'Dexter' Series Finale Recap: Endings, But None of Them Are Happy
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Remember the Monsters?'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Remember the Monsters?" episode of "Dexter" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Did "Dexter" deserve better? "Dexter" fans sure did. Instead, the once-great series left the airwaves with a wind-down that can, at best, be described as unsatisfying. At worst, it's a rather disastrous ending to a rather disastrous season, a season and a finale so confusing in their intent that they cast doubt on all the good storytelling that came before them.
To sum up: Deb died, Dexter lived, and then faked his death to protect his surviving loved ones… from him. The final shot of the finale, of the series, is Dexter, now living as a lumberjack — seriously — staring straight into the camera. Has he moved to the Pacific Northwest (we presume that's where he is) to continue on with his serial killer ways? Will he ever be reunited with Harrison and Hannah? Or will he simply live out the rest of his life in his squalid, lonely little apartment?
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We don't know. Because this is how the series is ending, more frustratingly and disappointingly than that infamous "Sopranos" fade-out. Sure, unlike with Tony Soprano, we know Dexter ends the series alive. But… and? That's what we're left with: questions about what it all means, what the point of the entire series was supposed to be.
How we got there:
Deb, wounded from her run-in with an escaping Saxon last episode, is rushed to the ER. "I thought I was gonna die," she tells Quinn in the ambulance, though, at first, her injury looks manageable. A complication later causes her to suffer a major stroke, and Deb is left brain dead, with machines keeping her alive. Only a miracle, the doctor tells Dexter and Quinn, will lead Deb to recuperate.
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Desmond Harrington as Joey Quinn in the 'Dexter' Season 8 episode, 'Remember the Monsters?'