I've just watched it again and it really irks me that Dexter makes promises to Harrison and Hannah that he'll see them in Argentina and Deb even tells him not to feel guilty about what happened and to be happy, that he deserves it, yet he still make that stupid, stupid decision at the end to fake his death to protect the people he loves from a threat that no longer exists. I just hate that. Dexter looks so down at the end, like most of the viewing audience at that point, I'd imagine!|
Things I did like about the last episode (yes, there are some) was the way Hannah dealt with Elway without actually killing him. Presumably the M99 tranquiliser was one of the "bits and pieces" Dexter mentioned to Hannah when he handed her the bag? The fact that she didn't poison or kill him made her appear more trustworthy and capable of loving and looking after Harrison. Her conversation with Harrison on the bus was cute as was Harrison whispering in Dexter's ear that he loved Hannah Corny it was, yes, but one of the few nice scenes. And if I wasn't convinced that Hannah really loved Dexter going into the final episodes then that scene in the cafe where she reads about Dexter's fate confirmed that she did. I actually ended up liking Hannah (despite the fact she was too dumb to disguise herself) so for her not to be with Dexter in the end when her dream to live in Argentina becomes a reality is really, really sad. Dexter's writers are just cruel IMO. Did anyone actually get a happy ending in that series?
Also, the scenes with Deb and Dexter in the hospital were fairly nice as was the flashbacks to when Harrison was born and Deb having a heart to heart with her brother. I'll admit I shed a tear when Dexter pulled the plug but mostly because I knew Deb's death was a waste since Dexter doesn't get the "happy" life she wanted for him (which would have justified her death as I said earlier). It's a real shame that Dexter didn't shed a tear when he unplugged Deb but I guess the writers decided that he isn't capable of that level of emotion (except for Doctor Vogel!).
Still utterly hate those final scenes with Dexter, particularly as for the first time in the series, there is no monologue and if the scene could have been redeemed with anything then it would have been through a voice-over as others have mentioned. He just shuts his eyes then suddenly opens them. Not sure what that meant exactly unless it indicated the old Dexter was back?
I'll give the finale 5/10 and season 8 overall 6/10.
Edited by Darren at 19:16:13 23-09-2013
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