The reason no one can agree on the ending to Dexter

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Dexter the Blood-Spattered Smiley-Faced Serial Killer

I think the problem with Dexter is that there are two types of fans. There are the romantic fans that loved the idea of him being a “good guy” that has emotions and cares and loves that occurred during the second half of the series from Season 5 through Season 8. Then there are the people that enjoyed the show for what it originally was which was an actual psychopath with no emotions trying to survive in society by living within the code that made him into a true vigilante for justice even though he would prefer just to kill whenever he had the urge.

These are really two completely different shows. I don’t know if there was a way to write an ending that could satisfy the two different shows that Dexter had become over the years.

Personally, I am someone that was a fan of the first four seasons of the show and really did not like the “new” Dexter with emotions. Psychopaths do not all of a sudden learn to have real emotions. I enjoyed seeing the story of what it would be like to live as a psychopath and try to make it in the real world without getting caught and also trying to do good by the ideals of our society. I didn’t start watching a show about a serial killer because I wanted someone that would end up as a regular person with real emotions that hardly ever killed anymore and only did so because of anger or revenge. I want to see something different and interesting that I don’t, and hopefully can’t or won’t, get in real life. I miss the “real” Dexter from Seasons 1 through Season 4.

So, depending on if you are a fan of the first-half of Dexter of the second-half of Dexter will probably determine how much you hated or enjoyed the finale to the series.

I stole this comment about the Dexter finale from msync10! It’s Shakespeare! (or not) Very nice.

dexter loves his fans reaction to the final episode

We love you, too, Dexter!

Yep, I thought this post was pretty cool so I stole it and posted it from msync10. Enjoy!

“The real Dexter finale for me was the end of season 4. That was a brilliant Shakespearean ending and frankly there was no more of the story to tell. Seasons 5-7 was like watching Hamlet: The Adult Years or Life after Romeo and Juliet. It was over. He discovered his humanity and realized he in fact loved a woman and had family not just a sham, integrated his father’s code into the reality of his life, was loved and accepted and forgiven by his wife and the mother of his child, dispatched his mortal enemy and still paid the price for his actions by losing everything in a precise mirror of the beginning of the story AND left the question open; will his infant son make the same choices?

This was a useless story. And if they had to go this direction, the true poignant ending is that he dies in a strom that ravages is city, which, as the announcer says has left the city untouched despite it’s violence. Why does he live? So we know he has nothing and is going to continue to kill?

Deborah goes into a coma simply to give him the ability to throw her overboard?

Horribly misguided ending and a truly courageous production team would have let this show die 4 years ago.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=20339975#comment-1055720140

You mean a show like Breaking Bad? 🙂 I hope Breaking Bad’s finale is amazing! It definitely seems like it is leading up to an amazing end. Only 1 more episode to go! 🙂

Yes, those things actually happened on the Dexter series finale. SPOILERS!

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Yep, this picture is actually a spoiler for Dexter. Sad yet embarrassing.

Some people don’t think that Dexter actually escaped the hurricane but the writer Sara Collette did an interview since the end of the show yesterday in which she said that he did escape. She said that she hadn’t thought about it because it wasn’t important because the show was always about hyper reality and never actual reality but she supposes that he used his inflatable raft with the motor to abandon his boat and get back to shore before the storm. Wow. She didn’t even think about that fact? What in the world did these writers get paid to do? They obviously didn’t do any research on serial killers or hurricanes or how parenting does not always effect the outcome of how a child acts and sometimes they are just made that way. Awful.

Leaked series finale to Dexter was actually a tiny bit better than the actual finale

Amazingly, the series finale leak of Dexter that everyone was in an uproar about that they said made people want to riot because it was so horrible was actually even a little bit better than the real ending that they finally filmed and used as the finale.

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Is Quinn the devil? Just kidding… maybe. Kinda. Who really knows? Not me.

http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2013/09/if-this-is-how-dexter-ends-we-riot/

The episode opens with Dexter and Harrison waiting in the airport for their flight to Brazil. Dexter has no idea of the events of episode 11′s conclusion. Harrison has a stupid line, If I remember right it was about his imaginary friend Dan not having a ticket, or won’t be able to fit on the airplane, or something. It leads Dexter to start teaching Harrison about how Dan is not real. Dexter’s oddly self reflecting speech is interrupted when his phone goes off. Hannah is panicking because Elway is right behind her, across the concourse. Dexter says he will handle it, and tries to calm her down, but his phone is interrupted by call waiting. Dexter looks and sees it’s Quinn and ignores it. We get a little humor as Dexter calls in a bomb threat on a payphone to the airport using a ridiculous, and slightly offensive accent. Once again, Quinn calls Dexter and Dexter again ignores it. The airport is evacuated just as Elway spots Hannah, but he has no chance to get through the sea of bodies separating them.

Dexter and Hannah meet up at a bus station outside the airport. Hannah embraces Dexter and tells him how worried she was. Meanwhile, Harrison’s wounds opened up a little so Dexter goes into the bathroom to clean him up. Dexter again gets a call from Quinn, after seeing he has seventeen missed calls. Dexter answers it prepared to be pissed at Quinn, but Quinn speaks first, saying what the fuck, and I’ve been trying to reach you for the last hour. You need to come down to the hospital now. Deb’s been hurt. Dexter tries to talk again but Quinn again interrupts him. “It’s bad Dex…” and it sounds like Quinn starts crying. Dexter tries to calm Quinn down, but even his voice his shaky as he asks how bad. Dexter’s inner voice comments on how annoying all these newfound emotions have been ever since he saw Vogel killed in front of him. Quinn responds barely fighting back more tears, saying that “They don’t think she’ll make it through the night”
Dexter tells Hannah what happened, and how he has to get to the hospital. Just then the tv at the bus station flashes with a news report once again calling Saxon a wanted man, then reminds people that Laura is making shore in the coming hour.

When Dexter arrives at the hospital, every one is there. It’s like a giant family reunion, with Quinn, Bautista, Masuka, Matthews, even SGT Miller is there. Everyone is somber and tries comforting Dexter. Dexter asks to see Deb, but some nurses inform him that that’s not possible.

Just then Elway shows up, and asks Dexter for a word. Dexter says it’s not a good time, clearly fuming. Elway presses, and Dexter says he will give him five minutes. Elway starts to say that he thinks Deb is helping Hannah. Dexter snaps and shoves him up against a wall And screams asking what he did to her. Quinn drags Dexter off of Elway as everyone else sits there in stunned silence, having never seen that side of Dexter before.

Dexter is still fuming, and he and Quinn duck into an empty x-ray technicians lab. Quinn tells Dexter just before Deb was shot, he got a call from her saying she had Saxon. He then fills him in on discovering Clayton’s body at the scene as well. Quinn says he has not told anyone that Deb called saying Saxon was captured. Dexter comes out of his rage for a minute and asks him why he hasn’t told anyone. Quinn says because lethal injection is to good for that fucking monster. Dexter asks Quinn why he is telling him this, and Quinn tells Dexter to “cut the shit” that he always had his suspicions but he looked the other way because Dexter forged evidence for him when he needed it. He tells Dexter he figured it out several months ago, around the Travis Marshall case. He tells Dexter how he sees the good in it, even going as far as saying Dexter has done more meaningful things than Quinn ever has. Dexter falls back into a chair and starts bawling. He tells Quinn everything, how he let Doakes take the fall for BHB, how Deb found out, how Deb killed Laguerta to protect him, and how he could not kill Saxon and has totally lost his urge to kill because of Hannah, and that he was planning on leaving the country with her. Quinn tells Dexter he will do it. Dexter gives Quinn the M99 and tells Quinn to watch out for a few of Saxon’s tendencies. Quinn goes out to hunt down Saxon. He has the Dexter’s knives that Saxon used on Clayton.

Saxon is trying to use the chaos of the hurricane and rely on people’s fear of his public image to flee Miami. Before he can leave, however, there is one last thing he needs. We don’t know what it is yet. We do know Saxon is growing very impatient with traffic, and, well, you know what happens when Saxon loses his temper…

Back at the hospital Dex is washing his face in the bathroom, and again the voice over comments on emotions but admits that the cry he just had was relieving. Elway is still in the waiting room but can see that Dexter is torn up so he keeps his distance. Matthews puts a consoling arm around Dexter and leads him to another room. He too is visibly saddened. He begins telling Dexter of the last few conversations he and Harry had before Harry’s death, and the whole time you’re sitting there waiting for the massive reveal that Matthews knows everything. Despite the scene being incredibly tense, nothing comes of it. The Matthews knows everything theory can finally be put to bed.

Quinn followed Dexter’s advice, and finds Saxon at Vogel’s house. Quinn pulls out his gun and spies on Saxon, trying to figure out what he’s up to. Saxon is frantically searching for something. Finally, he finds it on a bookshelf, his mother’s record of Mamma Cass. Quinn reveals himself, asking what a monster like Saxon would want with a record like that. Saxon comments on how it is one of the few things in his life that is “pleasant” for him. Quinn makes Saxon get rid of all weapons and sit down at the table. Saxon does. Saxon is bone chillingly calm in this scene, which makes it so much more tense for Quinn and the viewers. Saxon coldly says that the police officer he shot was nothing personal. He merely saw her as an obstruction to his freedom. Quinn flips out on Saxon, to which Saxon replies that he will always have an upper hand because he has no emotions, echoing Dr. Vogel’s thoughts from earlier in the season. Quinn realizes Saxon is right and tries to calm himself. He asks Saxon to tell him a story. Confused, but obviously flattered, Saxon begins to recount how he faked his death and escaped an insane asylum, but in the middle of his story Quinn M99′s him under the table.

Back at the bus station, Hannah and Harrison are both freaking out. Dexter arrives and tells them they are going to Quinn’s place. Hannah tries to ask Dexter what is wrong but he refuses to tell her. Elway tailed Dex, but does not see Hannah. He follows at a distance but despite some fancy editing, again finds nothing.
Dexter goes back to the hospital. The nurses inform him Deb is in a coma and will need to undergo surgery. Dexter goes in to Deb’s room, but can say nothing. He cries and holds her hand and then says that is all he wanted. He leaves the room.

Lights flash on in a dirty room, and we realize we are seeing something from someone’s perspective. A blurry face slowly starts coming into focus. It’s Quinn’s. We are given a normal view and find that Quinn has taken Saxon back to his mental hospital and strapped him to the same chair that Saxon strapped his victims to.
The next scenes run parallel to each other. Wording may get confusing.

Deb is being prepped for surgery

Quinn rips Saxon’s shirt open.

The surgeons lay out the surgical tools on the table.

Quinn lays out Dexter’s knives on a similar one

Dexter watches from behind a glass as his inner monologue begins to speak about personal decisions, and their consequences

Quinn chooses a knife as Saxon look on, bound and horrified

Dexter’s monologue talks about the monsters inside us all at one point or another in our lives, and how they can be channeled for good, but mostly just go on to destroy everything we love

Quinn is talking to Saxon. About his past, about his time at the institution, about Cassie, about Zac, about Vogel, about Clayton, and about Deb. At the same time you can tell a moral battle is waging on inside Quinn

Deb flatlines.

As the doctors rush to resuscitate Deb in slow motion while Dexter watches on, his inner voice comments saying so this is what it feels like to lose part of yourself as Dexter is dragged away by nurses and, though there is no sound of it, quite obviously screaming.

In that same moment, Quinn, who is now breathing deeply, sweating profusely, and crying slightly, decides to plunge the knife into Saxon’s chest.

Saxon manages to say “Exhilarating, isn’t it” just as he dies. Quinn is no longer crying, no longer breathing deeply, no longer uptight. He is calm, and relaxed. In another slow motion shot, he stands straight up.
Dexter is waiting with everyone else in the lobby as the surgeon comes out and shakes his head. Even Masuka sheds a few tears in this shot.

Dexter goes back to Quinn’s and tells Hannah what happened. She comforts him. Quinn walks in the door and tells Dexter it’s done. Dexter tells Quinn Deb is gone. Quinn seems numb to the news. He tells Dexter he needs to get them all out tonight, that he saw Elway’s car a few blocks down.

They cut the Slice of Life free and set it on fire, and Quinn says he will vouch and say the three of them got on the boat and attempted to sail away. He gives them his car and Dexter thanks him for everything. Fade to black.

 

What happened with the series finale of Dexter? Ask the writer!

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I wish this was true! He never came back after the end of last season.

Wow. Some horrible responses from the writers of Dexter regarding the finale. Enjoy?

Interviewer: The finale didn’t give closure to those in Miami Metro, especially Quinn (Desmond Harrington), who lost Deb in the end.
Colleton: It was always a story about Dexter and Dexter’s journey, and since he’s exiled himself from this world, you’re going to have to use your imagination. I think Quinn was devastated. He finally found his match.

Why kill Deb?
Colleton: It was never about Deb’s story. It’s about Dexter’s story. Just like in Season 4, when Dexter played fast and loose with Trinity (John Lithgow) and Rita (Julie Benz) died. Here, Deb is the most meaningful person in his life and he’s the most advanced he’s been as a human being. The price you pay for being a fully alive, aware human being is the true nature of his crimes.

The finale didn’t give closure to those in Miami Metro, especially Quinn (Desmond Harrington), who lost Deb in the end.
Colleton: It was always a story about Dexter and Dexter’s journey, and since he’s exiled himself from this world, you’re going to have to use your imagination. I think Quinn was devastated. He finally found his match.

Interviewer: Did you consider other possible endings?
Colleton: There was never any other way. Two years ago we plotted this out. There may have been little different mechanics along the way, but it was always going to be that the ultimate punishment for his hubris was the death of Deb, who is the touchstone and soulmate of his existence.
Let’s talk about Hannah and Harrison. She will now have to raise him in Argentina. But I was always curious to know whether Harrison would’ve inherited Dexter’s urges. Is that something you could explore in a potential spin-off?
Colleton: There have been a million spin-off ideas right now, but absolutely nothing is being contemplated. It’s just that Hannah is going to have to raise Harrison. I don’t think Harrison has any tendencies. Dexter has been an exemplary dad. That’s one of the ironies. In attempting to fake it, he became it.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/09/23/dexter-postmortem-sara-colleton-jennifer-carpenter-dissect-end-serial-killer/#ixzz2fioDQXzx

Are you KIDDING me? The writers of a show about a SERIAL KILLER know so little about serial killers that they think that Dexter raising him the right way is going to keep him from being a serial killer? Wow. Unbelievable. Maybe they could have tried just the tiniest bit of research on a subject that they are writing about and getting paid to write about! She also mentioned TWICE that it was a story about Dexter and not about anyone else. Yeah, exactly. Who cares about anyone else? Forget them! It’s just about Dexter. Even though they said that, it still doesn’t seem like they even realized that much! A show about a serial killer that forgot that they were writing about a serial killer. Fantastic!

Yep, I am complaing about the ending to Dexter. Awful!

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On a lighter note, here are The Bay Harbor Butcher and The Trinity Killer sharing a laugh! 🙂

The show runner of the Dexter from seasons 1-4 told their idea of how they would have pitched the show to end. I actually thought their idea was kind of ridiculous, too. I really HATE when they make ANYTHING in entertainment into anything that resembles a dream or anything that will make it into something that is not really happening or didn’t actually happen within the show. It’s already fake! It’s entertainment! Why not at least make what we are watching real within itself. That way of doing things is just a complete cop out for the writers that can not figure out how to make it work in reality or cannot write well enough to figure out what will actually work within the world they created. To me, it is not about trying to make me think, make me feel like I shouldn’t make bad choices because bad things will happen to me. I already know that! I know what real life is like! How about giving me a great escape for just a little while and some decent entertainment that actually makes sense within the world you created whatever that world is? That’s the entire reason I watch entertainment. I don’t watch it to learn a lesson. I don’t watch it to try to figure out my own ending (unless you’re paying me to write the damn show, too, LOST and THE SOPRANOS). Anyway, to make a long story longer, the Dexter show runner from season 1-4 had an idea of making it into a dream style sequence type thing that was the entire show happening between the beginning of Dexter being strapped into the execution table and the time the drugs were flowing into his body to kill him. All the people that he killed in the few seconds in his mind in between being strapped to the execution table and the drugs being induced were the people watching him being put to death in the viewing room. I HATE dream sequences or anything that warps time or fakes anything within the world that was created. Come on! Give me a break! Come up with something within the world you created! Nothing that all of a sudden breaks out of that world! I guess that’s how Dexter actually did end but I still hated that ending, too. It didn’t seem true to the reality of the first 5 or 6 seasons or Dexter. Everything changed in the past few seasons and definitely within the last episode. In other words, I hated it. I could think of about 10 different endings that would be better than that! Maybe they’ll pay me to write a new last season or last episode. I’ll do it! Give me the money. I’ll take on the challenge. Now back to your regularly schedule bull-shais. Hopefully BREAKING BAD will stop the ridiculous trend of horrible endings to great shows. I guess we’ll see next week. So far, so good. Please dear lords, god, goddesses, Buddha, whoever I need to pray and beg, make this be a good ending. I trust these writers more than I have any writers before now but I still worry since it seems like every great show messed up their ending in recent memory.