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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
DEXTER: Remember the Monsters?
The wrap up of Dexter
By Jarrett Kruse
September 24, 2013
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.