Ok, so I was wrong, the Brain Surgeon IS still alive. Of course I can't say I found the character all that interesting in the first place, so it's hard for me to get excited about it one way or the other.
At this rate, it looks like the most likely contenders are Cassie's boyfriend (which seems a little too random-- if he was trying to get close to Dexter, how come they've barely interacted? And why bludgeon Cassie and frame Zach for it?) or Vogel herself, who would apparently have to have a split personality in order to leave brain parts by her own door and then act completely surprised and horrified by it later on (but if that's the case, how come Dexter or Deb haven't seen a hint
of this disorder in all the hours they've spent with her?).
I admit the confrontation between Hannah and Deb was pretty good, and the bumbling Zach was good for a few laughs, but those were about the only high points.
It's just amazing
to me how all the great momentum that came from Debra learning Dexter's secret has been just completely wasted by this point. Instead of using that energy to build up to the finale, they've basically regressed to the aimless and lethargic storytelling of Seasons 5 and 6 again.
I mean, seriously? We're 8 episodes in and Miami Metro still doesn't have a CLUE about anything that's going on with Dexter, Debra, or Vogel??