I’ve been thinking about the finale of Dexter: New Blood for about three days now. I’m going to guess that if you’re a Dexter fan, you’ve already seen it so I’m going to just talk about what happened without posting any spoiler warnings. I hate spoiler warnings anyways.
Harrison shot and apparently killed Dexter. Now, I have to admit that, when Harrison first showed up during the first episode, my initial thought was that Harrison was going to end up killing Dexter for the same reason that Dexter had killed so many others. And, as other have pointed out, the entire show was pretty much leading up to either Harrison killing Dexter or Dexter being forced to kill Harrison. So, really, I guess I should be happy that the show followed its storyline to its only logical conclusion. I can certainly respect the show for staying true to itself but respect and happiness don’t always go together.
To be honest, even though I knew that it should happen, I really thought there was no way that the show would actually do it. I was so used to Dexter being able to get out of any situation that I just naturally assumed that he would be able to do it again. And if Dexter had managed to escape from the jail without killing Logan in the process, I think Dexter probably could have pulled it off. But, by killing Logan, Dexter broke Harry’s code. Dexter revealed that the code was really just a part of his own sociapathic ritual. It wasn’t something that he truly obeyed, Instead, it was something that he used to justify his dark urges.
Harrison realized what Dexter had done and, as a result, Harrison shot him. I didn’t necessarily buy the idea that Dexter would just stand there and encourage his son to kill him. That was a bit convenient and it required Dexter to have a conscience, which is something that we all know he didn’t have. Even Dexter’s comment that he had never felt love until the minute Harrison pulled the trigger felt like another case of Dexter what he knew the audience wanted to hear.
My main issue with the episode wasn’t so much Harrison shooting Dexter as it was what happened next. Allowing Harrison to escape and agreeing to cover up what he did was totally out-of-character for Angela. Angela, who has shown that she’s willing to arrest anyone in town regardless of how close she may be to them, had no problem wiping Harrison’s prints off the gun and tossing him some money for his journey. It didn’t make any sense. Angela barely knows Harrison. How does she know that Harrison didn’t help Dexter with the murders? Also, after Angela discovered that Dexter was a murderer, did it not occur to her that there might be something strange about the stabbing at the school? Is Angela okay with Harrison driving off to freedom while the kid that Harrison tried to murder is destined to always be remembered as a potential school shooter? I can accept Harrison shooting Dexter. I can even respect it. But I cannot accept that Angela would let him get away with it.
There were other loose ends that bothered me. Why was Edward Olsen such an important character in the first few episodes? Why did he mysteriously vanish? Why did the show seem to building up to a twist about Audrey’s parentage, just to abandon the whole thing an episode later? How did Kurt manage to capture Molly, who was more or less aware that Kurt was a killer and certainly wouldn’t go anywhere willingly with him. Considering that this episode appeared to be the definitive end of Dexter’s story, those loose ends are frustrating.
That said, it was a well-directed episode. Michael C. Hall was riveting and genuinely frightening in the scenes where he manipulated Angela and Logan. The final montage of the faces of everyone innocent person who died as a result of Dexter’s actions was an emotional moment and I’m glad to see that Doakes was included with Deb, Rita, LaGuerta, Lundy, and all the rest. Doakes always got a raw deal.
Dexter: New Blood was a success. Even the fact that I have mixed feelings about how it ended is proof of how well executed this revival was. (Trust me, I could have hardly cared less when Dexter sailed into that hurricane, so fed up was I with the show at the time.) And, between you and me, I’m not convinced that Dexter’s dead. Yes, he was shot. Yes, he didn’t look good. But Harrison drove away before the paramedics arrived. Dexter’s survived a lot.
At the very least, Ghost Dex would be amusing….