Jul 29 2013
And that’s a wrap folks! Thanks for tuning into this final season of Dexter, where everything worked out just great and we only needed five episodes to tell his final story! It’s one of brotherly love and family bonding and it all works out in the end!
But seriously, that was a rather weird episode of Dexter that appeared to tie up the major plotline of the season right under our noses. I was waiting for a big turn in the final moments of the episode (Vogel stabs Deb! Deb crashes the boat into shore!), but none came.
So, what exactly is going on? It would appear that the two main conflicts, Dexter vs. Brain Surgeon and Dexter vs. Deb were wrapped up in a neat little bow last night. The latter is quite impressive specifically, as only forty minutes earlier, Deb had just almost killed Dexter, and by the end they’re bonded more than ever. I was happy that Dexter finally got mad at Deb for acting crazy, however shortlived that ended up being. “Oh…you! I could never stay mad at you for something as silly as attempted fratricide!”
I have a thing (a bad thing) about people touching my feet, so this is pretty much my worst nightmare.
As for the first bit? Well, I’m not sure we have to continue to question Vogel’s motives as surprise, she really WAS in danger from one of her crazy ex-patients, and did in fact need Dexter’s help to resolve the situation. Many of us suspected this was some grand form of manipulation, but really, the only “bad” thing Vogel’s done is write down some notes on the whole process.
What I am NOT convinced of as of yet, however, is that AJ actually was the brain surgeon killer. Yes, it’s awfully convenient that he had a piece of his brain removed, but it’s weird to give a serial killer two separate MOs, killing women with an anti-obsession about feet, and then killing regular dudes (or making them kill each other) and hacking out a piece of their brains to leave on her doorstep. And note that AJ never actually mentioned doing that. The focus was only on the girls. Yes, he went after Vogel, but only after he learned she had sent Dexter after him.
So in short, I don’t think we’re done with this plotline, despite the happy ending we got this week. If we were, that would mean we’re stuck with all the stupid subplots we’re currently enduring, and they’re simply crafting an entirely new story for the last seven episodes, which would be a pretty stupid way to structure the last season. I am still waiting for Hannah to show up somehow, though that really doesn’t feel like natural story progression at this point.
Jamie wins the award for “character I was sure would die three season ago but is still here.”
And yes, the subplots continue to get progressively more stupid as time goes on. Quinn is tasked with solving the most bland murder the show’s ever seen, obviously committed by Kid McCreepy, but he can’t pursue it because the family is a big donor to Miami Metro. The drama! And what is Daniels even still doing there? Didn’t he retire? I’m really, really, really hoping Quinn becomes relevant by the end of the season, but it’s not looking good. They’ve carved out this little piece of the show to be just a bland episode of CSI, and it sucks.
Then of course there’s the even more useless plot of Masuka’s gold-digging daughter who I predict, shocker, will turn out NOT to be a gold-digger. Deb will find something suspicious in her background check, Masuka will accuse her, she will cry, it will be some big misunderstanding. If there ends up being any more to this plotline I will be surprised.
The best part of the episode was Dexter figuring out a clever way to get out of dinner without pissing off Jamie. The second best part was him killing AJ with that curtain rod like Jason would kill a whimpering teenager in a Friday the 13th sequel.
I don’t know, this season isn’t at all what I expected. I think the brain surgeon will end up being the ultimate big bad, and the fact that it’s being kept secret for this long probably means that it’s someone we know. I would guess Hannah, but then they really shouldn’t have publicized her return so much. Past her, I’m not sure who else it could be who is even still alive at this point. Lumen? But what would she have to do with Vogel? If it was just some other random, I’m not sure how impactful that would be. Or I could have completely misread this entire situation and AJ really was the brain surgeon, but that would be the strangest situation of all to me.
What did you make of last night’s rather conclusory episode? What about the season as a whole?
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