Dexter Review: All He Wants For Christmas

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Maybe it was all the Christmas decorations scattered throughout "Do You See What I See?," but I feel like Dexter just gave us the gift of one of the best episodes of this season.

It wasn't without its flaws, like Quinn searching for Nadia only to find she's run off to Vegas, or gratuitous Masuka as an elf, but tonight's installment of our favorite serial killer drama had me looking toward Dexter's future as much as he did.

A Dexter Christmas

The opening scene tonight was Dexter, aged 15 years, living happily ever after with Hannah (who hadn't aged a bit) and Harrison, still killing when he needs to kill. It made me think "Could he do this forever?"

Sadly, the answer to that question is no. All things--good and bad--must come to an end.

Like Dexter's relationship with Hannah, which was both good and bad.

I found myself moved and saddened by his interactions with Hannah tonight. He's finally found someone who accepts all of him, but it can't last. It may be odd to say this, but it was almost touching when she basically congratulated him on finally having the opportunity to kill Hector Estrada. It was just a casual acknowledgement that this is what he does and she's okay with it. She accepts it.

But it was clear that her conversation with Deb wouldn't lead to anywhere good for she and Dexter. Deb and Hannah, the two women in Dexter's life, have been circling each other like animals before a fight all season long. Hannah decided to strike before Deb got the chance but perhaps miscalculated, thinking too highly of her skills.

All Dexter wanted for Christmas was for the truth to reveal that Hannah hadn't done what he knew she was capable of doing. Maybe he's been a bad boy this year.

Even if it turns out that it wasn't Hannah who poisoned Deb, and I'll admit to hoping for a twist like that, Dexter will never be able to trust Hannah. Not completely. He knows what she's capable of, has always known, and her method of killing, unlike his, is a little harder to see coming. Dexter wouldn't take that chance with Harrison or himself.

I'm not supposed to root for serial killers to be happy, but I did. However, the future Dexter and Hannah wanted was one based on the two of them being normal, everyday people, and the two of them are anything but.

It was almost heartbreaking to watch him turn Hannah in for the murder of Sal Price. The thought that she knows his dark secrets and is alive to possibly tell them is interesting as we look toward the finale and next season.

Dexter believes that the only moment in which he can live is the present one. That the future is too uncertain for thoughts about it to be entertained.

Well, he better start entertaining some thoughts because La Guerta is on to him in a big way, even after the evidence discovery in the abandoned boathouse.

I knew that she wouldn't give up her quest to prove that Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher after finding the evidence in the shed. It was too easy. She's nearly as rabid about discovering the truth as Doakes was before he died, which does make for a nice parallel.

Having Hector Estrada released from prison was a genius move on her part. She knew that if Dexter were the Bay Harbor Butcher, he wouldn't hesitate to take out Estrada. She's seen the kill room wrapped in plastic, which few have seen before, and knows that Dexter would have wanted him dead. He escaped, but what happens now?

Dexter's future is looking awfully grim at this point, but I'm excited to see if our protagonist will prevail.

What did you think of "Do You See What I See?" Were you sad to see the end of Hannah and Dexter?


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There's no way Deb poisoned herself. She's too responsible. Unconscious she could have drifted across into oncoming traffic and killed other people. No way she'd take a chance like that. Did you see her car? She's lucky she's not dead.

Strawberry fields

I like Hannah, but I never thought even for a second that this relationship could go anywhere. Throughout their entire long (way too long if you ask me) conversation after Deb's accident, I kept thinking: come on people, get real here! Dex giving Deb the proof of Price's murder was definitely my favourite scene, even though him choosing Deb was not a surprise. If Hannah really poisoned Deb then she's either that stupid or that desperate, but somehow I doubt it. I think Deb might have staged the whole thing, but if she did then she took a hell of a risk. Did you see her car? She could have gotten herself killed. Arlene is another possibility... I knew from the start that Estrada's release was too suspicious to be coincidental. The bitch LaGuerta almost caught Dex! This whole thing is so messed up. I can't remember the last time I was this nervous before "Dexter" finale...


I hope Dexter slits LaGuerta's throats from A to Z in the series finale.

Anna maria

I really like Hannah, but I love Deb, especially this season, even though I feel that she was the one who poisoned herself, to protect Dexter, in her mind. I knew it would come to this, from the get go, and I knew that Dex would always chose Deb, just like he chose her in season 1. Now let's see if my suspicions are true, how will he react when he finds out??


@Suzanne: I fear the same thing, that the show is headed towards that direction. This season has been a strong indicator that Dexter's world is unraveling. He hasn't been as careful as he always thought he was. I feel like there will be some crazy momentum in the final season, where Dexter's impulses will go in overdrive. (Like how he immediately went after the guy that put the hit on his mother.) Abandoning his Dark Passenger and throwing all caution to the wind, I keep thinking that Dexter will go out while driving a knife through a main character. Maybe LaGuerta? Much like the Doomsday scenario, Deb will catch him in the act, but I doubt it would be just her. She may put a bullet in him as a result. Okay, I really hope it doesn't play out this way! lol


I see absolutely no way that Dexter ends with our hero literally or figuratively sailing off into the sunset. Nor do I see him going to prison. The only question is, how is he going die and how are they going to get him there.


Noooooo :( I loved Hannah! I was really rooting for them :(. Deb framed hannah I am sure of it. Laguearta needs to go!!! Can't she kill someone so Dexter can take care of her?


I don't have it beyond Hannah to try to kill Deb. She's sneaky, hypocritical and calculative. But yeah...she'd probably found a more discreet way that wouldn't raise Dex's suspicions. But again...i'm not sure if Deb would go as far as to frame Hannah. Ofc if she did...then good for her!!! I now like her even more! In general, i love Deb this season.
The next episode looks amazing!If Dex(SPOILER for promo) actually goes to jail it will be amzingly interesting to watch. Though i'm not sure how that would work and that's why i don't see it happening.


All of that felt ridiculously contrived. Everything going wrong for dexter at the exact moment its all going right for La Guerta. Also in what world does it make sense for deb to want Hannah to go to jail to protect dexter? What's stopping her from spilling everything she knows about him to make a deal?


Come on guys Debra did NOT frame Hanna, she would never do that. I think you missed the hints about who poisoned her. The answer is Hanna's friend. Just think about it, first it was the conversation she had with Deb during which debra made the obviously false assumption while talking about the guy hanna killed "I'm sure it was her idea" meaning hanna. I think it was arlene's idea and she had Hanna do it because she would have screwed up as she did with debra. Also deb said too many times that Arlene would go to prison and other stuff about her kids. Also the hair Dexter found. Next episode he is going to match it against Arlene to prove hanna innocent.

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