Dexter "The Dark... Whatever" Review: A Family Affair

Dexter S7E10: “The Dark... Whatever”

This season of Dexter has accomplished a lot of things, but what I think I’ve liked best about it is how the show has been reflexive about some of the long-standing plot points and formulas. The most obvious of these is letting Deb in on Dexter’s secret and all the important conversations that have come from that, but the show has also interrogated or subverted other prevalent tropes related to its villains and Dexter’s relationship with his family. While the show probably should have addressed these things a little earlier than year seven, it's effectively destabilized a lot of the familiar rhythms.

“The Dark... Whatever” thankfully continued this trend by exploring what is really one of the dumbest things in Dexter’s DNA: The Dark Passenger. For far too long, the show has given its lead character carte blanche to kill a significant number of people under the guise of ultimately empty qualifiers like “The Code” and “The Dark Passenger.” Yet, I can live with The Code because the show has done a decent job of both explaining it and deconstructing it from time to time. The Dark Passenger, though? It’s just dumb. Always has been. It exists solely to allow Dexter to kill and then remove most of the responsibility; the Passenger strips our title character of agency and thus real consequences for most of his murders.

Therefore, no one was more excited than yours truly when Hannah called Dexter out for falling back on The Dark Passenger when in reality, he should just admit that he likes to kill (and more or less uses The Code to justify it). Even better was Harry’s incredulous reaction to Dexter’s assertion that it was his father who told him about the Passenger (it's tough to interpret those Dex-Harry scenes sometimes, but I guess in this instance we can assume that Harry’s confusion over the Passenger’s origins meant that Dexter knew all along that it was just something he made up, right?). As Hannah noted, the Passenger is, indeed, bullshit. While there is certainly something inside of Dexter that takes over when he decides to kill, that thing is not an external force. It is, as Hannah suggested, just him. He wants to kill. He likes to kill. He chooses to kill. There’s obviously something wrong with that in the strictest moral sense, but in this show’s world, it’s more progressive for Dexter to actually have to face the fact that he kills because that’s who he is.

I think it’s telling that Dexter had this conversation with both Hannah and Harry (/himself), because they're the two people who understand him, especially this side of him, the best. The show has done a fine job of confirming that Hannah is a murderer, but is also halfway normal (well, until this episode maybe) because she doesn’t hide from who she is. Much of Dexter’s story throughout the show’s lifespan has been about the tension between normalcy and his kills, and quite often he chooses his kills and the show lets him get away without much consequence. But Hannah is presenting to him an example of what can happen when you embrace the killer inside without, I guess, letting it totally subsume you. And arguably, that has been Dexter’s problem for far too long. By putting the onus on The Dark Passenger, Dexter can let his murderous side take hold and then suddenly, he isn’t responsible for what happens.

Giving the character this out makes some sense, if only because the show always wanted him to be sympathetic and cool in the basic-cable antihero kind of way. But over time, Dexter became a little too cuddly. If facing The Dark Passenger and realizing that it's total crap helps push both Dexter the character and Dexter the show to a place where there aren’t all these qualifiers and cop-outs, there’s a chance this could get even more interesting.

The big question, of course, is whether or not Dexter is going to buy into it. In this episode at least, he realized that he doesn’t really need The Passenger or The Code to make a kill when he managed to stop his urges from taking out the idiot who'd been burning people alive (and who was not, somewhat surprisingly, the creepy fire official), only to let them manifest with Hannah’s dirt-bag father. The Phantom definitely fit The Code and in this show’s moral universe, deserved to die, whereas Hannah’s father (played by the always-tremendous Jim Beaver), while certainly a manipulative, evil prick, didn’t actually kill anyone. He was just a scumbag. But because Dexter promised Deb he would stop cherry-picking Miami PD cases and because Hannah’s father threatened Hannah and her freedom, Dexter had a choice to make. Instead of following The Code or letting The Passenger take over, Dexter just did what he wanted, and frankly, what benefited him. He let fire-starter go to show Deb that she could trust him and he disposed of Hannah’s father because it, theoretically, protects her.

This choice makes Dexter seem less superficially “good,” but we are way past that point now, anyway. He seems more at ease with this sort of decision-making, which could just be a byproduct of his feelings for Hannah (L-word alert!) and could definitely cause problems in the future. Nevertheless, for now, I appreciate that the show finally recognized that The Dark Passenger needed to go.

Another big thing that this episode helped crystallize for me is how quickly this season is burning through story. One of my biggest issues with Dexter over the years has been how slowly the show's stories unspool, especially once it's very clear what was going to happen at every big turning point anyway. Last season was the epitome of this problem, when almost everyone in the audience figured out that Professor Gellar was not real in like Episode 3 and the show played it for a major surprise around two months later.

This season, however, has been very quickly and very successfully paced. Many of us were surprised when Viktor passed last week and just when it seemed like Hannah’s father was going to be a multi-episode problem, he was dispatched of quite hastily as well. Where that leaves us is both unclear and exciting. It's weird to not know exactly where the last two episodes of a Dexter season are going. Deb is still coming after Hannah, despite everything that she and Dexter have discussed in recent weeks, so that is definitely our primary thread. But LaGuerta’s 100-week search for the true identity of the Bay Harbor Butcher is starting to progress at just the right time as well. Thus, it looks like Dexter might have to make some pretty tough decisions to protect his past and his future, and with The Dark Passenger finally out of the picture, it’s very possible that those decisions won’t end up being the correct ones.



NOTES


– Last week I suggested that maybe George and the Brotherhood might come after or end up in Dexter’s orbit somehow, but that’s not going to happen because Quinn up and shot George and then manipulated the scene to make it look like self-defense. Watching that scene unfold, with Batista stupidly and clumsily trying to make his way back to George’s office while Quinn had Nadia shoot him in the arm, was edited well enough, but it was simply so stupid I could barely watch it. The best part is that Batista knew Quinn was lying, but apparently chose to ignore it because dammit, he still had all those health code violations to fix at the restaurant.

– Though I like that LaGuerta and Matthews’ Bay Harbor Butcher search is actually going somewhere, their first exchange here had so much horrible exposition in it that I could also barely stand it. The point is, as always, I struggle to get through any scenes on this show that don’t involve the Morgans or Jamie in a bathing suit.


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Wondre if Sam & Dean know about Bobby's daughter?
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I choose love.
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I love that they were looking for a Bobby and thn Bobby from Supernatural turns up.
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To me Dexter is depressed and distracted at times which makes him make faults but to abandon The Code just for someone is just out of order and the reality that Dexter is not in control as before, as it is the only thing that in a way justifies his killing and without it Dexter is just another killer. Great episode and hoping for more drama between Hannah and Deb as it is the only remaining puzzle to be solved this season with the exception of Laguerta finally getting offed in a horrible way.
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I agree with @DavidJackson8 and @bicelis comments. My thinking about the Dark Passenger has also been along the same lines they mentioned. When Dexter dialogued about the Dark Passenger it typically reminded me of the way addicts use terms like "monkey" ("monkey on my back") to refer to their urges to use. I always thought of Dexter's usage of the Dark Passenger as his way of compartmentalizing that portion of his life, the urges, the methodology and his actions, from the other areas of his life, internal and external, a way to create a barrier to any possible internal conflicts he might have with the choices he makes. I've never seen it as, nor do I believe the writers wished it to be seen as, an alter ego. This was reinforced for me by the fact that unlike the voice in his head he attributes to Harry, there has never been any type of personification of the Dark Passenger revealed to the audience, no face or voice that whispers to him, just his claims of an ever increasing desperate urge to achieve that brief moment of peace he finds in killing someone bad. I'm not entirely certain that for Dexter the killing is a "want" rather than a "need" however; I do think it very much is a compulsion for him. I think what was truly revelatory about Hannah's debunking of the DP was Dexter questioning the continued necessity of this mental contrivance and ultimately deciding to accept this aspect of his own nature. He may or may not have a compulsion to kill, but regardless of what drives him to do, he enjoys it, he likes to kill. This also fits with the ongoing theme of Dexter's personal growth; he isn't the same robotic guy play acting at being human we were introduced to in S01, and accepting himself is as big a step in his growth as developing relationships.

I also do not think Dexter has entirely abandoned the Code. While there have been a few deaths outside the Code, Dexter's victimology has essentially been consistently focused on killers who escape the justice of the courts. I do not recall in which season he killed the wrong person when his intel was bad and he had a crisis of faith in what he was doing, but I think he was genuinely distressed over the whole thing, just as I believe he was distressed about Doakes dying though he did not kill him. Perhaps Hannah's father did not strictly fit the Code, but in a sense, every person Dexter killed within the Code was a way of protecting possible future victims from the killers on his table, just as killing Hannah's father was Dexter's way of protecting her from any more of his abuse (which was just outrageously overdone here, but whatever).

As easy as the Code and his adherence to it make it for me to provide huge allowances for Dexter's homicidal behaviour, perhaps it is not in fact so very noble at all. Perhaps the Code is simply his way of managing his addiction, the way an alcoholic might attempt to restrict themselves to a certain limit of drinks on certain days, or an addict only lets themselves get high on the weekends. But it may be as others have suggested here that in the final season Dexter is dealt some sort of emotional trauma that triggers complete abandonment of the Code, such as the conflict between Hannah and Deb, or the LaGuerta/Matthews investigation, which results in his complete devolution. I kind of hope not though.
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I'm ok with Dexter getting distressed and abandoning those two important aspects. But only if that later shows to be very very bad for him and in general so in the end he comes back to the roots - his need (the dark passenger) and his method of dealing with the need (the code).
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The last episode being titled "Suprise, MotherFucker" HAS to do with Doakes and the Bay Harbour Butcher case, since Doakes was always going around saying "-------, Mother fucker!" to Dexter, like when he told Dexter "I'm watching you, mother fucker". Ahh, I miss Doakes
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I don't know how I feel about Dexter without The Code and without the Dark Passanger. It's not like he's become evil and therefore unlikable for me. It's just that those two things are what make Dexter - Dexter. Without them, he's basically a killer who now has a love life and a difficult relationship with his sister.

Dark Passenger is why he kills. The Code is who and how he kills for two reasons: to create at least something good out of that Dark Passenger and to not get caught. That's been established over the series.

Like in the past I'd really like Dexter to first experiment getting out of his routine (like he did in this episode) fuck up and then come back to bite him in the ass real bad, so he would get back to his way, the original way.
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One thing i think should be addressed is Debra's acting. Everyone who seems to comment on these later seasons of Dexter claim that she seems to be 'killing it' in the acting department but i seriously beg to differ. Deb's acting is and always has been her talking almost on the verge of tears anytime she needs to get dramatic. As a police officer and a god damn lieutenant it just looks unprofessional and damn embarrassing when you see her get so worked up. Like there is passionate cop and then there is Deb. Also a lot of her dramatic stuff is always drowned out by her almost crying to the point where sometimes you can't exactly catch what she is saying. She was fine from season 1-4 where the writing did most of the acting for her (Thank god!) Thought it should be said...
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Another great episode with intriguing developments!
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I love this series but I wasn't too keen on this particular episode. Hannah has understood Dexter so far, but for some reason in this episode she was acting like a teenage drama queen and didn't understand Dexter and his need/want he calls a dark passenger? Also, since when did arson investigators become expert psychological profilers as well?
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I am starting to think that network is messing with us when they said there will be and 8th season just so we assume Dexter will survive when really this will be the last season.
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if only....would mean only 2 more episodes of bad writing
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That would be wicked... especially if Deb puts him down because he goes out of control and leaves the code behind.
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No the only thing wicked would be if they finally put this dead horse in the ground where it should've been the past 3 years. Season 4 ending was PERFECTION. At that point the show answered all the fundamental questions that Dexter could ask of himself and it beautifully came full circle. Now the fact that these writers have the audacity to reference and fiddle with the brilliance of the shows past events and characters is fucking appalling! They are systematically destroying the brilliance that was Dexter. Also this Cory guy is the WORST critic for this show. Saying that the dark passenger is stupid and always has been stupid?! Dexter is a serial Killer! He is not like everyone else. To show this dark passenger is almost like a sickness or something that normal people don't have to deal with because we don't have this thing inside us telling us to regularly kill people. It is an effective tool to show the audience or to personify the serial killer motivation and drive. You can't just have him kill people and just have him do some voice over.. which has become extremely lame and ineffective these past seasons. Also every guest star that has appeared since the brilliance of John Lithgow has be horrible and have served nothing to advance or explore the character of Dexter. As much as i love Yvonne Strahovsky her character is the worst. We have already seen Dexter deal with a similar character, Lila. She was a nut job killer who also accepted who he was but ultimately she was destructive for Dexter and his way of life. The fact that Dexter is still looking for that acceptance is insane, he pretty much already came to terms with the fact that he cannot be accepted and that it would be better to move on from that. Season 4 Can Dexter have it all? NO he couldn't obviously.
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Yeah, definitely agree. For me, apart from Dexter-Debra developments, it's all same old, same old. Some of the insights Dexter's getting now are just rehashes, honestly.
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The greenhouse scene was the highlight of the episode. It was beautifully filmed and acted. When Hannah desperately tried to put her plant back together and then crumbled, it was heart wrenching.
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I think Hannah is the key for Dexter to freely and finally do his work limitless and in peace - in a way.
No codes, no Dark Passenger’s excuses. Just do your thing Dexter. This is what this serie is about. Though I’ll do hope he will stop one day and move with Lumen. I cannot see that there is place in Miami for both Dexter and Hannah. And I think LaGuerta is not going to be in the next season….
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I think you hit on the head.. I predicted Quinn to be dead by the end of the season but now I am seeing LaGuerta killed off.... makes sense..Maybe Matthews will do it..
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I see everyones getting religion here thinking Hannah may not be good for dear ol' Dex - Well DUH!
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Even if the "Dark Passenger" wasn't Harry's idea after all, it seemed like Dex's DP alt has been protecting Dex from being discovered all these years, even though a few times Dex might slip a little here and there, he realized his slip pretty fast and took measures to fix things.

But now that he's figured that the DP was something his messed-up mind came up with, and that it actually was HIM deciding when and who to murder, he got sloppy with Hannah's father, leaving lots of blood evidence right when La Guerta is liking him for the Bay Area Butcher. That's going to come back and bite him in his DP tuckus!

Just guessing, but I'm thinking Hannah's going to get tired of Deb hounding her all the time, and try to take Deb out. Then Dex will have to choose between the two women in his life.
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Has anybody read the books? It's funny, because Dexter IS actually possessed by a demon. I think the writers were winking at us book readers.
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Yes, but I was also thinking: "Are they winking with the finger?!"
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Haha! Very possibly.
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Perhaps you're right about the wink. I do like the books but I like the show overall better. Dex was going to kill Deb in the first book and was only stopped by circumstance which is probably more realistic to the character, but I like it that Dex in the show knew better. And I'm pretty sure he loved Rita in some twisted way but not like he feels about Hannah or even Lumen. Rita gave him a sense of normalcy where Lumen (before she changed) and Hannah are his dream girls he could be who he is with, and who among us doesn't lust for that? We all can see that Hannah isn't going to work out. Love is a very strong emotion but who is dumb enough to run off with a woman who has killed her mate?
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But Lindsay never mentioned Moloch again in the next three books. He realized everyone thought that was stupid crap and semi-retconned it.
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Not really. The Dark Passenger is very often alluded to in the last three books. It's just a little more subtle.
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I think if forced to choose between Deb and Hanna, Dexter will choose both. Basically, I think he will choose Deb because she's his sister, he's chosen her against his brother and he truly loves her. However, I think he sees Hanna as someone where he truly loves, more than Rita or anyone else. So the both option might be to keep one and ship the other one to Argentina.
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Deb will go after Hannah and Laguerta after Dex. Nect season they will be on the run.
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I'm surprised how many fans of the show like Hannah despite the nature of her kills. A woman when she was 15, okay that might have been self defense. A counseller she accused of sexual harassment, maybe that was justice. But then her first husband because he wanted her to have an abortion? And her boss because Hannah wanted to inherit the business? As of now there's nothing to suggest those people deserved a death sentence. Hannah didn't see any other options besides, y'know murder??

And now Dexter's following the same pattern as he turns his back on the code. Yes, as a viewer I was getting a little tired of the code, but in forgetting it altogether Dexter has taken his first step onto the slippery slope it seems Hannah as been sliding down for a while.
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I don't like Hannah, or what she represents for Dexter. I find myself cheering for Dexter less and less as this season goes on. He seems more self-centered and conceited. Being with Hannah and abandoning the code certainly doesn't help. The scalpel wielding vigilante of justice I loved is fading before my eyes.

It's crazy yo say, but Dexter of "Dexter" is no longer my favourite character. That honour now belongs to beautiful and foulmouthed Deb.
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"yo"

I hate typo's.
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He was always self-centered and conceited, but those traits were softened by the fact that he wanted desperately not to be what he was. He strived for normalcy. Now that he's found out he can't be/do that, he seems to have decided to do what he does without all the restrictions. I say 'seems' because we don't know yet if he'll give up his code for good. The DP is one thing, but killing just because you want or feel you need to is another, and that would make him jsust an ordinary serial killer. If he does change I'll suspect two things, that Hannah is trying to create another Randall, or the writers want us to dislike Dexter so they can kill him off easier...
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I wonder if some don't remember that Dexter broke the code back in Season 4 when he killed that guy in the abandoned restroom or whatever. The guy was taunting him or something. Definitely didn't fit the code but maybe some could say self-defense.
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Unpopular opinion: Can't stand Dexter and Hannah's relationship. One of the great things about Dexter was that the audience was able to buy into the lie that Dexter told himself. He's a killer but he has a "Code". And that code made Dexter different, he was a killer but by having the code to kill those who had murdered others we were able to to give Dexter passes. Now he's just another killer well who likes to kills. And all that ritual crap means nothing and it's a waste of time. He's exactly what Doakes said he was, and I'm getting disappointed. Deb's the only hope to bring back Dexter.
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Totally disagree .. the code was hypocrisy pure and simple. He's always been a "killer that likes to kill" in my eyes. I love that finally someone has called him out on that bs. That's why the relationship works I think .. the two can be totally honest with each other.
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Not an unpopular opinion I think, I agree with you. The reason we were all rooting for Dexter is that he was getting rid of scum, but now he's basically becoming that himself with Hannah (who is a killer) kind of derailing him off the coded-path.
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I am really starting to like Hannah, she has a nice chemistry with Dexter which allows them to have conversations like they had in this episode. I am a bit put off by dexter not following the code, the one guiding principle that guides him. However, I have a feeling that Hannah is not long for this world, especially after the preview.

The whole Dark Passenger being described almost as a possessing force and then calling that out as a crap idea is a nice little jab at Dexter In the Dark which painted the passenger as an actual sort of supernatural force.

It was a bit weird seeing Bobby Singer play such a world class D-Bag.
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Meh, Overall this season has had its highlights but it sure has had a lot of story lines just crammed in willy-nilly. I liked Isaak but his story line is dead and it looks like the Kaschka brotherhood is out of the picture as well. Did they keep George along for the ride to justify keeping Quinn and Batista in the cast?

Didn't like Hannah's dad getting killed. Too contrived. IF Dexter is actually making a fundamental switch from killing with a code to just killing when it's convenient or he needs to that could be a good twist and set up the Series Finale season well. If not, it's more stuff that doesn't add up to anything more than filler.

Have to say I do miss that the support cast, like Masuka, Batista, LaGuerta etc.. have been marginalized into almost pointless roles, some of them get as much air time or have as much purpose as Harrison!
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F-ing Hanna. I just hate her, because of her and her father's issues, which I didn't care (no offense), Dexter kill someone who did't fit the code, and thank god Bobby (I don't remember his name here) told deb about the witness, I want her to catch hanna and is she going to do something to deb? I hope dexter kills her for real.
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I like that Dexter had this revelation of sorts that he just likes killing... but isn't that what he was basically calling his Dark Passenger? That liking and wanting to kill IS the Dark Passenger? I never thought of it much as a deflection for his problem but just a name FOR that want and need to kill. So to me anyway, I didn't see this as much of a revelation or epiphany, but just a slightly unreasonable or "simple" way for the writers to have him decide to ditch The Code.

The only thing I can think of to say to that is that it was a revelation because it focused on the difference between want and need -- that Dex had always thought he NEEDed to kill rather than WANT to kill, and now believes it was always a want, not a need. I recognize that and fully understand there's usually a difference between need and want, which is why I said I felt it was 'slightly' unreasonable rather than say it's stupid or completely unreasonable. There's something to be said about that in regards to serial killing though, because I don't think it's ever one or the other for psychopaths/sociopaths. But even if you consider that distinction, I don't see that as a reason to ditch the Code the way he did. Whether it was want or need, the Code he and Harry created was to make sure that his need or want didn't push him to attempt killing any or everybody. Why should he ditch that because he now believes killing is what he always wanted to do? If anything, it should make the Code even more important. Meh -- I guess he's just losing his ability to reason because he's fallen in love. Stupid love.
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I took it as he's now going to abandon the code too and I have no idea how he came to that conclusion. As for calling his need/want to kill his "Dark Passenger," I always just figured it was his way to compartmentalize his need/ want to kill away from his normal every day life. There will definitely be a change in behavior if he just wants to kill every second of every day now.
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As of now we dont really know if he ditched the code for sure. Yes, he did in this episode when he had his epiphany, but going forward I think this could go one of three ways. Either Dexter chooses to continue to kill by the code or Dexter chooses to kill randoms (ditching the code all together) or Dexter chooses to kill by the code, but willing to kill others for personal gain (ie. possibly LaGuerta). Personally, I hope its the 3rd option because it could open up so many storylines and really test Dexter as a character going into the final season.
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Agreed. He never said he was ditching the code, he just concluded that Harry gave it to him and not the DP explanation. He only null and voided the DP excuse. Since it's not the first time he's killed without the code, it's not really a surprise that he's capable of it.
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Up until this episode, you could feel the tension on Dexter. Going into the last two episodes, I don't really feel there's an awful lot of tension left in the show. I'm hoping they're not going to kill off/dispose of Hannah yet, because that would just wrap up the last real tension in the show.

Larguarta and whatshis face don't really feel like a threat at this point, because how is the show going to make it a real threat (ie. they find definitive proof that Dexter is a serial killer), and then resolve it by the end of the season (other than a) killing them off, or b) Some stupid trick that will exonerate him).

I still enjoyed the episode, but its lacking that usual tension of enemies/problems closing in on Dexter from all sides
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Expect a stupid trick to exonerate him. Maybe even Tom framing LaGuerta who gets tied to Doakes as his former lover.
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I think Matthews is going to warn Dexter about LaGuerta. He hates her for what she did to him plus he cared for Dex and Deb when they were little.
Dex might plot something which causes her to lose her job and enables Matthews to get his job back for the interim. Dex is really good at setting people up. Remember Louis?
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The whole Isaak mob stuff really ended up being wasted. I know to get down to LaGuerta figuring out it's Dexter is key to end this whole series eventually but for this season, Isaak and that tremendous role was really just thrown away. So it's like a 9 ep. season with an attached 3 ep. mini series.
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I think we are going to (finally) see Dexter as a true serial killer, mercilessly picking off his victims because they are inconveniences to his life, I'm looking at you LaGuerta.
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I totally agree, he should kill LaGuerta.
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... and then the writers.
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Worst season ever.
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Not as bad as S5 with Lumen and Jordan Chase. Sad truth is the show is going down hill and fast
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They should have just ended it, now its just dying a slow death.
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Agreed. The show only needed five seasons.
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Sorry they killed you off without giving you a proper story :(
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Thank you, my entire storyline was a plot hole.
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I'm guessing they might find some of your blood on Dex's boat, as long as Hannah's Father's blood didn't cover yours up.
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I doubt they will ever mention me again.
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or Isaaks.
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They actually led us to believe you were more important, considering you mailed Dexter that Prosthetic Arm.

But what the hell were you thinking cheating on Jamie with a prostitute?! That woman is an angel.
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have you SEEN her in that bathing suit? hubba hubba :)))
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After this episode I see the potential for Dexter to turn evil ... which would give us the major twist we need going into the final season.

There is now nothing that will stop Dexter from killing to protect himself from being discovered. After all he killed to cover up for Hannah so why would he not do the same for himself.

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Dexter has already killed for self defense several times before
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Uhm...what about Debra?
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wow,wow,wooow....
1) dark passenger is bs and it is there,because of writers! to give Dexter "cool comic name",etc.
2) "This season, however, has been very quickly and very successfully paced. Many of us were surprised when Viktor passed last week and just when it seemed like Hannah's father was going to be a multi-episode problem, he was dispatched of quite hastily as well."

Hahahahahahhahaaa....another bs...fast paced? really?!?!?!?!? I wasn't surprised that Isaak(!) passed....it's how he passed.....shot in daylight,managed to survive to pitch black night on boat to join his lover.
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Another thing....giving LaGuerta each episode to find or figure out one clue,you call fast paced? Only 2 episodes left and I said that it's gonna lead to season finale. Maybe I will be wrong and it will resolve in next episode or even before finale,but I won't miss by much.
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this thread can go f-itself!!!!!!!!!!!! wasted 40min here and only managed to post half of my comment!!!!!!!!!!!!
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There is much to be said about a very strange and indeed very good season of Dexter. Like last night, episode 10 was very nearly what could have been an entire season of Dexter dispatcing the baddies in droves - NEXT! Dexter is utterly fearless when it comes to his own safety, something worthy of a anti-super hero sorta good guy - he kills really bad people. And because it's Showtime we get to call the last episode. "Surprise, Motherfucker" - oh, like we couldn't call most of them that. I think that would be a fitting title for the last episode of "How I Met Your Mother," but we can't even say "Don't Trust the @#$%H in Apartment 23" or "$&!% My Dad Says".

And how stupid was George, taunting Quinn with a gun in his face - pretty stupid. And I loved how Quinn's gonna get away with it what with all the people in the Room wearing "Forensics" jackets - CSI Miami, where are you - Quinn needs to be stopped. If for no other reason than he's a lousy person. Oh, and La Guerta, give it a rest - Matthews is in Dex's pocket. Now all we have to fret about is will the restaurant make it.

If it was season 8 it could end with Dex and Hannah living happily ever after in some wonderful place feeding each other grapes until...
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... surprised when >Isaac< passed last week.
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I simply miss the blood slides. Even tho it was stupid having evidence laying around his house, being discovered every time someone decides to snoop around there. It was his thing and I really do miss it. The dark passenger can just leave don't really care even if a lot of serial killers do feel the way Dexter does with his dark passenger, it's nice to see him get to know himself more and evolve as a character. This episode was really nice and I can't wait to see what LaGuerta discovers on Dexter.
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I miss the blood slides too. Dexter IS a serial killer, and he has his ritual and his trophis...now...it seems more boring
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This episode kind of sucked. It's like they're trying to go back into the nightmare that was season 6, where my Dexter hate was in auto-pilot. The only good thing was Masuka, the only side character that isn't Dex or Deb that I like. I've enjoyed this season, and while there has been some hiccups, I didn't think there were any bad episodes until now. Please don't continue that trend with the last two episodes.
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Serial killers DO have a need to kill. Others things can be substituted, but it is not just a "want" (it is actually a need for control). That whole bit made me feel like they didn't do any research at all.

http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder/serial-murder-1
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Thank you! You'd think they would consult with FBI profilers to get their facts right. The psychology behind Dexter is a walking contradiction. And don't even get me started on Travis Marshall.
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Oh Travis. I must have repressed that memory. Truly a symbol for the worst research imaginable. Take 5 very different disorder classifications, some Adama, put 'em in the mixer and you have a nice fairy tale.
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You can apply the same to their psychological research. Dexter hallucinating daily conversations and arguments with his dead father (and brother at one point) don't make any sense as a real disorder given everything else they show about his character (and don't get me started on that shrink from last season).
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I think the conversations with Harry are merely an extension of the voice-over sequences, stretched for dramatic effect. No psychological disorders or hallucinations are intended (I could be wrong). I do think they are overused, and I completely agree about the research on serial killers. Just more evidence of sloppy writing.
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Yes. They use pretty heavy disorders for dramatic effect without taking it remotely serious which results in a very ridiculous psychological profile. It sickens me to be honest because that kind of TV doesn't help enlighten people but instead spreads wrong facts and cliches about mental disorders like schizophrenia.
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How about this for a scenario? Matthews has known all along who Dexter is because he and Harry were so close in the past. Matthews is intentionally trying to throw LaGuerta off the trail so that she'll have the single greatest blunder of her career by trying to re-open the Bay-Harbor Butcher case so that he can have his revenge on her for ruining his career. Nothing like good ole payback. I think it could make sense because Matthews has always been there to sort of "take care" of the Morgan children after Harry passed away. Obviously, I'm not saying that this is the case, but it could be. Also, from the preview of next week's episode, I wonder if the shot caller getting out of jail next week is bait from LaGuerta to see if Dexter will do something...
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I think Matthews know a lot about Dex. Not the worst details, of course, but I´m sure Harry gave him some clues about Dexter being "special" We know Harry asked Matthews to look after Dex and Deb. Matthews isn´t stupid at all, and I think he has tied some clues and when Lagerta came to him talking about BHB he knows exactly who is him, and accepted to work with her to know how much she can discover and warn Dexter about her.
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I love the way you think man. I have this terrible sense of dread about LaGuerta upending the apple cart on Dexter and Debra by nothing more than sheer dumb luck (because she certainly isn't going to do it by keen, serious police work), and that would kill a little spark of joy in me.
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That would be an awesome twist
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really like that idea .. although, i must say, any idea that ends up with Laguerta getting egg in her face really appeals to me :-)
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That would be good. Maybe even possible.
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It would be a nice twist. I doubt it would happen, but I'd like it.

Maybe a short clip of flashbacks of how Matthews covered for Dex or otherwise showed he knew it was him.
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That was an incredibly weak episode. This show does not need drama like what we got with Hannah's dumb ass and her father. I'm glad it was resolved just so it wasn't dragged out.
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What does it need? Soulless characters pretending to be working homicides or playing stupid victim for Dexter? This show needs a lot more drama, seasons 3, 5, 6 all suffered horribly from little to no character progression while the other more popular seasons did the opposite. I agree that it's not set to be a game changer but before this backstory with her father, we didn't know anything about Hannah except that one chapter in her past which made her a very shallow character until that point.
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The "drama" was cliche and trite. I involuntarily rolled my eyes the moment her dad asked for money. Dexter realizing he's a hypocrite just as he's about to kill someone and having genuine character shift? Great. Filling half the episode with a frustratingly dumb and obvious plot just so Dexter can grow a wee bit more? No thanks.
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amen
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Yes, the episode did need that little "drama" to create a character that Dexter could choose to kill, outside his Code. Didn't you read this review?
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Another solid episode.

So am I to believe that this whole time Dexter wanted to kill all these people and the "dark passenger" and the code was just an excuse to do so? That the dark passenger is the "evil" part of himself that manifested at such a young age, that he chose to name it, so he could understand it? That truly his "need" to kill is actually a "want" to kill? If this is where the show is going that is quite the development, especially this late in the game. It definitely effects what came before pretty significantly and its gunna change my perception when I do my eventual series rewatch. One thing I know for sure is different now is that Dexter wants to kill murderers and rapists and chooses to do so, whereas up until now it's been an uncontrollable compulsion that he has been able to channel through the code. In this sense he is even more of an antihero.
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I think in killing Hannah's father, Dexter has taken the first step towards going very dark, and ultimately killing LaGuerta (and possibly Matthews), to keep his identity safe. I am sort of hoping by the series finale that Dexter will have gone completely dark side. That will make for a very different final season.

The start of this episode reminded me of Supernatural, with "Bobby" written on the crime scenes, just like Bobby on Supernatural wrote out his name on the bathroom mirror in that one episode. And then suddenly Supernatural's own Bobby turns up as Hannah's dad.
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i find it funny that Jim Beaver ( who played bobby in supernatural ) appeared in this episode , and at the same time .. The Phantom writs in every murder he commits that " bobby did it "

so Dexter actually killed bobby in this episode
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Masuka's always fun to watch too, and his character building moments are few and far between enough that I've always found them enjoyable. Like the time he go offended by everybody and started acting like a normal human being, I kind of felt for the guy for once.
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I love Masuka too, I miss him! It´s like he isn´t there...I loved Angel in the fists seasons, now is absent too
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Yeah, Angel was a really sympathetic character for me originally, he made a mistake but he regretted it so much and is such a stand up guy he told his wife the next day, then bad things just kept happening to him like being framed for rape and getting stabbed. I still like him but he doesn't have as many good moments anymore.
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Define "pick" since this is Dexter we're talking about.

- Who to be his next / final victim
- Who to side with in this argument between his woman
- Who to take to bed
- etc
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