Dexter Series Finale Review: The End, Apparently

By Cory Barker

Sep 23, 2013

Dexter S08E12: "Remember the Monsters?"


It's kind of fitting that it ended this way. For a long time (dating back to the third season), I've wondered whether Dexter was actually a good show. I've certainly enjoyed individual moments and even full episodes, but since the end of Season 2, there's been that sinking feeling that the series wasn't what we thought—or hoped—it would be. Every single time that the show would rope me back in with a fascinating story, be it Trinity or Dexter's relationship with Lumen or most of Season 7, something would go wrong and I'd remember, "Oh yeah, it's Dexter." I don't want to say that this eight-year journey wasn't worth it, but after "Remember the Monsters?" ended (and I stopped laughing), I felt that feeling again. Oh yeah, that was Dexter

Frankly, the series finale could have been much worse. The good news is that the oft-mentioned Reddit "leaked" spoilers weren't true, for the most part. Quinn did not randomly become a serial killer-in-training and Dexter, Hannah, and Harrison didn't get to live happily ever after with no consequences. The bad news is that what actually occurred wasn't that much different or better than that possible ending. Deb did in fact die from complications from her gunshot wound—quite suddenly, I might add—but Dexter, not Quinn, took care of Saxon, like he probably should have two episodes ago. And although Dexter, Hannah, and Harrison did get their butts out of Miami, and in ridiculously stupid ways, they are separated and generally unhappy. 

So Dexter didn't get his happy ending, which is what I feared would happen for so much of this season. Yet at the same time, he didn't totally have to face the music either. Deb died—and Dexter was somehow able to take her off life support, wheel her out of the hospital, and put her in a boat during hurricane conditions because obviously—but it's not as though Dexter had to admit any substantive wrongdoing to anyone other than her lifeless body, and to himself, I guess. In fact, Deb actually absolved him of any wrongdoing, repeatedly. It's nice that he recognized that he didn't deserve to have a 'normal' life, and that his actions negatively impact everyone around him, particularly in light of last week's random TRUE LOVE IS THE ELIXIR nonsense, but c'mon. Where this ended doesn't really line up with much of anything that happened this season, does it? If anything, a really stupid happy ending would've tracked, at least somewhat, with all the empty conversations Dexter had with Vogel about how special he was for loving, or something. Instead, he experienced a last-minute change of heart, and one that's a little more consistent with the character in the series' total run, but one that was mostly empty in light of the last 11 episodes. The show was so far gone by the time the series finale rolled around that no path would've worked particularly well, so I guess we can appreciate that the writers kind of tried to rectify their mistakes in this final hour. 

Still, they still couldn't help themselves. Just when it seemed like Dexter would do the half-assed noble thing and just kill himself by driving a boat with too small a beer cooler into a full-blown hurricane, he apparently lived—and lived just so he could log. Don't get me wrong, Michael C. Hall pulls off the beard-and-flannel look quite well, but huh? Deb died, Harrison is with a woman who will be a fugitive the rest of her life, and he's just going to Brawny Man it up in the Pacific Northwest or something? But this is how the show has always worked, ever since that wobbly ending to Season 2. Dexter might suffer, but it's always temporary, and he'll never pay with his life. Others will, and he can spout off about consequences, but he still gets to survive. That tells us all we need to know about how the writers view the character, and what they think he deserves. That final ending felt like something that another production might film just in case, only to realize that they didn't need it. But not this show; they can't let go of the chance to let the 'hero' kill some more bad people and be sort of disappointed and affected by all the awful things he's done.


For Deb, this was probably the ending we all knew was coming, even if it was the one we didn't want to face. Her death could have truly meant something—you know, if it'd forced Dexter into a darker or more honest instead of inspiring him to adopt new grooming habits and abandon his son—but instead she ended up at the bottom of the ocean. There was something fitting about Deb being Dexter's final body dump, which made that scene the strongest moment in the entire episode. But even disassociated from the very odd way the season progressed after Deb drove Dexter off the bridge and tried to kill him, Deb's role in the final episode was kind of weird. We expect the show to pull the rug out from under us when a character's in the hospital, but Deb was shockingly healthy—I think the doctor even reinforced her confidence in the recovery—only to almost immediately fall victim to a stroke and be hooked up to life support, all off-screen. Deb was the character who grew the most during the series' run, and she was the true heart and soul of the series. Once the writers lost the thread with her this season, Dexter never recovered. Her death wasn't not emotional, but it didn't have the weight it deserved. Jennifer Carpenter did her best, and she and Michael C. Hall shared some fine moments in this final season, but her crowning achievements on the show happened last year. 

Across the board, the finale felt pretty matter-of-fact. Saxon, never a compelling or intimidating threat, beat up The Killing and Boardwalk Empire's Eric Ladin and then almost immediately got arrested. Dexter taking him out was about as a boilerplate as the show gets, though it did manage to squeeze a nice moment out of Dexter, Quinn, and Batista watching Dexter kill Saxon on tape. All three of actors did good work in that scene, with Desmond Harrington portraying Quinn's pleasure with just the righ amount of glee and David Zayas working through the confusion of the moment quite methodically as well. Honestly, this was probably Zayas's best work since like Season 4 or something; that's what happens when you give solid actors interesting things to do. Even the flow of the episode lacked complete urgency, hurricane or not. In one 10-12 minute sequence, Dexter left the airport, visited Deb in the hospital, went to the hotel with Hannah and Harrison, accompanied them the bus stop to say goodbye, then returned to the hospital. Along the way, he seemed about as concerned as he'd be chasing a gang-banger through the mall. So very little emotion or energy, pacing-wise, which is again pretty evocative of Season 8 as a whole. 


Ultimately, "Remember the Monsters?" isn't really a divisive finale. The people who really, really love Dexter probably enjoyed this episode. There weren't any big twists, there were a few good individual moments, and sure, Dexter faced some substantive consequences with Deb's death. For those of us who've been disappointed with the final season, the series finale didn't take the show down any further into the depths of awful television. So much of the show's swan song was so boring and devoid of urgency, and this finale was mostly the same, with a slight uptick in quality. It was entirely mediocre: typically dumb in spots, but not Season 6 levels of dumb, or even as bad as last week's penultimate episode. People won't be angrily tweeting about it in five years, because it just didn't have any impact at all.

It's too early to solidify the series' legacy, for sure. But I do think we'll probably look back in a decade and be confused about how much we talked or cared about this show. Time isn't going to be kind to it, and that hasn't very little to do with this finale. It was a decent, regularly frustrating series with a few great performances to keep it from sinking. Dexter will likely be remembered more for what it did for Showtime as network, and for Michael C. Hall's performance, than for anything else. And that's okay. Not every show is capital-G Great, and now that it's over, we can all admit that Dexter wasn't. 



ONE LAST DRIP

– Absolutely no Masuka this week, so apparently that story with his daughter did, in fact, go nowhere. Do you think they made it out of Miami during the hurricane, or did they just smoke a bowl together and do something really awkward? How did he not even appear in the finale? [UPDATE: Masuka appeared briefly, and I forgot. Whoops.)

– Nobody else learned Dexter's secret, which reminds me that overall, my finale predictions weren't too far off. I went 4/6, if we're assuming that the seeds for a spin-off weren't really there. I mean, Hall is not doing this anymore, right? Someone take his phone away so he can't agree to a six-episode miniseries event called Dexter: Ax Man or something. 

– But on that note, isn't the hurricane the perfect opportunity to wash up a bunch of bodies? I know the show has done that before, but if you're going to do a hurricane story and there aren't going to be any tangible consequences anyway, why not?

– I appreciate that Dexter put on his Murder Henley to drive across the extremely calm pre-hurricane water to retrieve Deb and kill her. That guy is committed to the bit. 

– Another thing that happened off-screen with very little import: Elway's death. I'm assuming Hannah just straight-up poisoned the dude on the bus, but wouldn't people have noticed that? Although people always did stupid stuff on this show, the number of CLEARLY idiotic choices this season was through the roof. [UPDATE: Apparently Hannah just tranq'd him, as commenters have pointed out. I still don't recall this scene at all, but I trust you. My apologies.]

– One last time, it needs to be said: Michael C. Hall was so good on this show. Without him, Dexter would've gone nowhere fast. He brought a lot more texture to the role than it probably even deserved.

– We've reached the end of the road. Thanks for reading my reviews of the last two seasons. What an experience it's been. 


What'd you think of the series finale? 

  • Comments (772)
Add a Comment
In reply to :
  • eazy95 Jun 23, 2014

    the ending sucked..i realize that what happened to Debra is a big shock to Dexter and that he thinks that it's his fault but he should have gone to argentina with harrison and hannah and try to start a new life and maybe try to redeem himself for everything he's done...at least that's how i pictured it when he threw Debra's body into the ocean

  • Solitudemn May 23, 2014

    Here is my opinion. ALSO, I will give my version of how I envisioned the show not ending, but running into a season 9.

    Season 8 was not the high point of Americas favorite serial-killer, "Dexter". That's the nicest way I can put it into words. Dexter was different. He was not like any other human being. Dexter did not see the world the same way a typical human being would. Dexter did not let a moral compass get in the way of what he knew "logically" had to be done. I think that's what we loved most about the show and the character, "Dexter Morgan", AKA "The Bay Harbour Butcher". Dexter did not view things and base his decisions on right or wrong. Why do you think Dexter, before going after his murderes, always most of the time, made ABSOLUTELY sure that the life he was going to take, met with the code that gave him the opportunity to live in the staged reality we so call "a normal life"? Also, to feed his urge to kill. Dexter ultimately liked to take human lives I think because, when he was a child, and seeing his mother chopped up by a chainsaw, sitting in a fountain of her blood... Well, his need for control was way to powerful, he can't control his urge to kill... But, That's not why Dexter is different from other human beings, though. Dexter doesn't have compassion like other humans. He does not see the world in a right or wrong perspective. He sees things logically. Dexter bases his decisions on facts, and logic. The one thing I loved about Dexter, he saw the world for what it really was. Dexter knew how things worked, how the game was played, and he took that to his advantage. I'm not saying that Dexter didn't care at all, we all know that's not true. Dexter absolutely, without a doubt, loved Deb. Remember also, Dexter loved in his own way. Dr. V was right about that. She did say that you love but in your own way and it's not like other human beings love. Although Dexters child hood did mess him up in a lot of ways, that's not what made Dexter different from anyone else. It may have made Dexter become a serial-killer, but Dexter has always been different from everyone else. He views things in a totally different perspective, and that's why Dex is not like others... Him needing to kill is a urge. The way he thinks and the fact he's different was before his mother was killed. the fact Dexter, before acting on anything, always made sure before taking action, everything met his code and he had absolute proof and facts before he took a life, showed he isn't the way he is because of his childhood. He was very intelligent and knew he had a dark blackness inside him he could not cover up or ignore, so logically knowing this, he made it work. Dexter knew the only way to make both sides work, was to take the code seriously and live by it and don't get caught. The way season 8 ended.... Let's just say, I wanted to throw up my dinner right then and there. I was absolutely appalled by what you did with Dexters character. Not even with season 8, but since after season 4, you took Dexter and who he was, cut it into pieces, wrapped it up in plastic bags, and threw it into the ocean. You missed the concept of who Dexter was. Dexter was never a normal human being. His childhood tragedy isn't the result of him being different from normal people. It made him a killer... yes, but the point is Dexter was different all a long, even before that tragedy as a child. You took his story, and changed it to Dexter could've been saved all along... Blah blah. He could've been normal... Blah blah... We shouldn't have given up so early on him... Blah blah. Save the bullshit for another show. You shit on his character.

    Now... Time for Deb.....

    My god... You took an amazing character that's been with this show since the beginning, and gave her what, 10 minutes of air-time on the very last episode of the show? You kill her off like some nit-wit that was only on the show for 1 season? I was in absolute shock. Here I thought it couldn't get any worst after what was done with Dexters character. Deb hated Hannah. When Hannah first was introduced, you better believe Deb would've never let her brother get hurt, or Harrison. She was willing to do what she had to do to keep Dexter safe. Deb knew that Hannah killed for self protection, and knew if it came down to it, Hannah would always choose herself over anyone else. Hannah M. Killed her husband for crying out loud, because he didn't want a family? PLEASE!!!! Why on earth would Debra all of a sudden accept Hannah and let her smuggle her way into Dexters life and Harrison's and then smuggle out of the country? NOT TO MENTION DEB WOULD NEVER LET HER STAY IN HER HOUSE EVER. Knowing what she's done. That's a load of shit. Debra never EVER would've accepted that. She would've done everything in her power to slam Hannah M. for what she's done and put her away for good. She would've NEVER let Hannah take Harrison out of the country, ESP without Dexter. Are you kidding me? back on Dexters end for a second:: Dexter has killed women before that've done terrible things, and that were attractive. So, tell me, how the hell is Hannah any different? What makes her worthy of a second chance? How is she any different from any of the other killers that were on Dexters table? Dexter would've never given up the one thing that's kept his life in balance, and that's the code. Hannah was a killer, and she wasn't going to stop, Dexter knowing this, would've killed her. No hesitation about it. I can see him having sex with her on the table, of course he's physically attracted, giving in to his physical desire... That's fine. Dexter though is way to intelligent to give in completely though to a physical desire, so.. The dexter we know would've killed her instantly after fulfilling his physical wants, because he knows the consequences of letting a person of that nature carry on living. Yes, he didn't see right or wrong, but he did see risk of complicating the life he worked so hard to build if he had left her alive. Dexter never let lust or physical pull get in the way of what had to be done. He protected the master-piece he worked so hard to build and never let ANYONE risk hurting that. When it comes to Deb, Dexter didn't know what love was, but with Deb, he knew unconditional love. The difference between most humans and Dexter is, Dexter loved unconditionally when he did love. I think he only had that love for Deb. No matter what Deb did, no matter what she said, even when she was scared, and threatened the walls of the double life Dex worked so hard to make possible, he never once thought about hurting her. Dex only wanted to help his sister. Always. That's unconditional love, when most humans love someone because they've molded and shaped the person they see into what they believe them to be, when Dexter sees the Deb for who she really is and loves her because of that, unconditionally. The same goes for Deb. No matter what Dexter did, she knew who Dexter was and she still loved him, unconditionally. They knew exactly who each other were. They always chose one another and that's what makes unconditional love different from being "In love". Dexter always saw things in a different light. So did Deb. She should not have died... And the way she died was poor writing on y'all's part. You based the last season on a psychopath that cuts open brains... And you let Debs character die over "The Brain Surgeon" shooting her with a gun? Really? That's just pathetic and laziness right there. Dexter and Deb deserved so much more out of their character from what you guys gave them. You turned them into the opposite of who they were.


    Now, here is my idea on how it should've played out. The only difference is Dexter dreamed Deb died... That's it.... He dreamed faking his death... But Saxton is out there still and he really did shoot Deb but everything after that... Dream.


    (Dexter finally comes to. He gasps. Having the most horrific dream he'd ever had. Losing his sister(Debra) to Saxton. His heart is racing fast. Understanding he had been blinded by physical infatuation with Hannah. Voice over:::: I've put my family, the only thing balancing my two worlds, in danger. I've been foolish. Thinking it were possible to have a functional relationship with a woman, who's willing to do anything, to keep herself safe. Even kill. Hannah poisoned her husband for not wanting a family, she's killed before and she will again. My family will never be safe. I know what I have to do...

    (Dexter then notices he's inside his car) VO:::: How did I get here? (Dexter blinks a few times, checking his surroundings. He sees he's parked at the hospital parking lot.) VO::::: "Was it not a nightmare? Is Deb really dead? Are miracles really possible for someone like me?" (Dexter opens his car door, walking in a fast pace inside the hospital. He rushes passed people, who are just a blur to his vision, when all he can think about is Deb. He needs to make sure it was a nightmare. Dexter finally approaches room 205. He looks down at the door handle, knowing he was about to discover the truth, and knowing miracles never happen, to him anyway, he prepared himself for the worst. Dexter opens the door. His heart absolutely drops. His eyes grow big, as he almost feels as if he had stopped breathing, and someone just revived him.)

    "Shouldn't you be half way around the world by now?" (Deb quietly speaks. She sits up a bit more, moaning a bit from the gun shot wound.)

    (Dexter finally snaps out of the short lived trance he was in, staring at Deb.)VO::::The nightmare I had felt as real to me as this moment. I realize who I am and what I do. I can't change. It was foolish to think somehow running off with Hannah could work in some way. I can never let my physical desire get in the way of my life ever again. It put the one person I've ever truly cared about in a hospital bed and my son in danger. Am I toxic?

    "Fuckin A, Dex..." (Deb looks at Dexter, with a confused, pissed off look.)

    "Sorry." (Dexter says as closing the door. He walks over to Deb, sitting on the edge of the hospital bed. Dexter glances at his sister, looking her directly in the eyes, filled with regret. Knowing his actions have caused all of this. He grabs Debs hand, folding it into his.) "I lost you today." (Dexter says, with the most painful look in his eyes.)

    (Deb smiles a little and holds dexters hand.) "It's gonna take more then a bullet in the gut to get rid of me, asshole. (She reassures Dexter, letting him know she's okay. Dexter looks at Deb and nods. His smile fades, as he realizes what he's done. He let Hannah take Harrison. They're probably already half way to Argentina by now.) "I love you, Deb. So much."

    (Debs smile becomes brighter. She looks at Dexter with complete certainty) "I love you too.(She then realizes something isn't right with Dexter. She sits up a bit more, becoming more coherent, snapping out of her pain med trip.) "Answer my question." (Deb says in a serious tone)

    (Dexter looks at Deb and sighs, releasing her hand from his grip) "I told Hannah to take Harrison." (Dexter stands up putting his hands on the top of his head with regret and frustration.) "Deb, you were right all a long. I should've never trusted Hannah." (He walks over to the window, looking at the view of the ocean) "If I had kept to my routine, loyal to the "code", she would be dead, and none of this would've ever happened."

    (Deb looks at Dexter, his back turned to her.) "I don't blame you, Dex. (Dexter turns and looks at Deb) "why? I've caused you nothing but pain since you discovered the truth about me. (Deb shakes her head) "This is my life, I made my own choices that led me here, and I take full responsibility for it. Don't you dare blame yourself for the choices I've made. I know you think you're responsible for me and where I've ended up.....but you're not...You hear me? (Debs voice gets shaky, she reaches her hand out to Dex. Dexter walks closer to the bed, and grabs debs hand)

    "I swear to fucking god Dex......."

    (Dexter nods) "Yes! Okay... I hear you."

    (Deb, satisfied to hear that) "Good...." (Deb let's go of dexters hand and starts to pull the IV out of her vein, taking the oxygen tube off her nose)

    (Dexter tries to stop her) "Deb you haven't recovered fully, what are you doing?"

    (Deb puts her hand Infront of Dex giving him a warning sign to back off) "What the fuck does it look like I'm doing? I'm helping my brother save my nephew from little ms. Poison Ivey... Jesus fuck Dex.... "(Deb stands up, in a bit of pain)

    "How could you trust her with Harrison? She's a killer. She only cares about herself and she will do anything to get what she wants..." (Deb gets cut off verbally of course by Dex ;)

    "Deb, I know. ( Dexter takes a deep breath, knowing there is nothing he can say to keep his sister out of this, but will try anyway) "but.."

    (Deb cuts Dexter off) "I'm coming with you. End of story."

    (Dexter sighs, in defeat. knowing how stubborn his sister is, there is nothing he can say to change her mind. Just knowing she's not dead made him feel alive once again. He never wanted to lose that... Ever again.)

    "Let me at least talk to the doctor and let her know that I will be taking you home... You're back on the force now, Deb. You have to be careful to not alarm others. We can't risk anyone knowing where they are before we get to them, first. "

    (Deb rolls her eyes, hating the fact that she knows he's right) "Well, what the fuck are waiting for? You talk, I walk." (She says, in irritation, walking over to her folded clothes on the dresser, extra cranky from the pain meds wearing off) "Don't forget my prescription."

    (Dexter walks to the door, opening it, he looks back at Deb) "You were wrong you know"

    (Deb looks at Dexter) "about what?"

    "You were always the strong one, not me." (He walks out to talk to the doctor about debs release)


    I will post more later but I was thinking it was all a dream, Dex wakes up, sees Deb was shot but she's ok...: they go on a trip, trying to find Harrison and Hannah... So Dex can finally put Hannah where she belongs... On his table and get Harrison back safe with him and Deb. But someone was outside the hospital room listening the whole time...... It was Quinn. See how many different ways it could've played out? All you had to do was use your brain and be creative.


  • Solitudemn May 23, 2014

    Dexter finally comes to. He gasps. Having the most horrific dream he'd ever had. Losing his sister(Debra) to Saxton. His heart is racing fast. Understanding he had been blinded by physical infatuation with Hannah. Voice over:::: I've put my family, the only thing balancing my two worlds, in danger. I've been foolish. Thinking it were possible to have a functional relationship with a woman, who's willing to do anything, to keep herself safe. Even kill. Hannah poisoned her husband for not wanting a family, she's killed before and she will again. My family will never be safe. I know what I have to do...

    (Dexter then notices he's inside his car) VO:::: How did I get here? (Dexter blinks a few times, checking his surroundings. He sees he's parked at the hospital parking lot.) VO::::: "Was it not a nightmare? Is Deb really dead? Are miracles really possible for someone like me?" (Dexter opens his car door, walking in a fast pace inside the hospital. He rushes passed people, who are just a blur to his vision, when all he can think about is Deb. He needs to make sure it was a nightmare. Dexter finally approaches room 205. He looks down at the door handle, knowing he was about to discover the truth, and knowing miracles never happen, to him anyway, he prepared himself for the worst. Dexter opens the door. His heart absolutely drops. His eyes grow big, as he almost feels as if he had stopped breathing, and someone just revived him.)

    "Shouldn't you be half way around the world by now?" (Deb quietly speaks. She sits up a bit more, moaning a bit from the gun shot wound.)

    (Dexter finally snaps out of the short lived trance he was in, staring at Deb.)VO::::The nightmare I had felt as real to me as this moment. I realize who I am and what I do. I can't change. It was foolish to think somehow running off with Hannah could work in some way. I can never let my physical desire get in the way of my life ever again. It put the one person I've ever truly cared about in a hospital bed and my son in danger. Am I toxic?

    "Fuckin A, Dex..." (Deb looks at Dexter, with a confused, pissed off look.)

    "Sorry." (Dexter says as closing the door. He walks over to Deb, sitting on the edge of the hospital bed. Dexter glances at his sister, looking her directly in the eyes, filled with regret. Knowing his actions have caused all of this. He grabs Debs hand, folding it into his.) "I lost you today." (Dexter says, with the most painful look in his eyes.)

    (Deb smiles a little and holds dexters hand.) "It's gonna take more then a bullet in the gut to get rid of me, asshole. (She reassures Dexter, letting him know she's okay. Dexter looks at Deb and nods. His smile fades, as he realizes what he's done. He let Hannah take Harrison. They're probably already half way to Argentina by now.) "I love you, Deb. So much."

    (Debs smile becomes brighter. She looks at Dexter with complete certainty) "I love you too.(She then realizes something isn't right with Dexter. She sits up a bit more, becoming more coherent, snapping out of her pain med trip.) "Answer my question." (Deb says in a serious tone)

    (Dexter looks at Deb and sighs, releasing her hand from his grip) "I told Hannah to take Harrison." (Dexter stands up putting his hands on the top of his head with regret and frustration.) "Deb, you were right all a long. I should've never trusted Hannah." (He walks over to the window, looking at the view of the ocean) "If I had kept to my routine, loyal to the "code", she would be dead, and none of this would've ever happened."

    (Deb looks at Dexter, his back turned to her.) "I don't blame you, Dex. (Dexter turns and looks at Deb) "why? I've caused you nothing but pain since you discovered the truth about me. (Deb shakes her head) "This is my life, I made my own choices that led me here, and I take full responsibility for it. Don't you dare blame yourself for the choices I've made. I know you think you're responsible for me and where I've ended up.....but you're not...You hear me? (Debs voice gets shaky, she reaches her hand out to Dex. Dexter walks closer to the bed, and grabs debs hand)

    "I swear to fucking god Dex......."

    (Dexter nods) "Yes! Okay... I hear you."

    (Deb, satisfied to hear that) "Good...." (Deb let's go of dexters hand and starts to pull the IV out of her vein, taking the oxygen tube off her nose)

    (Dexter tries to stop her) "Deb you haven't recovered fully, what are you doing?"

    (Deb puts her hand Infront of Dex giving him a warning sign to back off) "What the fuck does it look like I'm doing? I'm helping my brother save my nephew from little ms. Poison Ivey... Jesus fuck Dex.... "(Deb stands up, in a bit of pain)

    "How could you trust her with Harrison? She's a killer. She only cares about herself and she will do anything to get what she wants..." (Deb gets cut off verbally of course by Dex ;)

    "Deb, I know. ( Dexter takes a deep breath, knowing there is nothing he can say to keep his sister out of this, but will try anyway) "but.."

    (Deb cuts Dexter off) "I'm coming with you. End of story."

    (Dexter sighs, in defeat. knowing how stubborn his sister is, there is nothing he can say to change her mind. Just knowing she's not dead made him feel alive once again. He never wanted to lose that... Ever again.)

    "Let me at least talk to the doctor and let her know that I will be taking you home... You're back on the force now, Deb. You have to be careful to not alarm others. We can't risk anyone knowing where they are before we get to them, first. "

    (Deb rolls her eyes, hating the fact that she knows he's right) "Well, what the fuck are waiting for? You talk, I walk." (She says, in irritation, walking over to her folded clothes on the dresser, extra cranky from the pain meds wearing off) "Don't forget my prescription."

    (Dexter walks to the door, opening it, he looks back at Deb) "You were wrong you know"

    (Deb looks at Dexter) "about what?"

    "You were always the strong one, not me." (He walks out to talk to the doctor about debs release)


    I will post more later but I was thinking it was all a dream, Dex wakes up, sees Deb was shot but she's ok...: they go in a trip, trying to find Harrison and Hannah... So Dex can finally out Hannah where she belongs... On his table and get Harrison back safe with him and Deb. But someone was outside the hospital room listening the whole time...... It was Quinn. See how many different ways it could've played out? All you had to do was use your brain and be creative.

  • P3TE May 12, 2014

    This is actually my number one favorite show. I thought it was the perfect series finale. I loved every episode of the show and even liked the ending which left us with the possibility of him coming back.

    I couldn't stop crying in the last 10 minutes, it was all just too emotional.

  • HeatherPerkin May 12, 2014

    Thank God for you using Dr. Ikhine to bring back my husband who left as a result of unable to give him a baby for marriage of 15years and now he is back saying that children come from God that he will be patient with me and all this happen since i contacted the powerful spell caster and he is very nice and also genuine in his work contact him on agbadado@gmail.com or call him +2347060552255 for your own help

  • Ell317 Mar 27, 2014

    I binge watched the entire series in a few weeks so maybe that gives me different perspective, but I thought the whole thing was absolutely brilliant. The end was perfect and the only possible way it could end.

  • ertugalmaxwell Mar 04, 2014


    Wow!!!! what an experience! dr.marnish is a wonderful spell caster, he has made my life complete again by helping me cast a spell to return my girlfriend and also make her to be faithful to me again. I was skeptical at first, but what a believer I am now, his spell really worked! my lover is now faithful to me, if you are also seeking for help to get your lover back? Call +15036626930 or email dr.marnish@yahoo.com
    Ertugal maxwell

  • Sklimnbo Feb 19, 2014

    And just to add. A lot of people feel it's wrong to throw Deb into the water with the other bodies. But isn't she essentially his last victim? Not by his knife but metaphorically speaking by his hand? And maybe he feels such a sense of peace out on the water the viciousness of the murder is paralleled by the sending off ceremony in the place he finds most calming, peaceful and free.

  • Sklimnbo Feb 19, 2014

    I loved the ending. Dexter was capable of love. He loved Hannah and Harrison so much he set them free. Deb dying showed him that everyone he loves most, ultimately dies. So he gave them life by leaving them. And Hannah miscarried the baby she longed for so Dex gave her his most precious gift of all. I actually thought he would jump in with Deb to be with her forever as she wanted. And to die in his grave he had created with all his victims. I was a little thrown by the werewolf logger at the end and actually wondered was it a grown up Harrison and were we going to see a wizened Hannah chained to a post and he was slowly eating her or something!! Thankfully not. But when I digested the final scene I could see that suicide was too simple an escape and not one he felt he deserved. As Deb said to Quinn in the ambulance she had to pay for all the wrongdoing, so too is Dex. He is punishing himself with isolation and daily existence cut off from love so he can't extinguish it again. Cutting trees instead of people? I'm sure not! Though a happy ending would have pleased me even though it would have annoyed others. It would have underlined the fact that good can overcome evil, that people can change with enough love, that there is hope for a violent world. I'd have quite liked that but maybe after all he had done that would be too easy and weak. Anyway, I think there's too much criticism about the end. Although I watched Breaking Bad before this and can't say enough good about it, people were pleased as it's ending was so deadly and it tied up all the loose ends. Well I think the ending of Dexter is underrated as I think it was clever and like any good book it was left to our imaginations to fit the pieces together.

  • ianmarchbank5 Feb 11, 2014

    He completed his journey from cutting up people (animals) to cutting up trees (plants). I'm taking it as a subtle push to GO VEGAN.

  • See More Comments (354)