@bsko and others that brought it up: The ending also made me think that maybe, just maybe, Lana did make all of this up. After all, she was there in the beginning to uncover whatever lurked at Briarcliff to gain higher ground at her job. She went under the pretense of doing a story on their bakery. A 'fluff piece' as it were. She really wanted to get the scoop on BloodyFace. I don't recall that flashback convo with the whole 'evil staring right back at you' happening between Lana and Jude so maybe it was all in her head. Next season is supposed to be only 10 episodes. ???
A horrible finale. The only episode that was truly capable of terror was the 2nd to last. Why are people expecting happy endings on a horror based show? The alien story made absolutely no sense. What happened in the woods with Jude and Kit's kids? Why was Kit an alien target? Seemed that everything Lana did was in the name of her career. She knew all along a bit of reverse psychology would work on Johnny in order to kill him. How did the recording get on Ebay? Seriously? It really should have been Jude that took down the Monsignor. Lana was no 'saving grace'. It was always about appearances. Take down BloodyFace, get a book deal. Take down Briarcliff and the Monsignor, fame. Win/win. She said 'No more death' and decided to have Johnny. Granted, he did with his life what he wanted to, but considering the source, you could say his murders could be tracked back to Lana because she knew what he was made of and therefore capable of. I loved Season 1 so much more than this. What a shame.
Finally, an episode that was truly creepy. The problem isn't Briarcliff, the devil, aliens, crooked church leaders, nazi regime doctors...It's our minds. It is fear, paranoia, greed, lust and just how fragile our minds can be under certain circumstances. Lange's performance as she realized she had missed out on 2 years of life she could not remember, and her paranoid thoughts that 'her' story was sold to Hollywood was gripping to watch. As was the scenes with Alma and Grace. While I can understand each side, Grace's obsessiveness was excessive and certainly scary. I have no feelings for Lana anymore. She's about as callous as Jude first was and as cold hearted as Thredson. Sure, she sold the 'Maniac' story rights to Hollywood, but she lied about things in that book. What did she do with the recording she took when she left Briarcliff? She says she 'found her voice', but all she's doing is obsessing over the evil and the unknown, much like Grace.
I wasn't a big fan of this ep. The devil has been wreaking havoc at Briarcliff and all it takes to take out the darkness is a fall from great heights (and some help from the Angel of Mercy/Death). Didn't that angel also give the kiss to Grace? She seemed to know a lot about everyone and everything a few eps back, was she unaware of these aliens and their ability to bring the dead back to life? I still don't see how the alien story will fit in anywhere and the entire 'The Name Game' song and dance routine was nonsense. Was it to show us that Jude's mind is still sharp despite the high voltage shock therapy and her slowly recuperating? Thredson's character is becoming boring. Just placed there to intimidate and make sure Lana gives birth. If Lana really wanted to give it to Thredson, she'd call the Angel of Mercy/Death again.
I think most are a bit harsh on the reviewer. I didn't take what she said to mean this season was slow as molasses. It wasn't. All other seasons of Dexter were him following his code and fulfilling his Dark Passenger's wants. While showing us Dexter not 'truly' living a real life, but showing a facade that only few saw through. They died as a result of that. This season was slow in the sense that instead of Dexter being at the forefront and everyone else just extras in his play, everyone had spotlights on them. Sure, there was killing on this season, but it was mostly to 'scratch an itch' or for the overall theme, 'survival'. Most of this season was filled with dialogue that gave the characters a much richer, deeper root into Dexter's world. Can't say as much for Quinn though lol. This season was about development and discovering.
There will be no rest for the wicked next season. I'm thinking that Hannah isn't just gonna leave a flower and go to Argentina. Like Deb said, you gotta watch out for poisoners, they're 'sneaky'. When Deb lost it in the shipping container, I actually felt for her. She was backed up against a wall, she had to make a choice. This season relied heavily on choices we choose or not choose to make. Hannah told Dex he was supposed to choose her, LaGuerta telling Batista, Deb and Matthews they all needed to be on her side. Deb more or less because Maria had footage of her buying gas. Did that evidence get destroyed? We saw Dex in LaGuerta's apartment but it didn't show him finding anything. Will that dvd resurface next season?
Wow! I knew Hannah poisoned Deb, her explanation echoed Dex's thought in the previous episode: Deb was in the way. God forbid Dex would have to actually spend more time with Harrison. Now that she's on the loose, Dex knows he can't trust her and she can't trust him. This ep kept showing us over and over people showing their 'true colors', Dex to Doakes, Estrada's wife to Dex, Hannah to Dex and so on. Dex wants to believe so badly that Hannah is in love with him, that the life he has now is 'real' and he doesn't want to run from it. Her actions clearly show otherwise. How about that bloody bite she gave to him? Psycho! If Deb hasn't unraveled just enough this season, next season I feel she will be just crushed. Devastated.
How on earth will all these loose ends be tied up? Where do the aliens fit into this? If Grace is alive, how is she pregnant and full term? She died with a botched hysterectomy. Why do people on this show start believing the most ludicrous of things? Could anyone honestly believe Killer Santa guy was truly rehabilitated? Did the Monsignor's ego get over inflated by Sister Mary Eunice telling him that he belongs at the Vatican? If she wants to ride his coat tails there, what are the devil/demon's plans after that? Was great to see Dylan McDermott come back, again though, if he believes he is the son of Bloodyface, then Thredson must have been caught? Too many questions, not enough answers!
It's not so much character development as it is characters deconstructing. Carrie is still beyond troubled. It always feels like one step forward and ten steps back with her. Nazir was supposed to be this mastermind terrorist who proved to be quite clever. His final episode completely threw all of that out of the window. As for Brody being a 'success' story, I don't see how that could be possible. He was made to help the CIA because it was either that, or prison. Everything that looked 'noble' to the public was all a ruse. He saw Carrie getting away, he didn't have to kill the VP. But he did. He helped with the assassination. He's still a traitor to the country, I don't see how he could redeem himself after everything. He pretty much painted himself into a corner.
@Suzanne: I fear the same thing, that the show is headed towards that direction. This season has been a strong indicator that Dexter's world is unraveling. He hasn't been as careful as he always thought he was. I feel like there will be some crazy momentum in the final season, where Dexter's impulses will go in overdrive. (Like how he immediately went after the guy that put the hit on his mother.) Abandoning his Dark Passenger and throwing all caution to the wind, I keep thinking that Dexter will go out while driving a knife through a main character. Maybe LaGuerta? Much like the Doomsday scenario, Deb will catch him in the act, but I doubt it would be just her. She may put a bullet in him as a result. Okay, I really hope it doesn't play out this way! lol
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