Dexter 9/22/2013 (S08E12) "Remember the Monsters?"

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  1. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    Yeah, me too. You don't bite the hand that feeds you. These people will all need work in the future.

    Too bad Showtime had to put in their 2 cents.
     
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    My initial knee jerk reaction was one of disgust too. They should have stopped at him steering into the storm and the media aftermath. But after thinking about it for a few hours I came to the conclusion it was a fit ending.

    In the beginning of the series, Dexter struggled with understanding how everyone else could create connections with others. He began to understand it with his sponsor Lila, who he could tell everything, and his girlfriend then wife Rita, who he told nothing.

    He didn't start to form true connections till Harrison was born, he saw how his true self revelation affected Debra, and his relationship with Hannah, who he was willing to leave his life for to protect.

    Throughout this time he always blamed himself for anything bad that happened to people close to him. When Debra suffered her nonrecoverable injury, it was the last straw. He realized that even Harrison and Hannah would be eventually succumb to his "curse".

    After "taking care of Debra" he decided the only option was to be alone. Without his connections to ground him in his humanity his dark passenger took over and he became your run of the mill serial killer. That's what his "mad eyes" in the last scene meant to me.

    Once again the writers of the series made me feel sorry for a serial killer. It would always surprise me when I found myself rooting for or scolding Dexter for almost getting caught. Great series!
     
  3. Bierboy

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    Because, as Dexter said in his voice over, he destroys anyone he's close to....he can NEVER be close to Hannah and Harrison again without destroying them.

    (Finally got around to watching the final ep...)
     
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I understand the writer's rationale. I just don't agree with it, and I don't think most viewers did, either.
     
  5. pendragn

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    Like has been said earlier in this thread, the writer's weren't allowed by Showtime to end it the way they wanted. This was the only way then could think of for Dexter to "get his" in the end. The writers agree that the ending wasn't optimal.

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  6. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time

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    I don't recall. Did the writers say how they would have preferred to end it?
     
  7. pendragn

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    I haven't read anything that says what they wanted to do, but I read an article that said Showtime told them they could not kill Dexter at the end. That article is linked earlier in this thread.

    This Cracked Podcast also talks about it, and they talk about what the ending should have been.

    tk
     
  8. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Earlier in the thread I think I linked to an article that had an interview with the prior show runner, who discussed how he would have ended it.
     
  9. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Dexter might have ended on a low note, but this guitarist still managed to capture the magic it had at its best: http://youtu.be/N32Z4Act7To
     
  10. photoshopgrl

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  11. Hoffer

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    I never did watch the last two seasons. Everyone seemed to say not to bother. Maybe this will motivate me to get that done.
     
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  12. Steveknj

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    I'm not sure how I feel about this. The ending was such a poop show, that I'm inclined to just let it completely die. On the other hand, most of Dexter was fun to watch. Having recently watched Micheal C Hall's other big show, Six Feet Under, I've wondered what has happened to him? I haven't seen him on anything recently (though perhaps he's just on something I don't watch). Hopefully they can sort of "rewrite" the ending. This might be worth subbing to Showtime for a month when the new season is over and binge it.
     
  13. Hank

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    I tend to agree with SteveNJ... the ending was horrible (and the last two seasons), they just lost their bearings on the theme of the show.

    But if it's really just a 10-episode mini-season and that's it -- hopefully they got their mojo back and can produce something really good, and then let it die a better death the second time around. :)
     
  14. Dawghows

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    He's done stage work, both On- and Off-Broadway; a few smallish film and TV roles; some voice work in animation; and starred in the Netflix series "Safe."
     
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  15. dtle

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    What?!!? It ended in 2013.. not five years.
     
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  16. photoshopgrl

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    Too bad they can't rewind Deb's death.
     
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  17. sharkster

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    I loved the show from beginning to end. IMO, it was a good ending. Well, yeah, Deb's death sucked but as for Dexter there were a couple of things that I hoped would NOT happen and either of those happened. In that vein, I thought it ended in the best way possible.

    I will look forward to this limited piece. I've missed the show and I've missed MCH. :)
     
  18. Craigbob

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    I just wish the series had followed the books after season 1. Though the Trinity killer story line with John Lithgow was awesome.

    Maybe they can mine some of the books for ideas.
     
  19. smbaker

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    Maybe they could make the original finale be a dream. Generally I hate it when things get retconned like that, but in this case I'd let it slide. :)
     
  20. Family

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    Not me............
     

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