Well folks, the final episode of Dexter has come and gone, and with it has gone many people’s faith. As it turns out, the last few minutes of the episode were somewhat controversial as far as fans were concerned. Some people shrugged it off and others went into full-blown rage mode. If you haven’t seen the ending yet, I suggest you navigate away right now, for that’s what I’m going to be talking about. Or rather what the Dexter showrunner and former showrunner will be talking about. Check out what they had to say about Dexter’s final moments after the jump.
The current showrunner, Scott Buck, was in charge of putting the whole thing together and, naturally, is defending the ending that we got. First and foremost, he makes an attempt to explain exactly who Dexter has become once he ends up in lumberjack land:
We wanted to leave it all in the viewers’ head. I don’t know what he’s thinking in that moment; I know he’s in this self-imposed prison and the reason he locked eyes is essentially so we can feel as uncomfortable as he does in his world. He’s someone who was just moments from taking that final step toward humanity who then has to face himself as the monster he believes he is and decide his own fate. He gives himself what he deserves. I don’t think in that moment he’s fighting the urge to kill; he’s dealing with the reality of the misery of his life in that moment.
And then Buck went on to talk about his decision in shooting the ending that they did:
I’ve also heard that some viewers are not happy with this season, and they all have different reason for it. So much of the stuff you read is that people want the show to be like it was the first few years where Dexter would go out and kill people. If we had continued to follow that line, the show would have gotten old very fast. This is a show that’s run for eight years, and in order to sustain interest you have to continue to grow and evolve. So yes, I am happy with where we ended the show. This is absolutely the ending I wanted.
Of course, the old showrunner, Clyde Phillips (he was responsible for the first four seasons – A.K.A.: the good seasons) has a different take on things. If he had his way, the show would have wound up a little more bleak:
In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.
Well, I think that may have been a better take on it. Of course, that would have depended on whether you were routing for Dex to survive at the end or not.
What do all the Nerd Readers think? Was the ending we got satisfactory to you? Or do you think Phillips would have handled it better?
Thanks to /Film for the heads-up.