TV Review: ‘Dexter’ Finale’s Sloppy Sendoff

Dexter Series Finale Review

Despite moments, the finish underscores show was past its expiration date

Dexter” had been running on creative fumes the past few seasons, and Sunday night’s series finale — despite its emotional flourishes — merely underscored that this was a series well past its expiration date. Some of the sloppiness in the finish was perhaps the biggest surprise, given how meticulous its serial-killer leading man usually is.

For starters (and be warned: SPOILERS lie ahead), the show took its time this season before finally settling on an antagonist for Dexter, played brilliantly, as always, by Michael C. Hall. But the notion of essentially giving him a spiritual twin — another killer, with similar appetites, born to the woman (Charlotte Rampling) who helped devise the vigilante “code” devised to constructively channel his homicidal tendencies — felt like a bit of a cheat.

Perhaps foremost, though, the series wore out its welcome with the various cartwheels performed surrounding the relationship between Dexter and his adopted sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). Initially a key connection to humanity for Dexter, Deb went from doting sibling to woman with semi-incestuous crush on him, from hard-bitten cop to accomplice, albeit grudgingly and guiltily, in his murders.

Sunday’s finale — written by Scott Buck and Manny Coto, and directed by Steve Shill — brought closure to all of that, but in the most expedient way possible. And while one can appreciate that the police would be sympathetic toward Dexter essentially exacting vengeance against the man who shot his sister, it’s hard to envision a scenario where a suspect is fatally stabbed in the throat while in police custody and the cop who did it just walks away, no harm, no foul. The show’s set in Miami, not L.A., for crissakes.

The best part, arguably, dealt with Dexter’s internal struggle regarding whether it was possible for him to live a “normal” life, even if that meant fleeing the country with his girlfriend Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski), herself an accomplished killer; and his young son. Dexter’s ultimate choice might have had a certain poetry to it, but its backdrop — against the cleansing tide of a massive storm — felt a little too steeped in symbolism and melodrama. (One can also question whether Hannah is really an ideal guardian, given her background, but at this point, why quibble?)

At its best, “Dexter” set up engrossing cat-and-mouse games, pitting its eponymous antihero against killers every bit as determined and twisted as he was. Understandably, that level of narrative discipline proved difficult to maintain, which perhaps explains the Dexter-Deb contortions undertaken to compensate for it.

For Showtime, the series’ place in history is certainly secure — not only ranking as one of the pay channel’s first original hits, but the springboard that helped launch its Emmy-winning breakthrough “Homeland.” Dexter might have left behind “a trail of blood and body parts,” as the character observes in the finale, but TV-wise, the series cast a long shadow.

That said, it was long since time for the series itself to breathe its last. And in this case, that farewell came too late to feel satisfying — or merciful.

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  10. Richard Nasburg says:

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  11. OBXconsumer says:

    Ugh!!! I do not agree. I feel the show was perfect – as Dexter was perfect – and I certainly did not want to see him die or in prison on death row, etc., etc. I suppose you really don’t understand the psycho-sociologic implications after all you have been through of 8 seasons of watching Dexter, his every action and thought, if you cannot see that his leaving and separating himself from all that he “needed” would be the only solution – and symbolically separating himself from even us as well by having no narrative of his inner thoughts as he left. The fact remains, we are probably just angry that he left at all. Bravo.

    • Moses says:

      I wanted to watch GOOD DRAMA. The show had produced very good TV for 4 seasons, but ran out of ideas and an arc for the character by season 5. We knew that Dexter couldn’t get close to anyone by this point, it was obvious through numerous story-arcs, his freaking wife was killed because of him. We didn’t need another 4 years hammering it into our heads, making each and every character act terribly stupid and Not interesting.
      Good drama for a show about a Secret Serial killer would have made the Dexter-Debra reveal MUCH better and it all should have came at the end of season 5 not 6 which was too Late. It should have been a whole season of drama, JUST like Hank VS Walt plotline in Breaking Bad. They didn’t do this and it ruined a potential game changer.
      Good drama for a show about a Secret Serial Killer would have made Dexter VS. the World a storyline. Didn’t you want to see Angel, Masuka, and Captain Matthews find out about Dexter’s true self? That would have been heartbreaking, and just pure amazing storytelling. Real writers Kill for those Moments and yet they chickened out. The whole world could have discovered what kind of serial killer Dexter was, and he could have caused an entire debate about whether he was doing good or bad, to show that some people actually supported him.

      The show should have went six seasons. Season 5 about Dexter recuperating from Rita’s death, and more about Dexter being off his leash and breaking the rules and then finally reconciling and realizing that the Rules saved him countless times, but only for Debra to find out the Truth at the end.
      Season 6 would be the final season with him and Debra going toe to toe, and having Debra finally reveal the truth to the world and Dexter having to going on the run, leaving his son because he isn’t the hero anymore, only to be arrested months later and sentenced to life in prison.

      The final scene could be years later where a 20 something Harrison visits him in jail for the first time, and there is a moment where Harrison hints that he’s picked up his father’s mantle and is killing too.

  12. Tam Warner says:

    The worst ending ever. I mean, it is embarrassingly STUPID. I couldn’t have made up a sillier ending. It ruins the whole series!

  13. Some one! says:

    i finished watching episode 10 of last season then i said lets have a look at the last 2 episodes….
    deb was dead…ohhh great so i just clicking and in 20 min dexter is closed.
    disapointed at i gusss the not ok part is deb just dont fit.

  14. innocence says:

    Masuka’s daughter gets a job at the lab. Wow it’s so easy for pot-head maryhuana smoking strippers to find jobs these days, Miami Metro is hiring. (pot smoking stripper…i bet she is the daughter of one of the writers)

    My favorite, The outstanding tough cool Detective Quinn ends up crying like a little bitch. What an honor to finish the series…..instead of going out with a bang…

    Wanted by police: Hannah McKay picture on all TV networks and newspapers. Unfortunately there are no security cameras in Miami yet. And people don’t watch TV or read newspapers, oh, and also everybody has a short term memory loss….and police have no communication.

    Instead of finishing the series with a plot, a story that involves everybody, all major players, the team of Miami metro finally discovering the truth about Dexter Morgan.
    Masuka, Quinn, Batista, and the team. The shock, the disbelieve, the puzzle is solved…. and the chase starts the hunt for Dexter starts with realistic action suspense, intelligent plot twists….(maybe this was too much to ask for, after all i am not a talented Hollywood writer who gets paid millions)

    at least the cast did a great wonderful job, overal acting A+ …(except for that Oliver Saxon/Daniel Vogel son of dr Vogel….wow what the hell was that?! Hahahahahahaa….

    this finale was a big mistake !

    • Sharon says:

      Oh please come on guys. You’re missing the point here.
      Why killing Dexter?
      He finally reached his potential: a killer with a conscience, awareness.
      I loved the last seaon. There was hope, love, endings but also new openings.
      I hope there will be something like a big final on the big white screens.
      Why not? The ingredients are there.
      Perhaps next summer?
      Would be something to look forward to.

  15. innocence says:

    All 8 seasons , the exciting thing for me was how dexter will finally get caught. I could not wait …The ending of the series MUST have been Dexter getting caught or killed. That’s what it was meant to be, what it was building up to. This is what it’s supposed to be. Not only because he is a psychopath and will never learn or heal in anyway. And Don’t forget that Dexter made mistakes and he did kill innocent people (for example just to mention 1 innocent victim, the fashion designer in season 3 or 4, not sure which season it was) …anyway…after all that Dexter did, he goes Un-punished. This is what made me SICK at the finale. I guess that’s why they call Dexter “america’s favorite serial killer”.. ..people worship psychopath serial killers now? …what is wrong with this world?…what kind of sick society are we living in?…who writes this stuff? Who are the idiots who wrote the finale. You don’t understand what this series was all about ! …if you let Dexter get away with it….you are making him a hero….and that is where you go wrong….don’t you understand that????….you’re not supposed to idolise a killer, the series is about how he outsmarts the system, but finaly gets caught and punished. He would never punish himself or commit suicide because he has no feeling of guilt. He is a PSYCHO-KILLER …remember duh ! i was waiting to see how they will catch him !…his sister was the best to finnish him.

    Quin always knew something wrong about dexter, in season 4 Quin almost caught Dexter…but in seaosn 8, even when seeing the security video tape how dexter kills vogel’s son in prison, batista and quinn DO NOTHING. …”: ok Dex, we just watched you stab a prisonor in his neck…you can go, you have more important things to do…!!! lol….how am i supposed to take these writers seriouesly ??!!

    in season 8, quinn and batista and others are portait as stupid idiots. Nobody NOBODY sences or feels or notices anything wrong here? EVERYBODY forgets the investigation on Láguerta???…

    Debra dies suddenly by some mistake or complication during operation!!? …are these writers joking???…Give me a break, ….that’s same as ending the series with Dexter having a sudden heartattack or hit by a car, shit happens, so THE END.

    I was watching season 8 and laughing, how many bad guys did they introduce and exit? …who was that david beckham lookalike the son of dr Vogel. THE WORST BAD GUY EVER?…SURELY THE WORST ACTOR IN HUMAN HISTORY. …

    hanna macay is a good girl now? …psycho-serial killer poison ivy goes to jail…gets out as sweet loving caring mother. What an annoying persona.

    The Finale of Dexter was all about how HANNA macay escapes to argantina…..who caaaaares about her?????

    i am so disappointed and so sad…i am watching the Trinity season again just to feel better ,

  16. robert says:

    Breaking Bad went five seasons and never fell apart. I loved Dexter but series fell off cliff 2-3 yrs ago and never recovered. For me, this season was race to the finale. We’re here and no one cares that artistically they failed. I think Deb’s death was a mistake. Just happy it’s over.

  17. Cougarland says:

    Either Dexter should have been caught or should have gotten to Argentina. But for him to go all nuts and think his kid is better off without him is just stupid. He didn’t feel like killing anymore, and what happened to Deb was not his fault…and it’s not like she couldn’t get killed in the line of duty in the future when he’s not around. So just work it out with the hospital to take her off life support, have a little funeral with the other cops, then go to Argentina and screw that hot blonde like a bunny rabbit. End of story.

  18. Mike says:

    The best ending it could have had would be the police chief turning out to be the shrinks sociopath husband. Not dead, but a killer even more sinister and evil than anything before. They even had the setup for him to kill like Dexter did when he told Quinn to leave the family alone and stop investigating. Then, Dexter finds out that the chief murdered his father and it was not a suicide. He lost it due to Dexters father being close to his wife, which started everything rolling, and hence him trying to cover up everything about Harry to Dexter early on. Dexter could have killed him, ending the whole cycle as he is the one who prevented Harry from being there to help him more as a father. Then Dexter could move away as planned to Argentina.

  19. Heather Gonzales says:

    Not only was the finale lame, but the final season was ridiculous compared to the previous seasons.

    Two things kept bugging me regarding poor Hannah in hiding. Could she, Dexter or maybe even smart ass Deb have suggested that Hannah change her hair color, wear contacts or even sunglasses for Godsakes?!

    Secondly, maybe it’s because I love to cook, but hate shopping; Hannah seemed always have fresh ingredients……SHE’S IN HIDING RIGHT?! If she’s not trotting down to the local beach bodega for her Dolma ingredients, they could’ve at least mentioned a grocery delivery service.

    After the Sopranos and now Dexter finales. I’m not terribly interested in following, nor committing my t.v. time to anymore must-see Premium channel series.

    I’m gonna stop watching Boardwalk Empire while I’m ahead. Frankly, I just want to watch until the creepy, incestuous red-head has a bad ending.

  20. Oren Sachs says:

    The end of Breaking Bad gives me a fantasy where Jesse goes north becomes a logger and meets Dexter. They become friends and move to Argentina where Dexter is reunited with Hannah and Harrison.
    Jesse falls in love with a teacher and he helps teach English to Argentinians. He becomes a loving teacher who cares about his students like Walter White at the beginning of
    Breaking Bad.

  21. Hmmm.. In my opinion, I think many here have it all wrong. I *really* liked the very end of the finale.

    I think what the writers are saying is that with no one to love or live for he has now let go and is the ruthless, evil, serial killer he always truly wanted to be. To hell with the code… He’s given in to the Dark Passenger. Dexter was always the handsome, Miami dressed (bright colors, light pants, etc) guy. Not any longer. Cold climate, drab clothes… The exact opposite from his normal life. I think he’s now a cold blooded serial killer. The “good” Dexter is gone.

    I never saw that ending coming.

  22. Maribel Castro says:

    Hi my name is Maribel Castro I didn’t like the final Dexter why u kill deb I think people would off like for deb and Dexter be together and they kill together i don’t the final so i am not going to watch it anymore sincerely Maribel Castro

  23. mitchacho says:

    I think the season went in the wrong direction once they killed off Zach Hamilton. There were many great possibilities with the whole ‘teach Zach the code’ sub-plot that were thrown away. For example, Zach could have discovered in his own investigations that Deb killed Laguerta and then killed her. Technically he would have just been following the code, and any retaliation by Dexter would have highlighted his hypocrisy. I would have liked to have seen Dexter ‘found out’, perhaps confessing his crimes in response to Deb’s murder and in turn taking down Zach by the letter of the law. I believe that the core tension of the series lay in the audience wondering if Dexter would get caught, and this tension was neglected in the last season.

  24. Martin Jackson says:

    Am I the only one who liked the ending? Yes, it was a weaker season but for me it really was like loosing a friend. We knew people would nit pick.

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  26. Seth says:

    It would have been better that Harrison would have seen Dexter get killed (bloody) so he would become the new Dexter.
    Or at least had him reunite for crying out load.

  27. Marq says:

    I think that if they had given the Dexter final season and finale to ‘Dexter-series greatest enemies on television’, this season could hardly have been worse. Unbelievable.

    It really angered me to see my favorite actors struggle till the nauseating end, accompanied by nobodies that should never even have entered the series in the first place.

    Kudos to MC Hall… what a fall since Six Feet Under and Dexter, two of the all-time greatest series.

  28. Inna says:

    I have to say that I did not like most of the season, but I do not think that it has to do with the quality of the writing or the directing. I think I was angry at the show for leaving me. Therefore I think that there is no ending that can satisfy me. I did not want it to end. The show become to be a friend that comes to visit once a week, as the closer to the end it got the angrier I was at the show. I am sad that it is over. Also, I do not know how one can survive such a storm, but I am glad that Dexter did. His punishment is to lose all that he has not appreciated before. The moment he learned to love, to care, was the moment to lose the loved ones. He killed bad people (mostly) thus he does not deserve to go to prison. Death is an easy punishment or even not a punishment at all. Life is harsh punishment. Life without Debra, without Hanna, without Harrison, without his work and friends – this is a punishment he deserved. It also gives me hope that may be some day he will decide that he punished himself enough and that he misses Harrison and Hanna and he will find them

  29. Lawrence B says:

    I think many are forgetting that Dexter was not born a sociopath. He was not born with a mental illness caused by an imbalance or malfunction in his brain. The story tells us he dissassociated himself from his feelings to cope with the unbearable pain of losing his mother so horribly before his child eyes.

    Therefore Dexter’s ability to empathize was there when he was born but lost. The storyline constantly showed us Dexters desire to empathize with others and become normal. He longed for it and the storyline kept leading him slowly along with some failures and successes toward the reawakening of his empathy and a normal future.

    So it would have been very fitting for him to finally shed his cocoon so to speak and come out into the world with a fresh start, being able to feel for others and relish his own emotions for the first time. It would have been fitting for him to finally achieve and enjoy a healthy familiar relationship with his sister Deb.

    I don’t think It was in character for Dexter to give up his son. Now after all his achievement on the road to reawakening and healing we are to believe he would just give up because his sister died at the hands of a serial killer. Dexter is too smart for that, and far to loyal to his son and Hannah. It just didn’t fit and it didn’t feel right to see Dexter fall backwards into an empoverished existence. He is a brilliant man and he would never have settled for such.

    It would have been much better for Deb to accept Quins advice that she should deal with her guilt by living to do good and for her to retake her place as a detective without Dexter killing anymore and causing her angst. It would have made sense for Dexter not to have reconnected with Hannah but end the series with a healthy relationship with his son and expressing his monologue to this effect in a non brooding way in contrast to his past to demonstrate to the audience that he and indeed regained the empathy he was born with. They set that up well with his conversations with Dr. Vogel, how she was in some disbelief over his feeling being genuine.

    They should have left us with Dexter beginning a hopeful new life without his desire to kill dominating him but his desire to care for his son and sister taking its place as they lead up to for so long. Perhaps he should have left his blood spatter job telling us his fascination for blood went away along with his desire to kill. Rather he could perhaps become a detective like his sister where he could use his keen insight to solve murders as he was so good at always being many steps ahead of the rest in that regard.

    They didn’t have to turn away from a happy ending just because the show had been so dark and edgy. We could have had our happy ending but still been left with a witty ending monologue and that young clean shaven Dexter stare straight into the camera that made us wonder if his sinister side was really gone or just dormant as a warning to all those killers out there who think they can get away with it.

  30. TCantu says:

    I tried to read all the comments to this article but my iPad kept freezing and losing place. With that said, I have a few things to add, and if they have been mentioned before, my apologies:

    1) There is no way that everyone was going to be satisfied with the finale. It had a lot more symbolism than a lot of the past few seasons combined and too many people are trying to look at it as it is.

    2) Something that many people forget, as I believe the writers did as well going from season 6-8 is the real meaning of sociopathy. There is no attachment, there are no feelings, and no remorse. They simply don’t give a fuck; they give less than or equal to zero fucks about social norms. Which is why Dexter always mentioned trying to find a way to feel for Rita. Also, why Hannah was ‘sad’ for 15 seconds when she found out Dex died, and then it was time for ice cream!!

    Natural born sociopaths rarely, if ever, are ever able to change who they are. I think that this was the biggest downfall that killed the last two seasons, was that they tried to give them feelings and attachment.

  31. Bob Mck says:

    The last season lost the plot completely. From best writing and acting to worst writing and direction, though acting was consistent, they were strangled by scripts. When you write for big and small screen remember, you get to use pictures. Dexter wander through final season mumbling about his demons and feelings, and it just didn’t work. No season-long villain (John Lightgow, Dexter’s brother the “Ice Truck Killer”), too much dialogue, too few dead bad people. Writers Scoot Buck and Manny Coto – too lame to be believed. “I’m going to kill you with a Bic pen,” is more of a Bruce Willis move…and he walks right out of the station. It felt like they did 42 minutes, then said we’ve got to wrap this up in 8 minutes – Dexter kills that bad guy (we don’t care), then buries his sister (really, she’s the one that dies?), then runs into a storm, then suddenly appears as a logger sitting forlorn. Really? You’re just going to sit there. How about we see you with new person on the table in logging camp? I get the “everyone I love dies” bit, but come on–no moral compass here? Mid-way through season, who really cared about the characters (Shrink, son) wandering in and out. Too many other great possible endings, but this one surely ranks at the bottom of the pit for bad series finales. And Steve Shill directed this fiasco of a finale.

  32. I didn’t feel like the last episode made enough of an impact to be rememorable. I understand the meaning of all the things that happened but I disliked the fact that Deb died. In my eyes, what would have been a great ending would have been 1. Saxon collected all the files/notes on Dexter from the Dr. 2. Saxon sets up his kill room knowing that Dexter would find him there and go to kill him. 3. Dexter brings all his tools to “destroy” them since this would be his last kill. 4. Batista and Quinn arive on the scene after following a lead only to get there and see Dexter drive the knife through Saxon in a room litered with evidence and even the video recording of Dexter killing him. 5. Deb arriving on the scene seeing her brother in cuffs and headed to jail. 6. Quinn playing the ultimate “I knew it card”, Batista with the surprised look on his face, Masuka doing the blood work on the scene in awe and Hannah driving by Dexter’s house/apartment as its raided by the cops.

  33. I agree with the writer of this piece. The series was poorly written for some time now.

    IMO ‘actress’ Jen Carpenter’s ‘Deb’ character should have been kiboshed long ago as well. Though obviously due to her on/off screen dealings with ‘Dex’ it wasn’t in the cards. A shame really for she’s a dreadful actress. Daytime soap bad.

    Those bashing Strahovski’s ‘Hannah’ character & not changing her appearance- come on! 50% of the women in the US are blonde. Natural & otherwise, collectively. Their so commonplace this day and age they ALL look the same. Again jmo.

    I’d wished the show would have focused or delved more into Dexter’s technician colleague. He was quite funny.

    Again the series was decent for most of 2-3 seasons. Though that seems to be the case for most shows today.

  34. Diana James says:

    The entire last episode was just garbage. The ‘flashbacks’ to Harrison’s birth were HORRIBLY acted, and the oh-so-obvious bits of ‘this would never happen in real life’ were just stupid. As so many already pointed out: Hannah making zero changes to her appearance whatsoever but somehow making it to Argentina with Harrison; Dexter killing Saxon right there in the jail and getting a very gentle questioning about it before being released; Dexter just walking out of the hospital with Deb’s body; Dexter somehow surviving that hurricane only to end up exiled to the woods. This was so poorly put together and a real insult to anyone who’s watched Dexter since the beginning. The series deserved a better ending than this.

    • Sandi says:

      Very well stated by Diana James; I completely agree! It was laughable that Dex got away with Deb’s body. Add to that – Quinn & Batista must be terrible cops to not see what’s been going on under their noses – not to mention the fact that their storylines, and the one between Masuka and his daughter – never got closure. Elway just sits and watches Hannah while she puts a very suspicious container of tea in front of him and doesn’t know she’s getting ready to do something to him? I wouldn’t want that inept P.I. working on my case! And why on earth wouldn’t Dexter just send Harrison to live with his grandparents and half-siblings!? That’s Hollywood for ya. Oh well.

  35. Peter Dallman says:

    What was left off was Dexter’s extended family, his son’s step family. This had some potential to add richness to the story. Why he chose to let a serial killer raise his son instead, his fear of his son’s potential. As to letting him off, if they booked him he is out on bail and off anyway, they just avoided a messy time waster. He had gotten away so many times he had to get away in the end so, yes it was anti-climatic. They should have started the wrap up in last season and really worked the story instead of the obvious leaving the door open with that ending.

  36. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    Oooookay, we’re going to make this the last piece about the Dexter series finale (since we do our best not to stew in negativity here). Well, we can’t promise it’ll be the last, but we’ll stick to next-to-last for sure…

  37. But then what do I know? says:

    I wanted Dex to start over with Hanna, happily ever after. If he had insisted on killing Saxon and was plagued by doubts about his humanity. his Dad could have popped in to remind him that even a decent person might take revenge for the murder of his sister, leaving his humanity in tact.

    On the other hand, the existing ending might have made more sense had his killing of Saxon culminated in a chase, where he somehow absconds with Deb’s body and drives his boat into the storm to escape capture thereby committing suicide. For a happy twist, he could have somehow survied the storm (not sure how), washed up on shore, and then made his way to South America.

    I have to admit, though, I was getting really tired of the series over the past few episodes.

  38. Jeannie says:

    Here’s an idea. It has never been done before. Due to popular demand, Showtime can do a new final season for Dexter. In fact, every year, they could do a new alternative ending for Dexter. Kind of like Groundhog Day with plastic wrap! It could go on for years!

    • Courtney A. Bechen says:

      I completely agree. I was livid after watching this garbage dump of a finale. In fact the last season lacked any creativity.

      You would think that Showtime, the writers AND the cast would have stepped up to the plate and made sure the final season had more depth to it.

      That being said some of the posts giving alternative ending made more sense and in my opinion would be way more climatic.

      I hope Showtime writers read these comments and take note.

    • Sandi says:

      Brilliant idea to do a series of alternative endings! I’d watch.

  39. Bryan Littrell says:

    We want a NINTH Season or an Alternative Ending instead of this garbage!
    Debra Morgan into water???
    His body will float on a Miami beach in minutes!
    It’s incredible. Nobody seeks Harrison???
    Interpol doesn’t seeks Hanna after what she does??? (She keeps her blond hair afer all?)
    The Dark Passanger is more dark now?
    Mazuka’s daughter is the real Masuka’s daughter, only that?
    You forgot that Dexter has become an hero, the psychopath counterpart of evil psychopaths?
    What’s happen with the Showtime’s screenwriters?
    Guys you must repair this with consciousness!.

  40. Jeannie says:

    Dexter Fans,
    Don’t despair! Jeff Lindsay, the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the book upon which season 1 of the show was based, has just come out with another Dexter novel (there have already been 5 or 6). I have not read it yet (It’s called Dexter’s Final Cut) but it may be more satisfying than the TV finale, which admittedly, broke my heart!

  41. not a great final season and a really hacked ending to the series – Hanna is sought by every law enforcer in Miami but is happy running around in public without even a wig? id cut and dye my hair and wear hats and sunglasses religiously. very poorly written, such a shame

  42. David Moore says:

    No way Dexter goes from loving the only true thing in his life (Harrision) to leaving him alone with Hannah for the rest of his life. Very poor conclusion.

  43. JimmyGlitchy says:

    I really wanted Dexter to be happy. He seemed to overcome his urge; replaced it by another, completely different need. Since most of us – me included – are more or less fucked it was a heartwarming feeling, imagining a brighter future for him.

    Lowry defenitely got a point, highlighting the sloppiness of the final season. Despite that I think some great moments emerged – just to be seen the series’ writers. When having a look at the whole series there have already been some definitely weird situations where it was fair enough to ask oneself: “How the hell could he make it out there untouched?”

    Therefore I expected the final season to end with a hollywood-like happy ending. To see Dexter alive, moving trunks, knowing he is all alone is pretty unsatisfying for me =(

    • Araboth says:

      I guess Dexter is supposed to be the UniBomber now? Yeah, why was Hannah not even changing her hair color or getting colored contacts. Why is he dumping Deb in the place he puts the rest of the scum.? Did you all sit around and think, he how can we say screw you, to all your viewers. If that is what you were looking to do, well you succeded. Thanks for the worst ending ever. Makes me want to cancel Showtime and never watch anything they do ever again.

  44. mondongo says:

    The ending story was right. Dex cannot have a normal life, he’s sick. If you like happy endings, go and watch a Disney movie.

  45. Tony says:

    I was really hoping when dexter the lumberjack walked into that cabin we would see a plastic wrapped room with a body on the dining table and then a (second) fade to black… Now that would’ve been great! Other than that, this was a fantastic finale and an even better series as a whole.

  46. bobby says:

    Dexter was a great show. The first six seasons were fantastic. The finale was horrible ! It left a bad taste in the mouth of it’s faithful audience.Poorly written and very unrealistic. What a shame they butchered a great series with such a lousy finale. Shame .

  47. Robert Krantz says:

    How did Dexter survive the brutal storm that tore his boat to shreds?

  48. Kevin says:

    I was shocked Dexter would “dump” Deb’s body in the same way he did all his victims. I thought the entire season 8 pretty much sucked.

    • Erin says:

      100% in agreement!!

      • Danny says:

        It wasn’t in “the same way he did all his victims”. For one he killed Deb out of love, and not out of some fulfillment of a code, second she was wrapped in clean, white and flowing cloth and he could clearly see her face as she sank away, whereas his previous kills were all in black, bound plastic. Quite a stark difference.

  49. Brandon says:

    I have been watching this show since i was 13 and am now 19 and have always been a huge fan. I am very disappointed to see that dexters life turns out to becoming a lumberjack. Not to mention how out of character it is but I guess its the writers way of showing how the “robotic serial killer evolved into the emotional man who was able to love his family so much that he faked his own death to let his family have a better life.” I think it would’ve been better if he died IMO, would’ve been a better ending and more dramatic. And mistake me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure it is Dexter who was adopted, not Debra.

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