It’s been like four episodes since we last talked about Dexter, so it’s time to play catch-up. What’s changed in season 6, and what’s going to happen in the remaining two episodes? LET US DISCUSS. At length!
For ease of use, I’m including some links directly to bits related to certain people or plots, so if you only want to know about, say, Louis Greene (YOU DO), then you can just click the link that says “Louis Greene.” Convenient, right? You’re welcome.
First, a recap! There be spoilers up to and including 6×10, “Ricochet Rabbit,” here. (There are no spoilers for the future. Only speculation.)
Where we last left off, Brother Sam had just died and Brother Brian had manifested himself to Dexter. So what did they do? They kind of went on a serial killer Eat Pray Love bender, where they took a road trip to kill Jonah Mitchell, son of Arthur Mitchell, whose mother and sister turned up dead. According to Jonah they had been killed by Trinity, which Dexter of course calls as bullshit due to the fact that he is the only person on Earth who knows that Trinity is dead. When he goes to Nebraska to see about Jonah, he kills a shady motel clerk very messily (thanks, Brian!), and lets Jonah go after discovering that Jonah didn’t commit these murders in cold blood, but not before revealing that he knew the story was a lie because he killed Trinity.
The Doomsday Killer has been causing panic all around Miami. After Travis lets the first Whore of Babylon candidate free, she reveals to Miami Metro that they’re looking for not one but two killers. With the help of Masuka’s intern, computer pro and video game creator Louis, Deb finds herself at Travis’s sister Lisa’s house performing routine investigation into some of Professor Gellar’s former students, which becomes suddenly more complicated when Lisa Marshall turns up dead by the hands of DDK the next day. Again with Louis’ help, they manage to track down the church HQ of the killer(s).
Meanwhile, Deb has been in therapy, and the Travis Marshall/Lisa Marshall dynamic seems to have aroused suspicions and grievances with Dexter that she never really realized that she had. She realizes that Dexter has never been open with her, that their relationship is sort of one-sided, that he always appears to be up to something and will never ever tell her what, and that he often takes her for granted, particularly now that she’s Lieutenant. She even discovers his trip to Nebraska and is not exactly thrilled about it. After sharing her own past tragedies with her therapist, she decides to make some changes in the way she runs her life–because when Deb says, “I know that I am broken,” her therapist counters, “Do you know you don’t have to be?”
As a result, and despite pressure from LaGuerta not to do so, Deb decides to reopen a case of potential manslaughter involving a dead hooker who OD’d, but according to Dexter there was someone in the room with her. Little does she know–but soon discovers–that Matthews was that special someone.
Meanwhile at the rest of Miami Metro, Angel and Quinn, new partners in justice, are frequently coming to blows over Quinn’s extremely high levels of classiness and his slacking off on the job. Louis has taken up with Angel’s sister Jamie and is constantly trying to get Dexter’s attention. He admires Dexter because, as he tells Jamie, he’s never seen him make a mistake. When Louis finally gets five minutes of Dexter’s time, he shows him the video game he’s been making about homicide, and reveals the twist: that you can play as the serial killer, in a number of scenarios, including the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter is offended by the thought that anyone would want to be like a serial killer, and he trashes Louis’s game, which upsets Louis immeasurably.
On the other side of things, Dexter decides once and for all to find Professor Gellar and kill him, and give Travis the opportunity to be freed from his grasp and start over. Dexter throws down some Bible quotes and convinces Travis to help him, but Gellar’s being extremely antagonistic of Dexter’s involvement. When Travis finally lures Gellar into the church for Dexter to trap and kill, Dexter makes an astonishing discovery in the church basement: Gellar, dead, in a freezer, the whole time.
Dexter is pissed. He does not like all the crap that Travis has put him through over some figment of his imagination. And Travis, faced with seeing Gellar’s corpse, realizes what’s been going on all along. The illusion shatters. He remembers that he confronted Gellar with his theory that they were the Two Witnesses, with John the Revelator’s stolen sword, and when Gellar called Travis “delusional,” Travis killed him. Annoyed with this recollection and determined to prove Gellar wrong, he decides to continue their work and recruits new followers to help him enact the next tableau: wormwood, which in this case is an airborne toxin that could be deadly to many. And when Angel comes a-knocking on the door of Travis’s new disciples, Travis decides that it’s a sign to release it in Miami Metro. BUT WILL DEXTER SAVE EVERYONE? Stay tuned!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
In a show as notoriously twisty as this one, it’s impossible to say exactly. The fact that the “Gellar not being real” thing was as predictable as it was indicates to me–at least, I hope–that they’ve got some major tricks up their sleeve for the remaining two episodes. Dexter, since we last spoke, was renewed for two more seasons, and according to pretty much everyone, these are the final two. It is therefore safe to assume that the show is in a position to start wrapping itself up, and that pretty much all bets are off.
TRAVIS & GELLAR. As discussed the last time, it was not news to a large portion of the internet, at least, that Gellar was not real (at least the one we’d been seeing), but there were some questions I didn’t see asked very often until it was confirmed. It pretty much all boils down to: exactly how not-real is Gellar? With his drawings, his books, and his theories, it was entirely possible that the entire Two Witnesses thing had been his idea the whole time. But as we learned in this last episode, it was all theory, and when confronted by Travis with a practical application, he balked and it got him killed. While Gellar’s theories–and they are pretty solidly Gellar’s–about the Alpha and Omega of the Enesserette–were undoubtedly Travis’s inspiration, Travis has been acting alone since the beginning. And his swift acceptance of Gellar’s nonexistence, and the decision to continue the work that only a couple days before he had sworn to stop, seems to suggest that on some level Travis was aware the entire time. When Miami Metro gets their hands on his psych records, they learn that Travis has always been troubled, has had breaks with reality and been prescribed medication (by a doctor who has been dead for several years), and that in fact may have been responsible for the death of his parents. What really interests me about this is that it’s a break from the show’s typical formula in which the serial killer is made the way that he is because of some kind of childhood trauma. Before, it appeared the trauma was the death of his parents, but if he killed them, clearly the problem predates that. Still, it’s also obvious that Travis is not psychologically well. While talking about it with some of the other people I podcast with (letstalkaboutdex.com), someone brought up a really interesting point: can someone obviously suffering a psychological illness like Travis truly be held responsible for his actions? I suppose it’s an age-old question, but one I had not considered in this context.
So what will become of Gellar now that Travis has dumped him? Will the ghost of Gellar remain and instead take on a role like that of Harry in Dexter’s life, in which he acts as a voice of reason trying to keep Travis’s Dark Passenger in check? Or is he just gone? This is a question I honestly don’t know the answer to, and I avoid spoilers like no tomorrow (which actually makes no sense because if there was no tomorrow I would look up many spoilers) so I have no idea if he’s supposed to come back. What I do know is that it looks, to me, like he’s pretty much gone, and if he pops up again, it will either be in flashback–which is not something that happens very often on the show unless it involves Harry (but then, if Gellar is Travis’s Harry, it wouldn’t be a huge break from protocol)–or briefly to antagonize Travis. Of note is that, while Gellar apparently was in his right mind, his books seem to have inspired at least three people to become batshit.
TABLEAUS 6 & 7. So far there have been five (1: the seven-headed serpent; 2: the Four Horsemen; 3: the angel; 4: the Whore of Babylon; 5: the Bowls of Wrath), and one we know about in the future (6: wormwood). We know that the next one is wormwood. Biblically, wormwood is a falling star that hits the earth, pollutes the water, and kills roughly 1/3 of its population. Despite Miami Metro’s prediction that the tableaus are not quite literal and that since even the Four Horsemen were done with only one murder, only one person is in danger here, we now know that Travis has bigger plans for it, and since he plans to unleash it in Miami Metro, we have to ask: will it work, and if so, who will die?
Angel is currently in Travis’s possession. I’ve been wondering if the fact that his name is “Angel” will strike Travis as being of any importance since he’s apparently all big on “signs” now, but I don’t know. What is worrisome is that the bulk of Angel’s storylines have been more or less wrapped up, leaving him in a convenient position for the show to die. However, one remains, and that is his relationship with Quinn, who has often been leaving Angel alone and in a bind because he’s slacking. This is no exception: Quinn SHOULD have been interviewing the witness with Angel, but because Quinn is a douche, he wasn’t there. This could go one of two ways: Quinn turns up at the last minute and saves Angel (and, it has been speculated by some of my friends, possibly ends up sacrificing himself in the process), OR, Quinn doesn’t show up at all, Angel dies, and Quinn beats himself up for the rest of his days over it.
But who at Miami Metro is expendable? The problem is, with the exception of Deb–whom I think we can assume is safe until she discovers Dexter’s true identity–and Louis, who has a major unresolved plot, just about everyone is as expendable as everyone else. Anyone at Miami Metro could die. Would the show take that leap? Will it kill off another main character? Season 4 showed us they were unafraid to do it, but the circumstances had to be extenuating. Season 5 showed us that if they didn’t take that kind of risk now that they’d done it with season 4, people were going to be disappointed. So I think someone is going to kick it, but honestly there’s no way to guess. Angel is currently in the most immediate danger.
Undoubtedly a lot of the danger rides on whether or not Dexter’s anonymous call to the police is paid any attention. With someone like DDK on the loose there have to be roughly a billion crank phone calls about it every single day, and in a department where 19% would be a GOOD murder solve rate I’m guessing they’re really understaffed and not exactly able to investigate every single anonymous tip that they get. This is not to mention that Dexter’s tip isn’t particularly helpful: he tells the police where he can find Steve Dorsey’s body, and if the police investigate they’ll find out what wormwood is, but that’s not going to help them much in preventing its impact since the wormwood is not still on the yacht and they have no idea where DDK intends to strike. Essentially Dexter’s phone call is only really useful in a couple of small ways: first, when they find Steve dead, his wife will be scrutinized, which could help Angel out. Second, it means that Dexter’s voice was recorded, and if anyone in Miami Metro listens to the call, they’re gonna know his voice. It’s pretty distinctive. I mean I can recognize it from like three rooms away when a Dodge commercial comes on, is all I’m saying.
That leaves the question of the seventh tableau. This one we don’t know anything about; nobody has alluded to what it might be, so we have to guess based on the Bible, I suppose. There’s no point trying to go in the chronological order of events in the Book of Revelation; the six tableaus are already drastically out of order. The only way to do it is by guessing which imagery appears in the Bible that’s really obvious and hasn’t appeared in a tableau yet, and so I think it’s safe to say that the seventh tableau will involve the Beast, aka Satan.
The problem is, there are two Beasts. The first one is clearly Satan; he’s massive, rises out of the sea, is a jerk, declares war on the saints, etc. He is the leader. The second Beast is one that rises from the earth and is a false prophet with great authority, who basically spreads the word of the first Beast and makes everyone wear the mark of the Beast (666). The first beast is represented with seven heads, and rising from the sea, so I think the water snakes in the first tableau were meant to be that. And Dexter has been referred to several times over, by Gellar and Travis (or I guess just by Travis), as a “false prophet.” I think it has been clear for a while that the subject of the seventh tableau is going to be Dexter. So what does that mean for Dexter?
Again, I think Dexter is pretty much a safe bet when it comes to guessing
who’s going to live to see the next season, so I’m thinking that whatever Travis’s designs, things aren’t going to go as planned for him. Biblically, the Beasts are defeated by the Armies of Christ, and forced to burn forever and ever.
Where the real problem comes in for Travis here is that at this point, his own plot and the Bible come in conflict with each other. If he is supposed to be one of the Two Witnesses, he cannot also defeat the Beast, because in the Bible, the Beast kills the Two Witnesses. I think that’s a lot more likely to happen. But also, Travis is probably aware that these things conflict with each other, so I feel like he has to have some kind of failsafe that just can’t be predicted.
It’s also interesting, from a critical standpoint, to see that the hero of the show is taking the role of the Biblical villain. Satan and the Beast are typically seen as figures of pure evil, and even when you think of Satan as a “fallen angel,” which might describe Dexter more accurately, it seems more euphemistic than anything else. In this case, however, we are actually rooting for the death of who would in the Bible be one of God’s servants, and supporting the figure we’re supposed to despise. Perhaps this general role reversal only works because we know that Dexter’s work, killing criminals, is in shades of grey morally less wrong than Travis’s work, which is killing perfectly innocent people.
So I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Travis will die at the hands of Dexter, since a long life expectancy and being a big bad in Dexter are not compatible life goals. What I’m curious about is the aftermath. In the Bible, people are so thrilled when the Two Witnesses die that they dance around their bodies for days, and then the Two Witnesses are resurrected. It’s probably safe to assume that if Travis dies he’s not going to rise from the dead, but the point is it’s also not exactly a secret that the Beast killed the Two Witnesses, either. It’s just that people worship the Beast and they hate the Two Witnesses. People hate DDK (generally); they freak everyone out and they are causing widespread panic as they do in the Bible. What if Dexter is caught in the act, but, for whatever reason–self-defense, anything like that–he isn’t hailed as a killer but a hero for killing the terror du jour of Miami? Not to mention, Travis will paint a picture, and Dexter’s face will be on it, and it’s not like if anybody from Miami Metro sees the painting they’re not going to be like, “Hey, isn’t that Dexter?” I’m not going to say this is all likely, but Dexter has been super careless over the past couple of years and ESPECIALLY during this whole DDK mess, and the discovery of his involvement by somebody isn’t necessarily unlikely. Somebody almost always finds out about Dexter, in every season, but nobody really has this year. (Unless you count Travis, which I’m not sure I would; I don’t think Travis knows anything at all about Dexter apart from his phone number.)
Which brings me to…
LOUIS GREENE. Louis Greene, as mentioned in the recap, is Masuka’s new intern. He creates video games about homicide. He sleeps with Angel Batista’s sister. He has a lot of money. He’s good with computers. He buys serial killer memorabilia, including the Ice Truck Killer hand he pretended to try to track down for Masuka.
I’m kind of curious what this hand reveals about him. That he has some level of serial killer worship going on, most certainly, since I think this can be assumed to a degree about everyone who buys murder memorabilia. But was he the initial buyer of the hand, or did he, while doing as Masuka said, track it down and keep it for himself? Was Ryan ever knowingly involved in this? (Or should Is say, did Ryan ever have a HAND in it? You may congratulate me for this joke at email@example.com.) I think he was the initial buyer, and I wonder if some level of sabotage wasn’t taking place here. I went back and listened to the person who called Masuka and told him about the hand, but it sounded so unlike Louis that I don’t even think it was Louis trying to disguise his voice.
Still, how convenient that Louis is an Ice Truck Killer fan and then the only person standing in his way of interning for the department who tracked him suddenly got caught trying to sell Ice Truck Killer stuff. Louis is obviously a very smart guy, and I often catch myself wondering exactly how much of the persona he lets other people see is real. It has occurred to me that he is a creature almost exactly like Dexter, who has a wholly different internal life, and like Dexter, he’s really good at pretending. It would explain why he was about to ditch his relationship with Jamie, whom he only approached to ask a question about Dexter in the first place, until Masuka, of all people, gave him dating advice. Look, if Masuka is the person who gives you advice that saves your relationship, all I’m saying is, you’re missing some kind of aptitude in the “relationship” department. So the huge question is: is Louis wearing a mask, or is that who he really is?
I’m inclined to think not. Obviously his purchase of the Ice Truck Killer arm indicates that he has a darker side, and you have to be a certain type of person in the first place to say, “I’m going to design a game about homicide,” and then an even more specific type of person to say, “I’m going to design a game about homicide where you can play as the killer.” So it seems kind of coincidental that of all the people in Miami Metro for him to have latched onto, he happens to have done so with the person who is secretly a serial killer.
And not any serial killer, either! He’s latched onto the Ice Truck Killer’s biological brother. The odds of that are astronomically improbable, but then again one cannot really take into account these kinds of odds on television because TV is usually about improbable things in the first place. Still, Louis is a smart guy, and, as we’ve seen, can find out all KINDS of information on the internet. Given his level of Dexter worship, I’m actually assuming that he knows that Dexter is Brian’s brother. Whether he knew this before or after he met Dexter, I don’t know, but if he was the initial buyer of the hand, I’m going to say before. I think his design the whole time has been to crack the nut that is Dexter, and when he couldn’t get Dexter’s attention on his own he tried to do it through Jamie (maybe even inspired by the Ice Truck Killer, who tried to get Dexter’s attention through Deb).
The entire time I’ve been of the opinion that the point of Louis is to get Louis and Dexter’s computer together. There has to be some reason why, of all things, Louis is a computer nerd, as it has been discussed over and over again. Dexter, meanwhile, has never shown great caution when it comes to his computer, and I’m inclined to think that anyone who spent more than ten minutes on Dexter’s laptop would find some incriminating evidence. (Even last season, he has shown that his general methodology for this sort of thing is, “Just throw it in the ocean.” That doesn’t seem like a bad idea, since I’ve had it driven into my head that nothing you do on your computer is ever truly gone.) For a while I thought out of sheer curiosity or just convenience Louis was going to wander into Dexter’s lab and be like, “I’m just gonna check my Twitter really quick! Whoa, what’s all this stuff?” A couple of episodes ago, however, while Dexter was trying to find something on Google aka Goggle to no avail, Louis suggested this search engine that doesn’t exist outside of Dexter called “Eliot.” Apparently it is awesome, and as a result, became Dexter’s default search engine. It does seem to be a good search engine, but why has no one else in the entire universe heard of it? Or is it just one of those things only nerds know about? Perhaps it’s a website that Louis, computer genius extraordinaire, made up and gave only to Dexter so that he could see everything Dexter searched for. It’s not an out-there conclusion, could fairly easily be done, and even better, is a clever way of getting into someone’s computer without actually getting into their computer. I mean look at that interface. It’s got a fucking disembodied hand on it! Whatever is happening with this show and hands not being attached to bodies, this is like the fifth time this season.
When he finally gets five minutes of Dexter’s time, he shows Dexter the game he was creating, which on the surface was one where you would solve the crime, but turns out to be one where you can be the serial killer. It’s not an unheard-of premise, although as far as I know it’s not one that has been executed particularly aptly (though I’m not a huge gamer…the closest thing I can come up with off the top of my head is Manhunt, though let me know if you know of anything because I’m curious to know if it exists). Louis didn’t tell this little fact to anyone before Dexter, so why did he feel compelled to tell Dexter first if he didn’t really know about Dexter? He has no other reason to think that Dexter would find this fact more compelling than anybody else at Miami Metro. The best part is you can play as a number of killers, including the Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter, upon hearing this, does a pretty swift 180 from “kind of intrigued” to “go fuck yourself, douchebag.” Perhaps in a moment of self-loathing, he trashes the game, saying, “I think this is offensive. Who would choose to be a serial killer? How could you possibly know what it’s like to take a life? Why would you even want to? It’s a bad idea. Do something else.” Louis is so heartbroken by this. It could just be because it sucks when the first time you show anyone your big project they tell you it sucks, but he had to have anticipated that somebody out there would be like, “THIS GAME OFFENDS ME.” Of course it would. The Muppets offends some people; this idea can’t have failed to cross Louis’s mind before. And why, of all the killers in Miami, did he select the Bay Harbor Butcher? I think it was a lot like a little kid going up to his dad and saying, “Look at this picture I made you,” and the dad, not liking what he sees reflected in it, trashing it. It was meant to be a token of respect, a pretty thing I made for you, but instead it was taken as an insult by someone who failed to understand the intent.
But why all this attraction to Dexter, even if you assume he knows all about him? Is Louis a killer himself, or does he just kind of want to know one? And if he wants to know one, why does he want to know one? The way that Louis acts, I don’t think it’s because he’s got vigilante justice plans of his own, though the thought that he might be trying to pull a Mr. Brooks thing and con Dexter into teaching him how to be just like him has occurred to me, though I don’t think it’s likely.
Whatever the case, I’m actually more intrigued by this plotline than the A story, which is the first time this has ever happened in Dexter, so I’m impressed and amazed.
DEB. Deb’s progress through the series has been a slow one toward accepting her brother’s true nature. I feel like if there’s one moment to which this show has been definitely heading, it’s that one. People have been asking it since the beginning. In the first book–notably (and thankfully) the only one of the books off which the series is based–Deb finds out about Dexter being a serial killer when he goes to confront Brian, but kind of waves it off because he saved her. I won’t say she’s super ecstatic to find it out, but seemingly unable to figure out exactly how to deal with it, she kind of just doesn’t really.
I never liked this because it always seemed wrong to me, especially with TV Deb. Deb is a very strong-willed person with very solid principles, and while they are pliable, it takes years and years to bend them without destroying them completely. It took five years to get Deb to a place where she could be sympathetic to the notion that some people deserve to die, which is where she was in season 5 when she killed one of the Fuentes brothers and felt no regret over it. And it took that in order to get her to a place where, when faced with someone who being cruel only to be kind and killing someone like Jordan Chase to rid the world of one of its more horrible people, she could turn around and act like she hadn’t seen it. In this way she had already accepted Dexter and learned to understand that the world was not in black and white at all. While I don’t believe Deb would ever intentionally do what Dexter does, on two occasions now–she did it in the first episode of this season as well–she’s killed people who were killing others and felt no regret about it. The only difference is she didn’t plan it out ahead of time.
But it’s taken her this year and a therapist to get a point where she could even consider the possibility that something could be amiss with her perfect brother. Since the beginning of this season Travis and Lisa Marshall’s relationship kind of reflected Dexter and Deb’s. One of them is wrong; the other one is pretty solidly convinced that this isn’t the case. It’s probably willful ignorance and rose-colored glasses, but once Travis killed Lisa, Deb was forced to confront the fact that a seemingly pleasant relationship could turn sour, and when Deb voices doubt because Lisa thought Travis was a good guy, Dexter points out that maybe she just didn’t see what was looking her in the face. That’s a lot like Deb and Dexter. Deb has had enough information and enough sources of information to find out the true nature of Dexter for quite a while, but she hasn’t wanted to look very closely perhaps for fear of finding anything wrong. With her therapist in the picture, she’s not really afraid of that anymore. She is willing to accept the good and bad parts of Dexter, except I don’t really think it’s occurred to her exactly how bad the bad parts are. But she knows that Dexter went to Nebraska, and she even knows where he stayed. All she needs is to find out that the motel clerk went mysteriously missing during Dexter’s trip. Meanwhile, Quinn still has all the information about Stan Liddy’s death last season, and has yet to tell anyone about it, which I consider strangely honorable for Quinn. He doesn’t really have a way to prove it, but he doesn’t need to prove it to get Deb suspicious.
While this show has two seasons left, and I’ve always thought that there could never be more than a single season where Deb knows about who Dexter really is, I’ve recently revised the opinion. Perhaps this is going to be the year that Deb finds out about Dexter, or at least finds the trail leading to that inevitable conclusion in the same way that she found out about her dad sleeping around.
But Deb has another problem and it’s Matthews and LaGuerta. Deb knows that Matthews was most likely the other person present at the death of the call girl. What she also knows is that the call girl died of an overdose, and while she’s investigating it as a homicide, it’s pretty clearly not premeditated murder. I can’t call what she’ll do with this information. What really matters is who strikes first, I think. If Matthews and LaGuerta hit Deb before she can make the information public, then Deb is screwed. But if Deb can somehow get that information out first, she’s going to be a hero for uncovering that kind of corruption, if she can get it out correctly, which is a problem since Deb is not a really amazing game player. The problem is you can’t just stand up and tell everyone that you’ve found out that the Deputy Chief of Police is probably guilty of manslaughter and definitely solicitation, because people will somehow always naturally assume that you’re lying about it. This is another one I can’t call. Most people I know didn’t think from the get-go that Deb’s stint as Lieutenant would last the season. And I think how Deb handles this situation will directly associate with how she handles the Dexter situation. Given a bunch of spare time if demoted, suspended or fired, she may be inclined to start researching a pet case like Dexter just like she did trying to find out who her dad cheated on her mom with, so there’s that. And if demoted, suspended, or fired, she may be less inclined to help Miami Metro discover Dexter, even if she wouldn’t be his collaborator. If she decides to play the game and not rat out Matthews, then it indicates that in some situations a bit less savory than not arresting some people who were killing a band of rapists, Deb is willing to look the other way as well…but I don’t foresee Deb becoming a corrupt cop for the life of me. Deb may be willing to overlook someone correcting the miscarriages of justice, but I don’t think she’d be able to overlook something trashy like what Matthews did, bizarrely, even if the crime was lesser, just because one is righting a natural wrong and the other is just not right. So what will happen here? Who knows.
Finally, DEXTER. The last point. The one I’m going to say the least about because there’s not much else to say. Dexter has been kind of a mess these last two seasons. Like I said, he almost always gets called out on being a serial killer by somebody. Brian found out who he was in season 1, then Doakes and Lila in season 2, Miguel in season 3, and Lumen in season 5. He works under the assumption that no one cares enough about him to follow him or watch him, which sometimes makes him sloppy. But recently he’s started actively interfering with police investigations so he can get the really fun kills, which is not something he used to do. The Code of Harry is all about killing the people that the justice system doesn’t take care of first, but now Dexter is cockblocking that system. It’s a trend that seemed to start in season 3, when he and Miguel broke that guy out of prison just to kill him, and it’s getting worse, to the point where he’s actively sabotaging investigations, not just neglecting to mention stuff. I wonder how many people could have been saved if Dexter just let the cops find them rather than insisting he gets to kill them. He seems unaware of how it doesn’t line up with his stated goals very much anymore. He’s kind of a crappy vigilante. I mean Batman at least ties up the villains and leaves them for the police; Dexter actively diverts the cops so he can get rid of the villains his own way these days, and it’s exactly this that’s going to get him caught. It is interesting that he decided for a change that the wormwood problem was one bigger than he could reasonably handle and he decided to call the police. But then, like I said earlier, the call wasn’t a super helpful call, and may only have implicated Dexter’s involvement in the crime. There have been so many close calls lately, where he barely slips out of a crime scene before the cops turn up, and now Louis probably knows which is a huge loose cannon. (Or Louis cannon, I should say. Right? Right? firstname.lastname@example.org, folks.)
He’s also always been kind of slipping in and out of this natural rhythm he has where first he loves to kill people and feels awesome about it and then he hates himself for doing it. I suppose this is kind of the way that life works; occasionally we all feel awesome about ourselves, and then in like three days we hate everything about ourselves. I suspect the problem is exacerbated when you are a fully aware serial killer. But now he’s starting to blame Harry in a way he hasn’t outwardly expressed before. Clearly he’s been having some issues with Harry since he found out Harry killed himself when he saw the monster he created; this is why Harry started turning up in ghost form after Dexter made this discovery. But now he’s starting to realize, considering he has Harrison and all, that maybe you’re not born a killer, or made a killer from one event, but from years of grooming to become one. Maybe if Harry had just taken Dexter to a therapist instead of being like, “Well, you killed a dog. I guess you’re going to be a serial killer!” he wouldn’t have become one. Is he going to revolt by not being a serial killer, or trying not to be? Doubtful. He’s been there before and accepted it doesn’t work. His serial killerism is a permanent state of existence. But his faith in Harry has been shaken and may soon be shattered, because, as Brother Sam said early on in the season, “Faith–put it in the wrong things, it’ll fuck you up.” And what happens when the core of Dexter’s being is shattered? Everyone has faith in something, as Brother Sam said. Maybe it’s not God. Maybe it’s that the sun will rise in the morning. Maybe it’s that your dad was right about something. What happens on the day when you realize that the thing you put all your faith in was wrong?
SO. What do you guys say? Agree? Disagree? Like the awesome shirt I’m wearing right now?