This is an interesting season of Dexter, as it doesn’t follow the usual format of “Big villain > small villains > useless subplots.” Well, at least not exactly.
Yes, there is a big villain this season, Ray Stevenson’s Isaac who is looking for justice for his murdered man Victor, and stalking Dexter who he believes is responsible. But the more pressing issue of the season is Deb, and her relationship with Dexter as the two of them try to reconcile after she learns his secret.
These past two episodes, we’ve gotten an object lesson in the form of Ray Speltzer, the woman-murdering ,Greek mythology obsessed killer who gets caught and released, caught and released until finally Deb realizes she does in fact want him dead. And Dexter, of course, is happy to oblige.
I was a little surprised Dexter didn’t go all the way and invite Deb to his little barbeque. Not that he needs her to do the deed like he did with Lumen, but I think it would have been a little more powerful if Deb gave the green light in person, rather than just feeling “glad” after the fact. But perhaps witnessing the act again would make her sick to the point of rethinking it all, as might tend to happen with anyone witnessing a live murder.
I’m an idiot and didn’t even get the minotaur/labyrinth thing until this week.
But in the end, I think Dexter has finally brought her around, and we’ll see them moving forward for the rest of the season as allies. Sure, she’ll be wary, but I think she’ll do her best to keep his secret, or even aide him on future kills in one way or another. I got my question answered from earlier this season about whether or not Dexter had told her about all of his past kills, which he hadn’t. He had to explain that he killed Trinity, and why Rita died in the process, which was a particularly powerful moment.
Moving on to the “arch baddie” Isaac, we understand he’s a dangerous foe, even if he is different than most of Dexter’s other enemies. He’s a serial killer in a practical sense, not through ritual but through organized crime. He’s already got three bodies attributed to him now (that forced suicide scene was intense), with presumably many, many over his history. But unlike past seasons, Dexter doesn’t even know who he is yet, and Dex himself is the one being pursued.
What do you make of the scene inside Victor’s apartment with the photo? If they were brothers, he would have said that, no? And I think Isaac’s a bit too young to be his father. Were they gay? Is that the reason for his sorrow, and why he doesn’t give the naked chicks at the strip club so much as a glance? That would have a subtle way to introduce that concept last episode.
The “previously on Dexter” scenes this week made a very specific point to show Louis’s blood spatter on Dexter’s boat, though that didn’t come up this week. Even if Louis turned out to be the ultimate red herring, I think his death will come back to hurt Dexter in the coming weeks.
For as much as I appreciate Yvonne Strahovski’s appearance on the show, her character does seem rather out of place with everything else that’s going on. She just screams THIS IS DEXTER’S NEW LOVE INTEREST, yet she doesn’t have any tangible significance to any of the major plotlines of the season. This season was supposed to be about Dexter and Deb, and so far, it doesn’t seem like there’s room for her. Though that might change.
“YOU ARE PRETTY AND FAMILIAR WITH MURDER, I LOVE YOU.”
La Guerta will be unleashing her find of the blood slide soon I imagine, and between that, Louis’s blood and Isaac hunting him, things are about to get pretty complicated for Dexter rather quickly.