Page 266/365 : Dexter : The Finale

OK…if you haven’t seen the finale of Dexter season 8, the final episode EVER of the show, then do not read this blog entry. It contains massively huge spoilers from the finale and it will ruin things for you.

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So here we are and the Season finale of Dexter has arrived and been watched. The last ever episode, following the final exploits of everyone’s favourite serial killer.

Over the eight seasons of Dexter, there’s been many ups and downs. There’s been a couple of seasons that just weren’t up to the mark of the others, but then some absolutely stunning ones too. For me, Season 4 with John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer is by far the greatest.

So everything comes to an end…and what an ending it was…what a SHIT ending!

I have never been as disappointed with a season finale as I was with this one single episode. In the last few, everything has been building up. Vogel was killed by her son, Saxon, Debs took a bullet to the guy, the Personal Investigator was hot on the trail of Hannah, and Dexter was torn between his old life and his new.

So on we go with the finale. Debs has surgery and is seemingly OK. Dexter causes a bomb scare at the airport to stop the PI getting to Hannah. He then ships Hannah and Harrison off to Argentina. Saxon attempts to kill Debs but is intercepted by Miami Metro.

And then it all just starts to go a little wrong and the decent writing of the last 8 years goes straight out of the window.

Debs takes a turn for the worse and ends up in a coma after a stroke from a blood clot. Fair enough.

Dexter manages to get himself alone with Saxon (a guy who has just shot his sister) in the middle of a crowded police station. He then taunts Saxon into attacking him before killing him with a pen. When questioned, it’s just dismissed as self-defence and Dexter is sent on his way. It was at this point that everything just started to feel a little weak. There’s no way he’s be let go…

Then with a storm approaching, Dexter goes to the hospital and turns Debs’ machine off…without anyone realising. Then in the madness of a hospital evacuation thanks to the storm, Dexter manages to take his now-dead sister out of the hospital and onto his boat. He drives off into the storm before dumping Debs over the side and heading off into the storm.

We then see a wrecked boat and everyone thinking Dex is dead (no-one even mentions that Harrison is obviously missing too).

But oh, what’s this? A lumberjack yard and Dexter shows up? What the fuck?

No big send off, no reuniting with Hannah and his son, he just goes on with his life and had escaped to Oregon. Is he still a killer? Has anything changed?

Why the fuck did it end like that? Absolutely no closure. In fact, the whole season seemed disjointed by the end. Why bring Misuka’s daughter into it only for her to not really offer anything to the story for example?

For me, the best ending would have been Dexter turning off the machine then getting arrested, or Dexter being killed, but the ending we were treated to just seemed a massive cop out of the highest order.

Poor doesn’t quite say it enough.

The writers let us down with the final twist of the knife!

This is how I would have ended it :

Dexter goes to hospital and stands over Debs. As he does, Angel is watching the videos of Saxon’s killings. One video is different. Saxon sat talking to the camera, telling the police EVERYTHING about Dexter with files from his mum etc. Angel realised Dexter has done everything over the years. Dexter says something like “my final kill” and turns Debs’ machine off. He walks outside and Angel, Misuka, Quinn etc are there and they put him in a police car.

Dammit!

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One Response to Page 266/365 : Dexter : The Finale

  1. I didn’t like the end at first until I let it set in. I thought it was beautiful, haunting, and very well done. I also like your idea, but expect for season 2 and 7,the show was never about Dexter getting caught, it was about him dealing with his urge to kill and his relationships with people

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