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Dexter Season Finale Review: The Ruined Reveal

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Dexter finally went there to conclude season six. It aired the scene many viewers have been clamoring for for years: Deb witnessing her brother in all his blood-filled, Dark Passenger-based glory.

Many fans may believe this will make up for an incredibly sloppy, disjointed, suspense-free season. I have no doubt the producers are banking on that, as sites and message boards and water coolers will now be dominated by talk of where things will go in season seven.

But don't count me among those cheering because we're seemingly headed in a new, exciting direction. I can't let go of how we got there.

A Panicked Dexter

It was simply a mess of a season. Two cases in point from the finale: Travis is literally feet away from Harrison in Dexter's apartment... only instead of snatching him (what, was he afraid of Jaime? Is she tougher than the cop on the roof he killed without hesitation?), he sneaks into the children's pageant and does the deed there. Why? Simply because the script called for it.

And are we really meant to believe that not a single police officer had stepped inside the house where Travis painted that mural? No one had seen Dexter's face painted on the wall because EVERYone was waiting for the blood splatter specialist to arrive? We've seen enough crime scenes on this show to know that's never happened before.

That sort of leap in logic, that kind of desperate attempt to drag the season out, littered almost every episode. It was lowlighted, of course, by the insulting Gellar-is-dead reveal, which was as transparent and as terribly-written as any storyline on any show in recent memory.

So, really, there's no point in over-analyzing "This is the Way the World Ends." It was as heavy-handed and predictable as any other outing. And, really, it's not what anyone will be talking about tomorrow. I find it hard to believe anyone cares about the fate of Travis Marshall; or LaGuerta's words of rooftop wisdom; or Quinn and Batista's pointless bickering, which almost came across as a wink-wink from the writers that nothing outside of Dexter matters (these two fought, Batista tried to get Quinn transferred, and the end result was... nothing. It was just Quinn telling Batista he won't be getting transferred).

All anyone will be discussing is The Moment.

Let me state this: I'm glad it finally took place. I am VERY curious to see how the show will handle this discovery going forward.

But, my goodness, I'm appalled at how it got there. Why the writers felt it necessary to throw in the disgustingly misguided notion that Deb is in love with Dexter is positively mind-boggling. Really? Is that the only way they could come up with her arriving at the church? Because she simply had to tell her sibling how she felt at that moment?

And, really, did the writers have so little faith in the Deb/Dexter relationship as it had been constructed that they had to conjure up this wayward storyline because they think the reveal will now have more of an impact on Deb? It's legitimately insulting to all those who have watched the show from the beginning.

The Deb and Dexter connection has been the focal point of the series. They have been brother and sister in every sense of the world. As I wrote last week, it's been refreshing and unlike any other male/female relationship on television. It's also simply been very well done. Did any viewer doubt the love between this pair? Did anyone feel it necessary to throw an incestual wrench into the show, as if extra gravitas was needed for when Deb finally found out her brother's secret?

And does anyone even think this development accomplishes that goal? Are you more curious to see Deb's reaction next year because she's in love with him, as opposed to "merely" loving him?!?

To watch Deb give Dexter some sort of lovelorn look when he got close to her was nothing short of gross and staggeringly tone deaf on the part of the writers. NOBODY wants to see these two together. (Okay, correction, in our poll of nearly 2,00 readers, 24% wanted to see them together. To all of them, I say: EWWW.)

Look, Dexter has been through three showrunners. Seasons four, five and six were each manned a different person. It's very difficult to maintain consistency in these situations and it's possible Scott Buck, the current head, wanted Deb to have feelings for Dexter all along, but he could only implement his vision now that he's in charge. I obviously have no idea.

But I do know that the constant changing-of-the-higher-ups has had an impact on the series as a whole. To many, myself included, season four was the apex; season five a letdown; and season six an outright mess. Am I anxious about where events now go on season seven, based on the final moment? Of course.

However, I'm also upset that this season really served as nothing more than a set-up for next season (can I get 11.59 hours of my life back, please?) and I'm absolutely mystified by the decision to mar the Deb/Dark Passenger discovery by the former's unnecessary, repulsive revelation of love. I'm more confused than angry. What ON EARTH are the writers thinking?

What did everyone else think?

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Granted while there were some leaps such as everyone staying out of the crime scene or not attacking Batista's sister, to call this season appalling is idiotic, foolish and irresponsible. I loved the twist about Gellar actually being dead and I never leave comments but this writer is an fool beyond measure. I would have you fired and beaten than sleep with your wife while your tied up than Dexter you

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Every year, I buy the DVD set of Dexter and watch it all in a couple of weeks. In my humble opinion, 3 year with John Lithgow HAD been the best season. I watched Season 6 and devoured it in 2 days. I thought the season was the absolute best. I never saw the twist coming with the freezer in the basement of the church. I was totally played. I gave the writers a high five on that one. Standing ovation. The season was fantastic and looking forward to next summer when I buy Season 7........

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*After all, who all is left for her at this point? Horny pervert lab geek Masuka? Spanish lady's man n ever so suave Batista to piss off LaGuerta even more? New Chicago guy that -like Lundy- initially clashes wit deb's unorthodox ways.. Opposites attract tho n'est pas? Matthews, in the direction ov daddy issues, what's better than daddy's best friend wit the added benefit ov age/experience a la Lundy?
I mean really, wit the way Deb makes her rounds I'd say Dexter is the most logical option consistent wit deb's taste, adoptive brother or not. I don't think the writers were being sloppy or lazy at all. yikes end ov last post got cut off too. Jeeez..

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*It's nothing new to find brother ov bf or ex attractive too since they share genetics etc, realistically dexter would have traits that remind deb ov Brian which would eventually have triggered something whether shrink said anything or not. sorry, somehow the end ov the second last post got cut off there. I apologize for any confusion ^_^

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I don't find it shocking at all, I think it's actually very much expected considering deb's pattern ov problematic partner selection lol yah if the writers had dexter reciprocate said sentiments then it may b awkward considering how hard it is for him to feel normal while always trying to act normal or appear normal.. Dating ur sister sounds more serial killer than normal I'm sure Harry would have a lot to say on this subject to get dexter in a mentality to shut deb's interest in him right down asap but yah her thinking there's something there I'd say is totally typical n in deb's case very much expected.
After all, who all is left for her at this point? Horny pervert lab geek Masuka? Spanish lady's man n ever so suave Batista to piss off LaGuerta even more? New Chicago guy that -like Lundy- initially clashes wit deb's unorthodox ways.. Opposites attract tho n'est pas? Matthews, in the direction ov daddy issues, what's better than daddy's best friend wit the added benefit ov age/experience a la Lundy?
I mean really, wit the way Deb makes her rounds I'd say Dexter is the most logical option consistent wit deb's taste, adoptive brother or not. I don't think the writers were being sloppy or lazy at all.

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Who has been the only person in her life to aid in reversing said insecurities n support her unconditionally?
All her shrink was trying to say is that it's Freudian for her to project her romantic expectations on a sibling, biological or not, n deb's head ran wit it.
Shrinks never say anything concrete, they hint n imply n suggest n whatev the patient chooses to run wit becomes the next issue to unravel.. But ov course the bulldozer that deb is she instantly goes racing in without thinking.
Ov course dexter isn't the love ov deb's life, but I don't think this "disgusting incestuous" whatev ppl are calling it, is so surprising.
Deb is a pinball that falls for every male peg she hits so it was really inevitable for her to bump into dexter at some point, esp after relations wit his biological brother..
It's nothing new to find brother ov bf or ex attractive too since they share genetics etc, realistically dexter would have traits that remind deb ov Brian which would eventually have triggered something whether shrink said anything or not.

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I really doubt that nobody else has noticed how Deb bounces from relationship to relationship wit predictable lack ov consideration for what she's getting herself into. Deb appears to have issues wit being single n often develops 'feelings' for whoev she's pushed up against.
Deb without fail constantly 'falls for' whoev she spends the most time wit. FBI shows up so she falls in love wit head ov investigation. New partner Quinn becomes sexual partner. Only lead in tree trimming killer is CI Anton so ov course she falls into bed wit him.
Deb is deeply lonely n desperate for male approval which again is textbook daddy issue behaviour, so whoev stands closest to her ends up wit her..
So why are we so shocked when, at a point where every romantic tie has been severed for Deb, she discovers (or thinks she's discovered) feelings for the only man left standing??
Amongst all her personal complications, who has been the only consistent male in her life?

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(slaughtering sis in law, kidnapping nephew for sacrifice, all the crap that's happened to dexter, Lundy being shot etc etc) she still never crosses into paranoia or prejudice or anything negative. Always true to herself n always rising above.
That said.. Deb is far beyond emotionally needy. She falls in love wit her adoptive brother's biological brother without knowing n despite how creepy he is she doesn't realise he's the ice truck killer until far too late..
She continues to have relationships that conflict wit her work (Anton, Quinn, Lundy) and every single relationship she's had has been littered wit textbook complications like rushing into marriage or inability to commit, cheating, deception, etc etc which is ov course consistent wit how emotionally damaged she is n effect ov all her fathers actions (disloyalty to late wife -deb's mother- secret relationships wit his CIs plus all his other secrets that prove not to have followed him to the grave as he had clearly intended.. Not to mention his devotion to dexter's dark passenger causing his extreme neglect ov deb esp aft she loses her mother n needs him even more..)
Needless to say deb has endless relationship issues, daddy issues, insecurities stemmed from how the men in her life treat her n so on.

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Don't get me wrong I love deb n I especially love her ability to always rise to any occasion.
Each time she's faced wit something that she feels will destroy her or that she can't handle she proves to b stronger than anyone expected. I love her resilience, every time it's the end ov her whole world she finds a way to overcome.
Consider the things she been thru..
Would u still show up for work?
Would u still hold ur own within a mostly male dominated work place insensitive to personal conflicts n out tough even the toughest ov ur co-workers?
N on top ov that continue to rise above to b lieutenant over entire Miami police??
No most ov us would cry n b triggered by so many little things we'd convince ourselves we weren't capable or worth the things she barrels thru.
She stays tough, yet she never becomes jaded to maintain her strength. Even thru everything Miami crimes have put her thru n how close some ov these terrifyingly dangerous ppl have come to her family (slaughtering sis in law, kidnapping nephew for sacrifice, all the crap that's happened to dexter, Lundy being shot etc etc) she still never crosses into paranoia or prejudice or anything negative. Always true to herself n always rising above.
That said.. Deb is far beyond emotionally needy. She falls in love wit her adoptive brother's biological brother without knowing n despite how creepy he is she doesn't realise he's the ice truck killer until far too late..

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I'm afraid to say I was disappointed with how they handled this season too. It felt soppy and predictable. BUT I loved that Deb finally saw Dexter, I just hated that she had to be 'in love' with him to prompt it...

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