the exception of the season 4’s premiere, which I love to death). It is interesting that we end with Dexter leaving the apartment the same way in which the opening credits end, but with little Harrison trailing behind him. Could this be indicative of Dexter’s legacy, both in the world of entertainment as well as in Miami and through his genetics? I think both are accurate.
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Dexter: A Comedy
- Debra: “You should go on one of those cooking shows … you know the competition ones. You’d win.”
- Hannah: “Oh, I’d make sure that I did.”
- Masuka: “I could go for some hookers and some blow right now, but since this isn’t the ‘90s, caffeine it is.”
- Debra: “Well she needs to get her fuckin’ eyes checked because I haven’t been blonde since … a very bad freshman year.”
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- Dexter: “You went out of your way to kill your mother in front of me and you just expect me to forget?”
- Oliver: “It may’ve been a little over the top.”
(Here is also the black and white/shadow and light comparison I made earlier.)
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- Dexter: “This is just for right now. It’s not forever.”
- Debra: “I know that, fuckface.”
- Dexter: “If [Oliver] wants to take a last stab at me, he has to do it tonight.”
Dexter’s ending monologue conveys his optimism for his future with Hannah and his ability to escape the country unscathed, despite all of the opposition he will face (Elway, Hurricane Laura, Deb being in the hospital, Saxon): “I used to live by night in the shadow of my Dark Passenger. I lived in shadows for so long until the dark became my world. The people in my life flipped on a light. At first I was blinded it was so bright. But over the years my eyes adjusted. I could see and now what is in focus is my future. Bright. Brighter than it’s ever been.” Although Dexter has high hopes, I do not. The storm is coming, as Elway keeps reminding us, and I don’t think anyone is going to get out alive (except for Harrison. You can’t kill the kid!).
I would absolutely love it if we discover that Matthews has been in on Dexter’s secret this entire time. I truly believe that he has been involved in enough sketchy practices that this would not be such a far-fetched concept. Matthews does seem to keep his eye out for Dexter and Debra, as if stepping in where Harry left off. Do you recall when Matthews refused to see LaGuerta’s claims through of Dexter’s suspicious activity? And also his own run-in with leaving the scene of a crime? And how protective he was over the Hamilton family? What about his knowledge of Vogel’s son’s death? I would really like to see that this is true – not only to be right about something for once in my life, but because it seems right. It will probably enrage many of you, though, if this is true.
I believe Debra Morgan will die. I do not want to see her have to endure a world without Dexter, especially if he is removed from her life by the electric chair or put in jail. When Dexter called up Debra so that she could be the “hero of Miami Metro” for finding Oliver Saxon, that was a huge red flag for me. LaGuerta was viewed as a hero for going against Estrada in a supposed “battle” in that shipping container. I have a feeling that Debra is going to die a hero, too.
Dexter says that he will leave the knives in the hospital for evidence when they were supposed to find Saxon; however, the situation did not go down as originally planned. I have the worst feeling that somebody is going to find these knives and draw them back to Dexter Morgan.
I think Miami Metro will be suddenly clued into Dexter and Debra’s suspicious activity. I have a feeling that Masuka’s daughter, Niki, will have something to do with that. Lindsay thought so as well.
Clayton was shaping up to be a huge threat to the Morgans, but we know for sure that Elway is going to take on the torch and continue on in his search for Hannah McKay all because he is in pursuit of money.
Oliver is still on the loose. We cannot forget that he is still a loose end and that he will be going after Debra, Hannah, and Harrison with the strongest vengeance possible. I don’t think Quinn will leave Deb’s side much, but I do think she will be the first one that Oliver goes after – if the beginning of the series is anything to judge by, I have a feeling that she will be the number-one target. I don’t know if Oliver will kill Harrison, but he may take out Hannah, too. All I know is – this last episode is going to be one huge bloodbath.
We know that Dexter ends up in the hospital somehow for long enough to ram Elway into the wall and be all macho about protecting Debra and Hannah. I have a feeling that the plane will never even leave the ground because of Hurricane Laura (we know that it develops into a Hurricane because of the previews). Laura Moser – the genetics of Dexter Morgan – chained Dexter to his Dark Passenger and his past. Hurricane Laura will continue to chain him to his past and to Miami. I just checked out the etymology of the name “Laura” – it is related to laurels, or the “victor’s garlands.” Laura is bound to trump Dexter and his efforts. Always has and always will.
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When all is said and done, I have a feeling that our little Harrison Morgan will be left as an orphan – perhaps he will be sent to live with Paul Bennett’s parents with Astor and Cody. If Deb is going to die, and if Dexter is going to either be locked up or imprisoned, Hannah is certainly going with him. I think Harrison will be left in the mess of blood, all by himself, to fend for himself, just as this entire journey started out for Dexter.
I really hope the final episode does not come down to a giant court hearing or story within a story, as is the frame of The Reader or perhaps the entire premise of The Canterbury Tales. When first considering what I would like to happen to Dexter, I thought I wanted Dexter to go to jail or die for what he had done: it’s wrong, right? Upon a serious reflection, I do not want Dexter to die, even though I think that he has done so much that it has to catch up with him somewhere, in some shape or form. If I had to take an educated guess as to what Dexter Morgan’s fate will be, I would have to say that I think that Miami Metro is going to find out – whether it be Quinn or Batista. I think it is going to be by someone who will hit close to home with all of us. There was a scene in the 810-811-812 combo preview that leads me to believe that either Quinn or Angel will find Dexter stalking after someone in the hospital. I do not think that Dexter is going to get out of this neatly.
As for Hannah, I’m not sure. I’m mainly worried about the Morgans: Dexter, Debra, Harrison. Hannah is just a casualty at this point in time. It’s her fault that any of these disasters are happening. If she dies, I have a feeling that Dexter might become a full-on Brian or Oliver. If Harrison dies, I think the same thing. If Debra dies and Dexter lives to see that day, I think he will lose the Dark Passenger all together and become super human.
And now to put a “number” on this episode. Dexterity (neat-handedness, puns, trickery, clever sayings, placements, etc.) will judge all of the small things that I pick up on. The higher the score, the more fun I had picking apart the episode for hidden clues. Entertainment (how much I laughed and enjoyed the episode) will judge how excited I was on average throughout the episode, as well as after it for the upcoming episodes. Xtremity (how dramatic, but also how believable the episode was, edge-of-the-seat, white knuckles, the “holy shit” factor) will judge just how jaw-dropping the episode was. This is my rating, or as I like to call it, the “DEX-factor.”
Simply because Dexter said Oliver was going to take a “stab” at him, which so cleanly mirrors our tagline.
Deb got shot – Clayton’s dead – and Oliver Saxon is roaming free!
Because this entire season has been one giant whirlwind of “WTFs” and “what the hell just happened?” moments.