Dexter Finale Review: Goodbye

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After what has been a slow, boring final season, Dexter's season finale delivered drama and excitement not found in other episodes this season. Or last season. And maybe even the season before that. It wasn't perfect by any means, but it wasn't a complete disappointment.

There was blood. There was heart. There were F-bombs. 

After a rather lackluster final season, "Remember the Monsters" (mostly) delivered.

Dexter Finale Scene

While there were definitely things about tonight's finale that didn't work, like the flashback to the night Harrison was born (awful, awful wig, costuming department), the Dexter series finale was mostly a win as far as I'm concerned. 

We've spent eight seasons wondering how it would end.

Would Dexter get caught? Would he die?

As it turns out, the ending was a little of both.

Was it just me or did Batista and Quinn seem to know Dexter wasn't acting in self-defense? I sort of got the feeling that the understood that he'd taken Saxon out on purpose and allowed him to walk away because they would've done the same because they, too, loved Debra Morgan. They knew and understood where he was coming from.

Dexter's one anchor to the world has been Debra, and theirs has always been the central relationship of the series. She, with her sardonic, F-bomb dropping ways, has tethered him to the world of normal humans. Losing her shined a light on the reality of his darker nature. 

RIP Debra Morgan! 

I didn't expect Debra to die, but was there any other way for the series to end? The Morgans don't work without each other. Dexter taking Debra off life support was heartbreaking and really showed how important the two were to each other.

He was selfish in dropping Deb's body in the bay. Other people deserved the chance to say goodbye to her, too, namely Joey and Batista. And that's really one of my chief complaints about the episode.

But there was something so perfectly selfish--so perfectly Dexter--about it that made it work. Dropping Deb's body into the ocean was Dexter's way of saying goodbye to everything about his life as Dexter Morgan since his sister was part of his moral compass.

The other part of his moral compass was Harrison. I won't lie. I choked up a little when he said goodbye to Harrison and told the boy to remember every day how much Dexter loved him. Saying goodbye to Harrison wrecked Dexter, and Michael C. Hall captured that brokenness so well I want to hand him an Emmy for his performance.

Dexter's attempts to live in both worlds, that of a serial killer with his own code and that of mere mortals, caught up with him and he paid the ultimate sacrifice twice as a result, first with Deb and then with Hannah and Harrison. But it's really those sacrifices that show how far he's come in his attempts to be normal.

He could have continued to live amongst those he loves, but Dexter believed that he would only cause them pain. Whether or not that may be true, it wasn't a risk he was willing to take. In steering into the storm, he accepted the darker sides of himself and eschewed human connection.

My other complaint about the episode was that ending. Dexter faking his death and choosing to stay away from his Hannah and Harrison sort of cheapened everything about his driving into the hurricane. I liked it better when I thought he was dead.

There were definitely moments where I rooted for Dexter to get on a bus or a plane or a boat and be with Hannah and Harrison. Part of me really wanted that to be the end and it makes no sense because this isn't the show of happy endings.

But as he laid out his tools in Saxon's cell, I found myself rooting for him as a killer. And that part of Dexter is the crux of Dexter and the message tonight's episode delivered.

Dexter is a killer. Ultimately, he can't have a happy ending because he's a person who does bad things. He might evade authorities, but he still pays the price because he ends up alone.

RIP Dexter Morgan. 

What did you think of the Dexter series finale? Did "Remember The Monsters" do the series justice? What would you have done differently?


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Deb said in an earlier season to not ever leave her as a vegetable. To just pull the plug. Dexter killing himself would've been the easy way out - giving up. He didn't kill himself because he knew he had to live with the consequences and not be a pussy. I don't like that Deb died but if you don't think Dexter was a good show then you don't know TV.


The series finale was HORRIBLE!!


I think they did spend enough time on harrison throughout the series he was kind of just there. Dexter says harrison is his life but the show never showed that. and i find that dissapointing,


Everyone keep asking why couldn't dexter end up with Hanna, let me tell u why it's because this show isn't 90210. If he ended up happy then it wouldn't be dexter. So stop the bullshit as if this show is a fucking show that cares about endgame and happily ever after. Sorry bout the anger #darkpassenger


I love Dexter so much watched the whole 8 seasons in 13 days, just couldn't stop lol, I'm absolutely made up he didn't die, think I would still be crying now lol, sad deb had to die :( feel so bad for Harrison :( just wish they could have all had a happy ending Xx


I am now pretty sure that we are all sad for Dexter's pass-away and I now that we all respect the fact that he is anymore longer here with us . thanks for reading my speech please put a comment back thanks


Naturally, I knew I would be let down with the ending. All shows that get canceled end the wrong way. As much as I didn't like Deb, I didn't want her dead, I was looking forward to her and Quinn being back together. I thought they would of killed Dexter off in the end but giving up his son to Hannah. Put on your big man pants and join Hannah and Harrison and be happy together. He finds someone that gets him and he does the world a favor by killing the guilty. I thought it was a good season except for the last episode. I don't think it was time for it to be canceled. Next up, how will they ruin True Bloods last episode for the fans. Anyway, loved Dexter and his dark passenger. Off to read the books now.


Wow... The only good thing about that episode to me was the scene where he killed Saxon. It reminded me so much of when he set up dokes (hitting them and then running out of the room real fast) Amazing. Then the ending came and made it suck.


Everyone thinks dexter should of killed himself. Do they not remember Dex's dad asking him if he ever thought of killing himself and Dex said that no that is pathetic. So no-one shoiuld be surprised that he didn't kill himself. The whole series was based on Dexter wanting to feel normal and live a normal life with feelings. So that means he tried to get away from the killings. the scene that no-one mentions is Dexter on the Balcony saying "i know feel what everyone else feels and i don't like it." this show could've been called BREAKING GOOD. My fav series, not the most exciting ending, but very good and smart. I enjoyed all 8 seasons. Most memerable season final was when Rita was killed.


Debra should have lived for Harrison...I hated the ending, which will be my last series of that type. The ending ruined the whole series for me

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