Dexter - The Final Season (Spoiler Discussion)

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  1. tighr

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    Those aren't Harrison's Grandparents. They are the parents of Astor and Cody's dad.

    Although, I do seem to recall we did meet Rita's mother at one point.
     
  2. LitmusDragon

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    Horrible, horrible ending that makes no sense in context with the storyline. Why would they spend the whole season establishing that Dexter's motivation is that he loves Hannah and is ready to move on with his life, and then subvert the entire thing in the final episode? One of the cores of Dexter's character throughout the series is his dedication to his family and his desire to protect Harrison in particular, and suddenly he changes his mind, leaving him with Hannah who herself is also a killer and has no parenting experience whatsoever? Where was Harry during all of this? "Hey Dex, I really think you should rethink the whole euthanizing Deborah and dumping her body in the ocean thing, for the sake of her family and friends if for no other reason ..." Complete whackery of a finale that felt like it was written using mab libs.
     
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  3. Turd Ferguson

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    Well, that was completely terrible. I couldn't stand Hannah and didn't want Dexter to go to Argentina anyway, but I don't like him becoming Paul Bunyan either. Does he still have the desire to kill? Wouldn't it have made more sense for him to have stayed at Miami Metro in that case? Where the hell is he even a lumberjack at?

    The finale could have easily been fixed. If they'd ended it ambiguously with Dexter sailing off into the hurricane I would've been happy. If they'd busted him after killing Vogel's son I would've been happy. What I really would've liked to have seen is Dexter getting caught pulling the plug on Deb, going to jail for a mercy killing.

    As it stands, him reverting back to how he was before was a total cop out, and if he was going to go off the grid anyway, why not use his cell phone to call Miami Metro, admit he was the Bay Harbor Butcher to clear Doakes, then disappear?
     
  4. Mister Fandango

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    That really was awful. There's nothing to really add to that either; it was simply terrible. The only positive thing I can say about it is that I'm glad it's finally over now and I'm released from my obsessive need to see a story through to the end.

    I just don't understand why they didn't even try to make this season more epic. Why even become a professional writer if you're just going pull crap like this?
     
  5. davejames

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    Well thank god that's finally over.

    I'll admit the last few minutes were nicely poetic, with Dexter heading off in his boat with Debra's body, and then into the storm alone. And the final quiet, voiceover-less scene with Dex in the cabin was a fairly strong one.

    But unfortunately it came at the end of another incredibly slow and dull and tedious hour where, once again, not much really happens. Dexter waits around a lot in a hospital, he waits around in an airport, and then he waits in line at a bus stop. And... that's about it. For the big series finale.

    I mean seriously, did the writers really expect us to be on the edge of our seats wondering if Dex and Hannah would make it out of the country or not? When the only threat was some lame PI who wasn't even smart enough to exit the bus or call the cops the second he caught Hannah?

    And while Dexter goading Saxon into stabbing him (so that he could then kill him in apparent self-defense) was a pretty clever move, Saxon was such a cartoonishly evil and ridiculous character that I had a hard time taking any of that story seriously anyway.

    Ultimately, it just seems INSANE to me that we spent the entire last season without anyone at Miami Metro even once suspecting Dexter of anything. Or without him being in any danger at all, in fact. He just casually went about his business the whole time, without a care in the world. During the final season.
     
  6. Ensign_Redshirt

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    So, Dexter euthanises his sister and then he fakes his death in order to become some kind of lumberjack hermit?

    If anything, this finale was unintentionally funny. Pity, this show was once so good. Should have ended with the great Season 4 though. After that, they ran out of ideas.

    Well, now it's over anyhow.
     
  7. Xip

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    Jup, I hated it. I totally agree with davejames: Thank god that's finally over! I even started doing crosswords somewhere halfway into the episode because I was bored but wanted to know what would happen eventually.

    One highlight of the episode was Quinn's line in the interrogation room: "It's obviously self defense."
    That whole scene was a highlight IMHO. They knew Dexter did it (come on people, not even Quinn is that stupid...) but let him go anyway. I thought that was a great way for Dexter to leave Miami Metro.

    Now, from there on it was down hill, they couldn't really do anything anymore to make me happy. Dexter being caught and trailed was off the table (pun not intended), Dexter being executed was off the table, Dexter murdered by Saxon was off the table... I was kinda pissed when he went into that storm. Suicide is just too much out of character to me (I think Dexter expressed his feelings towards suicide in season 2, he thought it was lame) and surviving that storm? nah, not buying it. We actually joked about the how he was going to survive and turn up somewhere else... and poof: there he was, alive and well. Now that was really a bummer.


    I still think they should have let Deb shoot Dexter instead of LaGuerta back in season seven en just end it there. I would have thought that was awesome...
     
  8. Ensign_Redshirt

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    Yeah, the whole way how Dexter killed Saxon and subsequently got away with it was kind of cool (a fine example for a double Batman Gambit btw: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BatmanGambit).

    But obviously it couldn't save that trainwreck.
     
  9. davejames

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    I don't know, I thought Dexter realizing he was too much of a danger to his son made a lot of sense, considering the fate that eventually befell everyone else he came into contact with (Deb, Rita, Harry, LaGuerta, Doakes, etc). No matter how far away they ran, it was only a matter of time before Harrison became the next victim.

    So I thought that made sense. The problem was just that the show just didn't earn that moment, or build up to it in a believable enough way.
     
  10. Guy Gardener

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    Astor got step daddies SUV.

    Little Corey probably got a massive soul boner when he realized that he'd get the boat, which he could drive without a license, and drunk... But then Dexter trashes the boat without any forethought to Corey's almost medical need to one day soon become the world's best teenage drunken sailor.

    That bastard!

    Vince and his gold digging kid: barely resolved.

    Angel's sister? She just floated away from relevance back to being again only a baby sitter. Don't show me an actresses' naked boobies if you don't want me to focus on her storyline!

    Can you imagine Angel and Dexter trading blows (no, you sick pervert, not like that.) like Superman and Doomsday until one of their fists gets rooted inside the others face? And it's all Blake vs. Avon "You betrayed ME??! ME!?? Betrayed Me! ME!?"

    And as far as that flashback goes... "Rita is asleep." Asleep? Go fuck yourself Dexter's writers room! Your entire ability to admit that dexter had been on the air for 8 seasons was to bing in the villain from season 3's "wife". Compare that to what happened in the final episodes of Seinfeld when they had 40 returning gueststars from previous seasons?

    Debra dies because she's an idiot walking into an obvious bullet. As soon as Dexter turned his back, as soon as he left the room, as soon as he said that Deb could carry the ball to the n-zone from the 1 yard line... Deserves to fucking die for being so infatically incompetent. She was tailed by a fricking beachboy! He was fine on Saving Grace, but played a lad with an IQ of 60 on The Shield, so it's hard to take him serious as Holmesian threat. Good lord! She should have got drunk and frakked Dexter half way through the season.

    Hannah did NOTHING to hide. Dye your hair. Glasses. A fricking hat! A fat suit, or that orange fake tan shit Snookie wears! You deserve to be caught. You're a moron... But they were paying for a leggy blonde so it's conterproductive to "disfigure" her.

    What the hell happened to black girl cop? They introduce her, screw over Uncle Jack Bass and then just vanish with her promotion...

    Was there a tilling of the writing staff?

    It just went from awful, to much more awful for no reason.
     
  11. Xip

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    Maybe the writers are just exploring what they can get away with or something...

    The black woman bothered me too! She just randomly dissapears somewhere along the way, why bother introducing her at all I wonder... Does anyone even remember her name?
     
  12. Yoda

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    Of course I remember her name. Pretty sure her name was Sergeant. You guys need to pay more attention.
     
  13. Locutus of Bored

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    The writers get a pass on this one because you never saw full boobage. You got "there's clearly another observer in the room filming things, so I'm going to awkwardly obscure my breasts with my hands and arms" glimpses of side boob at best.

    Who was the other person in the room when Jaime and Quinn were having sex? My guess is that that's the assignment the black sergeant lady was given after she was promoted, since we never see her on camera again once she served her purpose as a random source of drama for a minor character development no one cared about.
     
  14. Beagleman

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    I'll miss the way Angel pronounces "Sergeant"! :(
     
  15. Borgminister

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    Sort of anticlimactic, but not as horrible as I had feared... it sure leaves the door open to the viewer writing their own continuation of the Dexter story, but for a series finale in this genre, it was disappointing on a "meh" level. To say nothing of leaving Harrison with Hannah in Argentina being a viable option. Lazy writing not to have figured out a way to have Dexter perhaps end up there and hint at a happy ending until he reads a headline of injustice perpetrated and raises an eyebrow.
     
  16. Obiwanshinobi

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    wow, absolutely terrible ending. A bit of a cop out too.
     
  17. Locutus of Bored

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    Since his record is still inexplicably and inexcusably clean, I want to see him branch out into advertising:

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    Maybe take out rival cleaning product mascots like the sinister serial killer Mr. Clean and the infamous Snuggle, who strangles his victims to death with their own snuggily soft bedsheets.

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    And if that falls through, maybe he can get a job with the NOAA or the National Weather Service as a stormchaser, since he can apparently survive hurricanes and tornadoes without any protection.
     
  18. Savage Dragon

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    The more I think about it the more it seems like this finale wasn't the finale they first planned. This episode could easily have been written differently to lead into an 8th and final season, which I believe they were planning at one point. This could explain the slower pace and extra stuff they threw at us like Masuka's daughter.

    Of course I could be completely wrong.
     
  19. Turd Ferguson

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    Am I mistaken, or wasn't Dexter at one point concerned that Harrison might end up like him since they were both born in blood (Harrison in Rita's bathtub blood)? So now I guess Dexter doesn't give two shits if Harrison becomes a serial killer and get caught?
     
  20. Locutus of Bored

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    Well, he's being raised by a serial killer single adoptive mom who barely knows him and is on the run from the law, so what could possibly go wrong?