Our Wishlist for Dexter's Final Season: More Hannah, Less Quinn, and No Happy Endings

By Cory Barker

Jun 26, 2013

After seven bloody seasons, more than a lifetime's supply of industrial-strength plastic wrap, and a seemingly endless number of terrible and/or misused supporting characters, Dexter will start unspooling its final 12 episodes this Sunday. It's been quite a bumpy road at times ('sup, Season 6!), but with nothing to hold back, Dexter is primed to speed toward one hell of a conclusion. Below are some of my big wishes for the final run; please share your own in the comments! 

Keep the focus on Dexter and Deb

Season 7 marked a substantial uptick in quality for Dexter because it stripped away the secondary and tertiary elements and really zeroed in on the relationship between Dexter and Deb, especially in its early episodes. Of course, it helped that the writers finally let Deb in on Dexter's secret, but I was pleasantly surprised by how complex their relationship became in the aftermath of Deb's newfound knowledge. The events of the Season 7 finale should make that relationship even more complex and challenging, so there's absolutely no reason why it shouldn't dominate most of the show's runtime each and every week. We know that Dexter has learned to compartmentalize and handle all the details of a major cover-up, but how in the world will Deb deal with killing LaGuerta and covering it all up to protect her brother? I'm guessing not very well.

Try to find something—ANYTHING—interesting for the supporting characters to do

One of the worst-kept secrets on television is that Dexter's supporting characters are terrible. They've always been terrible, but they've been particularly problematic since Doakes died at the end of Season 2. Like most fans of the show, I have some residual affection for Masuka and Batista, but it's been several seasons since either of them has had an intriguing storyline. Sorry, but Batista quitting his job and opening a restaurant does not count. And it's just staggering that Quinn is still alive. I'm weary that the show can find compelling things for these characters to do outside of the occasional bout of comic relief; if it can't, it should just leave them on the sidelines. I'm not sure anyone actually cares whether Quinn can pull his life together after a half-decade's worth of screw-ups. But the news that Aimee Garcia's Jamie is being upped to series regular doesn't instill much confidence in me.

More Hannah!

I'm not exactly sure how or when the show plans to bring Yvone Strahovski's Hannah back, but I eagerly await that episode. Hannah is one of the remaining wild cards that could completely disrupt Dexter's plans to escape, Deb's plans to lock her brother up, or both. At the end of last season, Dexter "chose" Deb over Hannah by turning in evidence that proved Hannah killed Sal Price, but he certainly didn't make that decision lightly. Although Deb desperately wanted to put Hannah behind bars and keep her away from Dexter, there were small moments where she could understand why Hannah and Dexter shared a connection. I wasn't entirely convinced that Hannah actually poisoned Deb, even though she admitted to doing so, but it's not like she's an innocent individual otherwise. As you'll see below, I don't think there's room for Dexter to get some kind of "happy ending"—either with Hannah or without her—but there's definitely room for more exploration of the kind of things that Hannah brings out in him. 

Dial back the procedural murders-of-the-week

Just like the unnecessary focus on frivolous supporting characters, I don't see why we still need to see so many of the procedural elements in the show. At this point, the dominant story of Dexter and Deb working their way through LaGuerta's death and all the terrible things they've done should always get the majority of the screen time. Dexter found a nice groove last season by pulling Dexter and Deb's story into the episodic kills, and that's something that could work again—but only if the two characters have a different perspective. Deb isn't going to be remotely supportive of Dexter's decision to keep killing, the last vestiges of the Code, or anything else. Maybe we should see more of Deb trying to stop Dexter.

Don't be afraid to take Dexter to really dark places, and make him face the consequences

It's the final season; there's no more reason to hold back. For years, Dexter has struggled to balance his urges and his fleeting moments of humanity. If the show's writers decide that his urges should completely and permanently take over, that sounds fantastic to me. Dexter isn't a hero, he's not even really an anti-hero. The dude is a murderer, period. And now he's destroyed his sister's life by bringing her into his world of constant self-destruction, epiphanies, and cover-ups. Season 8 doesn't need to be about Dexter's rehabilitation; he cannot be rehabilitated. Play that up, and let us see the impact that it has on the people closest to him, most importantly Deb. Most of all, there should be real consequences for years and years of terrible activity. I don't think prison is the answer, but maybe death is. This show is not building to a happy ending. 

What's on YOUR wishlist for the final season of Dexter?

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  • Gem-n-eye Jul 03, 2013

    Dexter dies before he can be taken into custody...but wait, he faked his death. Last scene, he is either on his boat or at an airport and his last thoughts before the show ends. "Florida isn't the only place that there's bad guys." or something along those lines.

  • cinthy_11 Jul 03, 2013

    so difficult!! I think the ending involves dexter dying but then I think about harrison, poor kid!! And yes, focus on dexter and deb relationship and a little bit of hannah maybe deb can kill her?? she wanted to last season. I'll sit back and enjoy the ride

  • Feiya Jul 02, 2013

    Like 1 year ago falling in love with <the l word>, this year, same television company but different show, I met something fantastic, it's called <dexter>. Life is so amazing but not easy. Sometime when we read the stories of minorities, we feel closer to the truth of life.
    Dexter, he is already in pieces, a serial killer for monsters and always pretending to be normal. The cases he has done will make you look back to yourself deeply to see whether you are as simple as black and white, and what you are pretending to be?
    And I know one site to buy cheap dvd box set, maybe you can buy it .

  • JohnRollins14 Jul 01, 2013

    I'm definitely excited about seeing what kind of role Hannah will play in this season.

  • tnetennba Jun 30, 2013

    Oh, I just thought of a good ending. Not exactly original, but still...

    "None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me."

  • MintberryCrunch Jun 30, 2013

    "wrapped in plastic".....brilliant title

    Gotta keep the Dex-Deb thing as paramount. I'm thinking Quinn dies at Dexter's hand, Deb kills Dexter and Harisson has his Dexter re-birth in a pool of his blood. Hopefully the ending will be cleverer and fitting for the show.

  • evzy1985 Jun 30, 2013

    I wish....... Dexter would abandon his code. Maybe Deb being killed could trigger it. then maybe a man hunt for him as he's trying to escape to Argentina with hannah. And for the ending I wouldn't mind either of these 2 endings - Dexter hannah and harrison driving off in the sunset or the electric chair for Dex. either way i'm fine

  • GreyMinerva Jun 30, 2013

    Oh, so difficult!
    But I agree - I think the best ending will involve Dexter's death.
    As an alternative I can maaaybe see him in jail, in some last scene where they've tried to pick on him and he's just sitting there in a pool of blood while the other inmates back away...
    They MAY go with the fake death-routine, especially since Dexter, with all his forensic expertise, would be really good at it.
    And the show could end with him lying in wait/standing over a corpse in some far-off location, a smiling Dark Passenger in charge, while Deb raises Harrison and keeps a very worried eye on him/is faced with HIS Dark Passenger, and what to do about it...

  • viidu Jun 29, 2013

    1. Plea.................................se, give Dexter a "happy ending" (something like the one they gave Jack Bauer.
    2. Give us the most terrifying villain ever !!
    3. Kill Quinn on the way. That's the best storyline for him.
    4. Don't forget about Harrison, give him a home at the end (why not with his father)
    5. No more brother-sister twisted relationship, I hate it, it's just not right

  • tverati Jun 29, 2013

    Agreed that I'm tired of Dexter always getting a perfectly packaged way out. After the arrogant decisions he made in Season 6 he deserves nothing less than jail and humiliation. I don't have any predictions but I really hope Deb doesn't go batshit crazy.

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