Dexter’s darker side is revealed
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 22:08
With the exception of season three, the first four seasons of Dexter were the best the show ever had. Ever since season four, the writers have created dark and interesting material to start the season, but as the season progresses it evolves into absurd plot twists and drama ending in a sell-out feel-good ending. The last two seasons gave us suspenseful endings, but they still left viewers with plenty of absurd moments and silly plot twists beforehand. The good news is so far, the final season of Dexter has not followed the same pattern.
Dexter’s final season is doing a good job of answering the open questions and finally going down the dark road the show has been avoiding for some time. Early on Dexter was personable serial killer who murders bad people. The audience mostly ignored his dark urges and rituals and just said “Keep up the good work, Dex!” The show has hinted and flirted with the theme of Dexter being no better than his prey in the past, but it always stuck its toes in the water rather than jumping right into the pool. Dexter isn’t quite the good guy anymore. The writers are acknowledging this and pushing the material forward. They’re finally asking the audience if Dexter is any different with the possibility of the answer being no.
I’m not sure if the writers have the courage to kill him off in the end, but they have slowly built towards it in the last two seasons. Although his sister Deb is annoying, they’ve slowly been turning her into the heroine along with her ex- partner Quinn while showing Dexter for the monster he really is. Even Dexter is beginning to see what he may really be.
However, there are a lot of plot holes lately. For example, Quinn was convinced Dexter was killing people three seasons ago and hated him. He dropped his suspicions, but the moment that new evidence emerged and events happen that should arise some suspicion, Quinn just ignores it like it never happened. There are a few holes like this going on right now. It’s as if the writers haven’t watched or read their own scripts.
Are the writers and creators putting this forward intentionally or is it just happening? They certainly have been afraid to explore in the past and there hasn’t been so much build to it. To do the series justice and end it properly it really has to develop deeper. Even if we don’t get the ending we deserve where Dexter dies and we realize that that was what the show ultimately has been leading to, they need to use these themes and material before it ends in order to justify a lot of the mixed signals they have been giving us all these years. Right now, Deb isn’t sure if she can kill him, and I don’t think the writers are sure either. We’ll just have to wait and see what the finale has in store for us. For now, let’s just be happy they haven’t given us a ridiculous plot twist yet.