Dexter: One Last Kill

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I must admit my head is still processing everything I just witnessed.  If you were looking for high emotions the #Dexter finale did not disappoint.

In the end, it was very fitting ending for Dexter.  Although we all root for our favorite serial killer his story was never meant to be a feel good story with a happy ending.

Before I even try to process the emotions and feelings I have over the final scenes, I can’t help but think one major series of events that happened that will ultimately be forgotten due to the final scenes.

Dexter killed Saxon in the police station and was FILMED doing it.  Batista and Quinn both sat and watched the footage with Dexter as he explained the series of events that were ruled “self defense.”  Although Dexter set it up so in fact it would come off as self defense this was the first time anyone in Miami Metro witnessed Dexter killing someone (aside from Debra) and he did it in the police station of all places.  Brilliant!  I keep coming back to this part of the show for some reason.  Maybe it was the epic line “I’m going to kill you with that pen.”

In the end, the episode and series came down to the primary relationship all along – Dexter and Debra Morgan.  Other characters have played important roles in both their lives, whether it be their father, Harrison, their co-workers, relationships and so on but for all 8 seasons there has been one force driving the story line and it is the brother / sister relationship.

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Debra suffered a gun shot wound at the hands of Saxon in episode 11.  After being rushed into surgery it appeared that she was going to recover and be fine.  She and Dexter discussed his leaving one last time ultimately not knowing it would be their final conversation.  A blood clot created complications that resulted in Debra being placed on life support with only a “miracle” chance of survival.

It is very poetic that Dexter’s final kill be taking Debra off life support.  I can’t even find the words to write a sentence that expresses the pure raw emotion at work during that sequence of events.  At which point afterwards Dexter did what he always does with his victims bodies and provided Debra with a burial at sea.  Even though Dexter loved Debra and her death came from a place of love rather than Dexter’s “dark passenger” their journey still concluded with Debra being a victim of her brother.

As always after each sea burial Dexter takes time to reflect on his actions.  His season 8 nemesis Saxon ultimately made Dexter realize he can not have it all and he isn’t meant to have the story book ending.  Dexter was responsible for the death of his sister and so many other innocent people and he now finally accepts that none of his remaining loved ones are safe as long as he is alive.  “I destroy everyone I love. I can’t let that happen to Hannah, to Harrison,” Dexter voice-overs. “I have to protect them – from me.”

…And he rides off into the hurricane with only the shattered fragments of his boat “The Slice of Life” found in the next days.  THE END!

Most fans reaction felt that would have been nice closure on the series.  But in true television fashion, the writers provided a twist to spark conversation and controversy.

The show fast forwards down the road to find Dexter alone driving a log truck essentially living in solitary confinement away from the world and ends with one last Dexter evil smirk directly into the camera.  One last screen shot of his dark passenger.

And I LOVED IT.  For me, Dexter dying would have been too easy.  Dexter living happily ever after in Argentina with Hannah and Harrison would have been too easy.  Debra living (although I was pulling for this) would have been too easy.

I love the fact that Dexter finally accepted what he always knew, that none of his loved ones are safe with him in the picture.  Yes the writers could have made Dexter’s last kill be himself.  But I love the fact knowing he has to live with the pain knowing Debra was the last person that died by his hand.  (That we see at least)

Death would have been the easy way out.

Bravo Dexter and thanks for 8 intense seasons!

Dexter

Dexter is an American television drama broadcast on the premium cable channel Showtime since October 1, 2006.[1] The series is based on characters created by Jeff Lindsay for his “Dexter” series of novels. The series follows the life of Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a Miami Metro Police Department blood pattern analyst with a double life.[2] While investigating murders in the homicide division, Dexter hunts and kills murderers and criminals who have escaped the justice system.[

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7 Responses to Dexter: One Last Kill

  1. Nice I agree I LOVED the line; “I am going to kill you with this pen,” just one last kill to remind everyone how TRULY badass dexter is. This also kind of feels like a satisfying way of sharing the real Dexter with Batista and Quinn (etc). I do not really like the idea of them hating him for killing Laquarta and everything, so naturaly I like the idea of them always looking back at that tape and perhaps seeing a piece of what dokes always saw..

  2. Jared says:

    I find interesting that the writers ended the series the way they did, especially knowing that most people would hate it. Maybe it took too much thought of courage to do it, and since the beginning we were warned with the premise that one cannot be a killer and live at peace.
    Now, I should go and read the books, and expect a different ending

    • The show’s first season was largely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004) by Jeff Lindsay. However, subsequent seasons have evolved independently of Lindsay’s works. The show writers didn’t feel the additional books would translate well to television. I haven’t read the books either, however if they provided the first season and basis for the series I imagine they must be pretty entertaining.

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