Sorry for the delay in the review folks, but I had a holiday party last night (’tis the season after all!)

I have mixed feeling about this episode, as it is very difficult not to compare it to the one last season, where Dexter found Rita’s body lying dead in the bathtub. That said, this season’s finale was still good and better than those from other shows that I have seen recently.

The episode began with Dexter running off to find Lumen and Chase, only to be stopped by a surprise visit from his family for Harrison’s birthday party. This was quickly brushed aside until the very end of the episode, but it was a sufficient way to bookend the finale.

Meanwhile, Chase was transporting Lumen to his old summer camp, aptly called the “River Jordan Camp,” while she banged away in the trunk of his car. Chase spent the vast majority of the episode trying to lure Dexter to him, while simultaneously being creepy to a tied-up Lumen. He really started to become unraveled in the past few episodes, culminating in saying that he “had changed” after he hit Lumen. Too bad he didn’t change for the better!

At the same time, Deb was investigating Liddy’s death, and Quinn became the number 1 suspect because his fingerprints were in the van, he signed the requisition form for surveillance equipment, Liddy called him numerous times and had blood on his shoe. This obviously put even further strain on Deb and Quinn’s relationship, as he refused to tell her what happened.

After some detective work, Dexter found the camp and was captured by Chase. But, in a very cool moment, he freed himself and stabbed Chase in the foot with a knife (OW!) before knocking him out. Then, in a moment of consideration, Dexter allowed Lumen to kill Chase. Was it a perfect kill? No, but she got the job done.

However, while Dexter and Lumen were cleaning up, Deb walked in. Honestly, the sheet of plastic was a little too convenient to hide both Dexter and Lumen’s identities from Deb, but it did provide a way for Deb to see and talk with them without actually “seeing” them. If you remember, earlier in the season when Deb shot one of the Fuentas brothers, she said that she felt nothing from killing someone who deserved it which I said may put her on the path to accepting Dexter for who he is. And here, Deb took another step towards that with letting Lumen and Dexter go and I think it has changed her. As she said later in the episode, she is no longer someone who can “judge.”

I felt like the perfect moment to end the season on would have been after Dexter and Lumen disposed of Chase in the ocean, and rode back to shore. Lumen’s smile showed just a pure sense of relief and joy … too bad it was not meant to be. As much as I love Julia Stiles and what she did with her character, I knew she probably wouldn’t stick around. I really wish I was wrong, as she (more so than Rita), has been Dexter’s soul mate and the only person to know the real him in his life other than his father. Lumen’s reason for leaving – that she’s free and can’t kill anymore, is a valid one, but I really hope they bring her back. She is too good a character to push off to the sidelines!

In the end, Dexter falsified the blood results from Quinn’s shoe (but what about all the other evidence supporting that he was involved??), he and Deb seem to be happy together again, LaGuerta and Batista are starting over, and Dexter (through Lumen), knows that he can truly love and connect with someone.

I give this season finale episode of Dexter eight blood-stain slides out of 10, for a fitting end to a rather stellar season. I just hope the writer’s decide to bring back Lumen!

What do you think?

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