I'm a year late to the party. Hello.
The first season I watched was season 4, on it's first run on Showtime (when I had it for a short period). The combination of a well known guest star (in a non-comedic role) and
made for a very memorable season. I eventually got the first 3 seasons and they were pretty great, but different, what with Doakes and the character development I hadn't experienced. Season 5 was great with it's confronting of the issues from the cliffhanger. Season 6 started to lose me when they switched nannies without
explaining it. I watched through to the end, the series finale.
Commentary on last episode/season:
Like a lot of people, I wasn't quite enamored with the last episode, final act, and the epilogues. The rest of this will obviously be a spoiler...so spoiler tags when I can/feel like it.
I always thought there was a purpose to the things introduced in each season, a formula. I could expect a big bad and lots of little kills. I was okay with less little kills as Dexter grew. I liked to think that season 8 might have a really big bad or multiple bads. The kid was a possibility
, while the main bad turned out to be a sicko but not really any bigger than the others. He didn't seem to fuck with Dexter as much as Trinity. Not bigger, in other words. Maybe the Ice Truck Killer
would have been a neat final end, but did they think they'd only have one season and blow their wad too early (as so many series have)?
Dexter's biggest enemy was himself, of course, and that was the metaphor we were supposed to gleam from the season/series. Hannah nor Deb really made him confront himself. Not Harrison, and not the big bad. Maybe Vogel, a little.
Now time for fantasy and comparison. It should have been a 2-hour episode. In fact, I'd be glad if they still did that with a movie for theaters that picks up at the end of the penultimate episode, ignoring the last episode. This needed more closure. The secondary characters needed to be proved to have been important.
Something like a eulogy voice over for him and Deb? It felt careless to just drop them from existence as if they didn't matter. Only Hannah mattered?
So anyways, here's the fantasy (partly based on this fanfic
Oh, no, not a happy ending, don't worry.
Flashing forward a few until they're settled, we peek in on one of their perfect days. Dexter and Hannah are in kitchen, Harrison playing in the back. One earlier change before this is that when Harrison broke that vase, it wasn't accidental. Dexter, not seeing it happen, simply assumes so. Now back to the yard we see Harrison finding a new kitten to play with. He grabs it, running around the side (where the kitchen is) and the next thing we see and hear is a cat screeching from within the kitchen. Dexter and Hannah run out to investigate and find bloody hands and a bloody cat. They look at each other and know. A new narration by Dexter begins explaining how he knows that he can't fix these problems by not being there and that his son will need him to avoid living through a life like Dexter's.
Some of the other summing ups will be that Masuka and his daughter will take over the restaurant for Batista (who is sergeant and is too busy again) where the daughter will basically run the place and not have to work topless and stuff anymore. Joey's downward spiral will continue and he will give in fully to his bad cop status. This will place him as a future big bad (of the corruption kind) where he will fight Batista. We don't watch this, it's not the theme of Dexter, but we know what's going on now.
I hope others are still around that might like to discuss this. I'd like to hear your own thoughts.
Edit: wrong link, fixed.