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.