The Dexter series finale had something for everyone, or nothing for anybody, depending upon your point of view.
Yes, Dexter finished up on Sunday night. The question is if it really ended.
After eight seasons on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada, and originating on Showtime in the United States, Dexter, the series, is no more. The final episode was all over the map, much like the entire final season had been.
Consider this a big-time SPOILER ALERT, as details follow immediately.
After years of speculation, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) didn't die at the end. But we have no idea how he didn't die, if that makes any sense.
Dexter's sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) was not so lucky. The bullet she took at the end of the penultimate episode led to a blood clot and a massive stroke. She was brain-dead until Dexter, overcome with guilt, put her out of her misery.
After Dexter dumped Deb's body in the ocean – fitting, since that's the way Dexter, a serial killer with principles, usually disposed of his victims – Dexter uttered these words in the voice-over mode that was used throughout the series:
“I destroy everyone I love. I can't let that happen to Hannah (his girlfriend), to Harrison (his son). I have to protect them from me.”
Dexter then steered his boat directly into the path of a coming hurricane.
The wreckage of Dexter's boat was found. It was assumed there were no survivors. But that assumption was wrong.
After a fake ending, there was a scene at what appeared to be a logging company, presumably in the Pacific Northwest. We got a glimpse of a man from afar, a man with a beard. Could it be?
Unless Dexter has a doppelganger, then yes, it was him. But the way this series has gone, I wouldn't rule out anything.
The series ended with Dexter in a rundown abode, looking straight into the camera, silent. Has he ever contacted Hannah or Harrison? Is he killing again in the land of Bigfoot? If so, does he use an axe now? Does he know all the words to the Monty Python lumberjack song? No answers are provided.
There were so many things that happened too easily and too conveniently in the finale that you couldn't even count them. For example, Dexter sure got uninterrupted and isolated access to the incarcerated Oliver Saxon, and to a comatose Deb, pretty easily, didn't he?
And what was with the medical staff that diagnosed Deb? All of us, as viewers, knew there was something wrong with her brain, but neither the doctors nor Dexter picked up on it. If this series taught me anything, it's to never get sick or require police assistance in Florida.
Dexter has come to a close with only limited closure. The finale did not save a fatally flawed final season. I used to love this show. I didn't have much love left by the end.
Let Dexter keep what little dignity it has left. Please, I don't want to hear anyone talking about a movie.