DEXTER – EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON – 2013
To wrap up the story in twelve
episodes or chapters, that’s short, that’s fast, but that’s radical, à la
Dexter. He manages to solve a ton of problems in these twelve episodes.
First he finds a surrogate mother
, and that was difficult to find. Luckily
the only woman he had loved and that was still alive, apart from his sister turns
up and re-activates some fundamental mechanisms. And Harrison
likes her. She is very special but she wants to become a good girl.
He manages to solve the problem
of his father and how his father, a good cop, could accept his adoptive son to
become a criminal, how he managed to come up with the code, etc. In fact the
symbolical mother surrogate of his, of Dexter, comes up to him and reveals who
she is and what she did. She reveals that his father OD’ed on his heart drug
when he could not stand what Dexter had become any more. Dexter hates that
doctor Vogel that has nothing of a bird in that story, at most a vulture but
that is no bird you try to attract in
your garden with a bird feed and a bird bath.
He has to solve a last case of a
serial killer who is aiming at both him and Doctor Vogel. Her past is revealed
and she becomes extremely dark and deep with one son killed by another, you
know the story of Cain and Abel. And the killing son is sent East of Eden in
some institution in England,
or something far to the East. And there he is tortured into medical blankness
since he is a criminal who deserves to be punished even if it is with drugs or
some archaic violent treatment like electric shocks or other forceful
manipulations of the body or the brain, and why not the mind and the imagination.
Of course the dear son who was
buried alive in this institution plans a good case of arson, with seven dead
people in the wing that burns, and himself among these seven, officially, because’
in fact he manages to get out, change identities and then move on, looking for mummy,
Doctor Vogel, and all those she preferred to him, and first of all Dexter. And
the blood trail can start under the police identity of the “brain surgeon”
because he saws up the skull of his victim in a very special way and scoops out
one very precise section of the brain and delivers these extracted sections to
his mummy. A yummy appetizer for Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving celebrations.
He of course has to save his sister
from private investigation and then to make her a star in the Police
Department. So he finally comes over his need to kill with his last victim and
gives him over to Deborah for her to arrest him. But a Federal Marshall comes
up and he completely messes the case, frees the criminal who kills him straight
away, takes his gun, shoots Deborah who shoots him but in vain. And things will
not turn honky dory and there will be some complications. Dexter then has to
close up the file and clean up the plate. Deborah disappears in a hurricane.
Finally he has to take care of
himself and to protect Harrison and the substitute mother who has taken the boy
to South America
, and there is only one way. So
he disappears with his boat into the hurricane. A tempestuous ending but it
And yet they more or less kept one
card up their sleeves, I mean the producers, for a sequel in let’s say five or
ten years, when Harrison reaches teenage and starts moving towards finding his
father and recuperating the father model he needs and remembers from his
tumultuous first four years. Check it all by yourselves with the DVDs how they
manage to keep one bun in the oven in slow gestation.
You can always dream. But it is
sure the author of the book series will be able to go on working with Dexter if
he wants, though the last volume was announced a long time ago and will maybe
finally come out next March (2014) and it is supposed to be entitled Dexter’s Final Cut, which promises quite
We’ll see. Que sera sera. Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? What will
be, will be!
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU