Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If I had written the last episode of Dexter...

So I finally watched the Dexter SERIES finale!  I can't believe it's over.  Overall I thought Dexter was a really great show (with a few odd seasons in there) and how they upped the stakes every season when I thought they couldn't top the previous one.  But I did have a few reservations about the ending.

You should probably stop here if you haven't watched it yet.  Since this is about how I would write it, the ending will be spoiled if you haven't watched it.

Carry on...

While I liked the changes that Dexter went through over many so many series, becoming more and more humanized, he kind-of reverted back to what he was at the end.  I can understand how he feels like he's a monster because what happened to Deb was his fault, but I think they needed to take it further. I think Deb dying was okay (not necessary, but I understand they needed something to trigger Dexter's regression and his pain), but I really think Dexter should have died.  He did, in fact, kill many many people.  I don't think him committing suicide would do him justice, because then he still dies of his own hand and has control.  I think that police should've killed him and maybe by accident.

This would mean that the "good" side actually wins, and Dexter pays for everything that he's done, but not in a malicious way, just by accident.  I think it would balance everything out.  I don't think they need to find out what Dexter is, but it would've been so much better than him faking his own death, leaving his son with Hannah and him living as a tree-cutter or whatever.  Yes, I understand he's miserable, so maybe he does "get what's coming to him" but the point of this show was to push the boundaries.

I don't know.  To me, it just seemed lack luster, and with a show like Dexter, I'd rather it go out with a bang.

What did you think of the ending?  How would you have changed it if you were the writer?


  1. {there are SPOILERS in this comment, people} I was underwhelmed by the ending. It got oddly melodramatic, and I thought the way that Deb died was a disservice to her character.

    Dexter the character started to bore me over the years as he became more human. I didn't really believe the changes, not when he was so detached in the first season (he enjoyed dating Rita because she was emotionally detached and didn't want to have sex...but then he was aalllll over Hannah).

    For me, Deb was the most interesting character by the end and had the most hardships (I mean, finding out your big brother, who you worship, is a killer who has actually hidden evidence from you and your coworkers so he can get the kill himself...that's messed up.) I don't necessarily have a problem with her dying at the end, but I think she should have died in a better way. Her death was all about Dexter and not at all about her. We didn't get to see it happen. The point was Dexter's reaction to it.

    Also, there were just so many moments in the last two episodes where I had to suspend disbelief but couldn't really. In the second to last episode, there were multiple "hushed" conversations taking place right next to people who could easily hear. In the last episode, Dexter wheeled Deb out of the hospital and carried her corpse to his boat! Were we supposed to believe that the hurricane distracted everyone THAT much? Come on.

    Ooops...this turned into a long comment. Rant over. My overall thought on the series is that I will one day rewatch seasons 1 and 4 but skip the rest.

    1. I agree that if they were going to kill Deb it should've been in a better way. It seemed a little forced, like she had to die in order for Dexter to change and in order for life to be hard for him. It wasn't about her.

      The part when he carried her out on the boat was ridiculous! But by that part I think I'd already checked out of the episode, lol.