Where do I even start? 'Dexter' season finales always deliver the goods and this season was no different. From start to finish it twisted and turned and had you wondering which direction they were going. The best thing about the show though, is its amazing ability to do what wrestling did for us years ago, get us emotionally involved in the characters and everything that happens to them.
This season has by far given us the most amount of loose ends going forward. First off we have the state of the department. Deb let Travis Marshall get away, Matthews is forced to retire, Batista is trying to transfer Quinn and LaGuerta pretty much has free reign over everything right now. Given that 'Dexter' has signed off on two more seasons I think it looks like season 8 will be the last one and I really don't see a huge shake up in the homicide office, but things are definitely going to be awkward moving forward.
I also see Masuka's intern, Lewis playing a much bigger role in the next couple seasons. Since I got behind on my 'Dexter' this season and didn't get to write an article every week I didn't get a chance to share how much I've 'O'ed for the way Lewis has progressively gotten creepier and creepier. From the first time he said he was working on a game about homicide and finally seeing the actual game and from him deleting the eBay sale of the hand to him having the prosthetic hand to him drawing lines on the palm and sending it to Dexter. Vince McMahon should watch because that is exactly how you build a proper heel, dude has me creeper out and intrigued. I might be more excited about the Lewis storyline than I am about the ending.
An ending which was executed perfectly. From Travis showing up in Dexter's apartment and looking like he may kill Jamie and Harrison to him showing up at the pageant and the extremely tense chase that actually had me legit stressing out on my couch feeling sick at the thought that he might just kill a tiny child. Anyone who watched Travis walk with Harrison and sing him songs only to lead him to a roof where he planned to sacrifice him without feeling an intense hatred needs to see a doctor.
But of course Dexter makes the save and gets Harrison home safe before anyone even noticed he was gone. Then Dex being the ritualistic killer he is decides to set up his kill room in the church the cops have tabs on and the church Deb EXPECTS HIM TO BE AT. The dialogue between Dexter and Travis was such a great display of the contrast between the two. Dexter being the agnostic that he is and Travis being the devout Christian he is, both certain that the other is completely wrong. Amazing stuff.
Then like last season, we see Dexter making his final kill and we see Deb closing in on the kill room. One half of me is thinking "Oh shit, she's gonna find him." The other half of me is thinking that we're being shown two different times and that Deb is walking into a Travis-less room where Dexter is just going through his normal forensic work. But alas, Deb catches Dexter in the act.
"Oh God." What a perfect ending for this season. I only wonder how they can continue for two more seasons with Deb knowing about Dexter's dark passenger. One thing Dex and Deb have in common is that neither has the ability to let a crime go unpunished. While Deb may have let the Jordan Chase killers go last season I don't think she has the ability to let Dexter continuously kill people without being brought to justice. And let's face it, Saran wrapped, kill tools in hand, dressed in apron and mask, Dex can't exactly claim it was a one off. I refuse to watch a season of ' Dexter where Deb helps him kill. I also refuse to watch a season where Deb turns a blind eye. Luckily, I think they'll refuse to produce either of those scenarios so I'm really excited to see how this situation plays out. So this is the end of enjoyable television until next September. Happy holidays Osters!