Dexter series finale recap: Our Take on That Shocking, Strange Ending

The series closes with a surprisingly lovely, bold and moving hour. Here's what 'Remember the Monsters?' got right and wrong
Ep. 12 | Aired Sep 22, 2013

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) unexpectedly spends the entire series finale sitting in this chair staring into space.

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"I wish I could blame you for everything," Dex says mildly. "But I know it's all my fault." He tells Saxon he's forced him to look at himself, and the "trail of blood and body parts" he's left in his wake. "You took away this foolish dream that I could have a happy life."

Then Dex says: "I'm here to kill you with that pen."

A beat.

Saxon grabs the pen and stabs Dexter in the shoulder. Thank you! In a flash Dex grabs the pen back and plunges it into Saxon's throat, brutally killing him.

Dexter hits an alarm button with a calm flick of his finger. As guards rush in his faces breaks into a play-act of anguish. This scene is Hall at his best as Dexter.

Later, a confused Batista and a notably less confused Quinn watch the video of Saxon's murder.

"You don't even work here any more," Batista says. "How are we going to explain this?"

"I wanted to make sure everything was handled perfectly," Dex says. "I wanted to look him in the eye."

On the video playback, we see again that awesome alarm-button finger flick -- a little movement that says so much about Dexter's icy calm mental state right after murdering Saxon.

"Obviously self-defense," Quinn says helpfully.

Dex goes back to his apartment and thinks a very key line that pretty much sums up his entire journey after eight seasons: That all this time Dex has wanted to feel real emotions. "Now that I do, I just want it to stop."

And now... and now... things get a little weird.

Dex drives his SUV (hey, wasn't Astor supposed to get that?) back to his apartment (wasn't he selling that?) and goes for a drive on the Slice of Life (wasn't he selling that, too?). At this point, if not sooner, you're probably noticing the music this hour. It's been much more prominent and evocative than usual.

We see at the hospital all the patients are being moved due to the hurricane. Dex goes to Deb's room where she's laying brain dead. We wonder why he's wearing his stalker-kill outfit. Or maybe we don't. "I'd change everything if I could. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I can't leave you like this. I'm your big brother."

Then he unhooks everything. Dex tells Deb he loves her.

Deb is gone. Okay. Then he's wheeling her body right out of the hospital. At this point you're going: Huh. Then he's just picking her up and carrying her right past everybody outside. Now you're going: What the hell is he doing? And then he gets into his boat which is parked right in front of the hospital. And now you're thinking: My god, this guy gets amazing parking spaces everywhere!

NEXT: The big finish; What the finale got RIGHT

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