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  • Episode: Remember the Monsters? (Season 8, Episode 12)
  • Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson
  • Written By: James Manos Jr. (developer), Jeff Lindsay (novel)
  • Directed By: Steve Shill
  • Network: Showtime
  • Studio: Showtime Networks
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DEXTER: Remember the Monsters?

The wrap up of Dexter

By Jarrett Kruse     September 24, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The long wait for the wrap up of Dexter finally arrived and when it did I shrugged my shoulders and shrugged my shoulders as if saying, “that's it?” It was a disappointing series finale for Showtime's staple flagship program and after watching the episode twice, I'm sticking to that. After Deb getting shot in last weeks installment, I expected a sense of urgency to the episode that would meet the expectations I had built up in my mind all week. When push comes to shove the series finale of Dexter just does not deliver leaving us collectively scratching our head.

While Deb seems to be on the mend from the gut shot bullet wound that she suffered at the hand of Oliver Saxon, Dexter and Hannah are planning their getaway with a looming hurricane as the backdrop. As the noose begins to tighten and realizing that there is just no way he can let Saxon live, Dexter leaves Hannah and Harrison to catch a bus up the coast of Florida until they are in a safe distance from Miami. After an embarrassing scene at the airport where Dex set up Elway in an “if you see something say something” that gave me a chuckle, the private detective turns out to be on the bus with Hannah. Always the wiley minx, she calmly offers the private eye some of her tea before injecting him with a horse tranquilizer. This sets up an easy getaway for Hannah and Harrison but what is going on with Dexter?

At the hospital where Deb is recuperating, Dexter and Saxon are just about to have a standoff when Batista and company swoop in to arrest him. As much of a relief this is, Dexter cannot let Saxon just get away that easily and fall into the Florida court system. The twist that disrupts the flow of the episode is the news that Deb has taken a turn for the worse. While in surgery she suffered a stroke that deprived oxygen to her brain. The doctors break it to Dexter that Deb will short of a miracle be a vegetable for the rest of her life. It is terribly sad to watch the spunky, sexy and foul mouthed Debra unconscious with tubes coming out of everywhere. Very depressing and the scenes are wonderfully acted with real emotion that I was impressed with. That being said while in holding, Dexter pretends he is going to test Saxon for gunshot residue before stabbing the killer with a Bic pen to the jugular. And guess what? It's all on camera. However as it always happens, Dexter comes through questioning by Batista and Quinn completely unscathed and he is free to go. 

As the hurricane nears and the clouds begin to darken, Dexter knows what he must do. He dresses in his usual clothes and has to do one last thing—unplug the life support for Debra. He then takes his sister onto the Slice of Life and like all of his other victims polluting the ocean Debra slowly sinks to the bottom of the sea. Cathartic and dramatic, in some way it is a loving gesture of their bond but a little if not totally unbelievable. Then as I sat and waited for Dex to turn the boat around and head to shore, he rides into what looks like something out of The Perfect Storm. The end is swift and sudden with the dawning of a new day and the storm assuredly passed. The sunshine illuminates as if to say a new chapter is dawning. Soon the Coast Guard find wreckage of the Slice of Life and an investigation is called off to look for Dexter. Hannah, with Harrison in tow in South America reads the Miami news on her iPad—Dexter is gone. I started thinking, “this cannot end like this.” But it does, with one major thud. They cut to what I assume is the Pacific Northwest where a bearded man brings in his logs to the station before heading home. Slowly you realize it is indeed Dexter. He is alone—alone forever. 

In the end I was very disappointed with Dexter's only rationale being that he has to protect Hannah and Harrison from him. That everyone in his life he has slowly destroyed and he won't do that to his son or love of his life. I would say that this ending was on par with the end of Eddie and the Cruisers when we find out that Eddie does indeed live. What I do not understand is sitting in that room in logging country, does he still need to satiate his taste for blood or has he gone cold turkey? After over half a day to mull over the ending, I feel a little robbed and cheated but also at peace that they have finally called it quits after eight seasons, about three seasons too long. So long Dexter. I am sure if the money is right, the Dexter franchise will resurface somehow.

 

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rkngl 9/24/2013 12:14:21 AM

I love the plot and dialogues on this one.

When Deb is taken to the hospital and forbids Batista to warn Dexter, he replies in his most Cuban badass voice: "F**k you, you have no say in this. You are going to the hospital and I'm alerting your brother", although the writres resumed this phrase to a nimble forrestgumpian "Ok".

And when Harison is given to Batista's sister, he starts babbling "I was with Hanna McKay on the airport and we had to flee from a fake bomb my dad planted so we could escape the cops" just that he doesn't.

And the scene when Dexter takes her sister from the hospital and that cop comes and says "Wait, you can't do that! Come back here!", but it seems the actor was caught on trafic so we was kept out of the scene...

The pluses? Quinn's look when he sees the tape of Dex killing the Brain Surgeon (aptly name "B.S."). The look that says "I know who you are, I know what you did, and I'm glad you did wax that piece of sh*t so I didn't have to" while his mouth mumbles "Looks self defense to me". Batista's reaction was hillarious. A real "Dex... what the fk did I just see there?" And the farewell...

Dexter had to end like this. He is empty of feelings now, just an empty shell going about the moves without no meaning in life, not even the urge to kill. A real psycho in a residual state.

It deserves a B-

rkngl 9/24/2013 12:17:48 AM

BTW, if we see Dexter as a Psychotic personality, he lived in psychological symbiosis with his father first, with his sister next. He is beginning to attach to other people in his life, but those feelings don't have the same strength and never develop to a full symbiosis. With Deb incapacitated/dead, Dex is a nobody. He either lives through Hannah and Harrison (thus cursing them), or he doesn't live at all. That's the "why" of that ending, the empty look on his expressionless face.

fatpantz 9/24/2013 12:52:15 AM

Ooooh...I get it now. This was all a prequel to Man of Steel.

I did like the scene where he dumps Deb's body, because he feels that he killed her.  She should be placed with the rest of his victims.

ddiaz28 9/24/2013 7:09:32 AM

Emotionless is unfortunately how I felt after this finally.  I just wanted to feel something!  To shed a tear when Deb died, to feel some suspense about Dex's fate, to feel joy that Hannah got away.  But nothing managed to elicit any emotion in me which really pissed me off.  Especially Deb's death.  It should have felt devastating to see the second best character on the show die but they way it was handled just felt empty.  I did like that Dex took her away (ignoring the logic of actually being able to remove a person from a hospital like that), but then what does he do?  Dumps her body like he dumps out his "trash".  I understand that it was symbolic of her being his last "victim", but I think she deserved more than that.  I would have liked to see him just ride into the storm with her. 

I also hated his rationale of leaving.  And as a father myself, it made no sense.  You tell your child to remember that you will always love him, yet you prove that by leaving him forever.  I would have rather seen him in Argentina at the end, watching his son and Hannah from afar.

And I completely agree with you about the last scene as well Jarrett.  I want to know if he is still killing.  After seeing the end I rewrote it in my head so easily.  After work, Dexter should have walked through his place, into a kill room with a victim waiting.  He stands over the person, knife in hand, stabs him with a satisfied look, cut to black, the end.  That would have been way better than the ambivalent stare he gives the audience at the end. 

In the end, the only emotion I felt was anger that one my favorite television series ever ended with a thud.  It will never take away from the amazing seasons it did have, but you want to be rewarded with satisfaction after you've spent so long invested in a show.   At least Jeff Lindsay is keeping Dexter going in his books. 

DarkXid 9/24/2013 8:30:10 AM

 At least it's over.  In many ways Deb's fate is symbollically representative of this show.  Like Deb, the show started strong, was brash, unexpected and vulgar, but in the end it was left to sink into the depths while being swept away with the current and the other turds.

TheSilentKiller 9/24/2013 9:32:41 AM

 diaz, that would have been a damn good ending.

invisioner 9/24/2013 9:45:49 AM

 if we had to go the Kal-El route, I would have been more satisfied if Deb came back as Dex's "ghost since Daddy moved on Obi-Wan style, and if the guy moving logs had been a baddie and Dex materialized behind him with some horse tranq. that would have been a little more satisfying...

isgrimner 9/24/2013 12:15:23 PM

Just got done watching it and was dissapointed.   I agree there were a lot scenes where logic or believability had to be put aside to advance the plot.   Though I think when Quinn said "Looks like self defence to me," was more along the lines of "that piese of sh!t needed to die, so I don't care how it happened.  We look after our own." 

After Dexter dumped Deb, I thought  he might either cut his own wrists or neck and end in a pool of his blood, since the blood was a big obsession for him.  

Normally you would think Miami Metro would suspect Dexter of being alive and start looking for him.  Elway is eventaully going to come to, and notify law inforcement that Hanna was fleeing with Harrison, thus tying Dexter to her and making the lack of finding his body suspect.  But, they show the cops to be inept at times so maybe they never piece it together.

On the final scene, I was half- expecting to see Dexter to kill an innocent.  That he now is a total monster with no compass.  Not even that, just a blank stare.  Maybe they did that as if to leave it up to the viewer.  A very Sopranos like ending, and we know how well that went over.

Looks like the best show endings I can think of off the top of my head are MASH and The Office.  I guess Fringe ended ok considering they were not sure if they were getting that final season.   If Supernatural had ended at its original ending of season five like planned it would have been good.  It really is hard for for great shows to come up with a good ending since so many have failed.

swisshammer 9/24/2013 12:26:08 PM

This whole season was so disappointing. The finale was bound to be awful. The ONLY redeming quality of this episode was Joey Quinn. But I feel like that character, and the actor as well, got the shaft big-time. Here's what I thought was wrong with the ep:

1. Dexter chooses to honor Deb by disposing of her body just like he disposed of all of pieces of crap he killed? And this right after he says "I love you"? Didn't ring true with me.

2. The CGI hurricane was the cheapest looking thing I've ever seen. And the filters they used on the camera during that scene were horrendous.

3. Like rkngl suggested, the logic just didn't work. Harrison is the quietest kid ever. Dexter's the worst father ever. Hannah didn't have too much emotion to Dex's death. Dexter's death was on the front page of the news after a hurricane? Yeah right. It was all too much.

4. Dexter abandons Harrison and Hannah? After all of the love he spouted for them throughout the series, he just makes up a lame excuse like, "I have to protect them from me"? I didn't buy that either.

5. Dexter's a lumberjack?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! What the hell?!?!?!

6. Then they break the fourth wall at the very last shot. That really took me out of the whole show.

I could note a bunch more problems with it, but I'm just glad the show is over. It's like putting down your dog. You hate that he's gone, but you're glad he's no longer suffering. It's hard to believe that this is the same team that gave us the amazing Trinity season.

swisshammer 9/24/2013 12:30:23 PM

Best show ending ever? Battlestar Galactica. Period.

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