The dust is still settling on what was one of the densest seasons of Dexter ever, in every meaning of the word.  It wasn’t so much “action-packed” as it was just filled to bursting with happenings.  All the characters that were deftly groomed and then unceremoniously shuffled off, all the subplots that threatened to be interesting and then petered out…  Were the writers getting paid by the plotline?  I’ve got scale marks on my face from being fish-slapped by so many red herrings.

All that aside, everything that happened this season turned up the heat on our beloved characters and boiled over to one moment.  Dexter had said that he would do anything to protect Deb, and it turns out the feeling is dangerously mutual.  When Deb walked in on a semiconscious LaGuerta and sans-conscience Dexter about to make LaGuerta la muerta (sorry), she drew down and let the bullets fly… killing LaGuerta.  Wait…

SURPRISE MOTHERF***ER!

Actually, no.  Not really.  The circumstance didn’t really make a lot of sense but LaGuerta had to go and, thematically, Deb HAD TO BE THE ONE to kill her.

Dexter and Deb have always been opposites—man/woman, criminal/cop, introverted/brash—but this season the writers have really amplified the behavioral and situational polarization of Deb’s yin to Dexter’s yang.  Especially when it came time to “Do what you gotta do.”  Where Dexter chose to spare Hannah on his kill table, Deb’s hand was forced to kill LaGuerta.  Also, heading into the next season, Deb will likely be pursued by her colleagues in Miami Metro (her gun was used to deliver LaGuerta’s coup de gras) whereas Dexter will be stalked by fellow killer and former lover, Hannah.

Will that be the lasting message of this show?  Is the overarching idea that there is no such thing as good or evil; only choices, actions, perception and interpretation?  “Do what you gotta do?”  It’s hard to imagine a satisfying series conclusion with such a wishy-washy base.  Perhaps the stage is being set for a moral epiphany, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Ultimately, I was a little disappointed with the close of this season.  Everything built to what seemed like a foregone conclusion.  As always, though, it will be interesting to see what happens next.  Did Dexter continue with his plan to stage the scene as a murder suicide, or did they just chop up the bodies and dump them in the ocean?  How will the gang at Miami Metro react to LaGuerta’s disappearance/homicide/suicide?  Who will destroy the evidence linking Dexter and Deb to the church fire?  Will Hannah be the main antagonista, or will we get some proper backlash from the incidents with the Koshka Brotherhood?  Will the writers make me the happiest motherf***er alive and find a motherf***ing way to get Eric “Doakes” King back on the show for keeps?

Now, for some predictions.  The season will start off a few days after the New Year’s Eve party, with everyone commenting on how LaGuerta hasn’t been around lately.  Her former lover, Batista, will likely be the one that picks up on the stink of it all, since he’s retired now and has a lot of spare time on his hands.  Deb and Dexter will have a lot of hushed talks in cars, coffee shops and living rooms, with Dexter focused on clearing away all the remaining evidence and Deb struggling with the gravity of the situation she created.  Hannah will pop up every once in a while to threaten Deb and leave coy messages for Dexter, but I don’t think she’ll be a real threat.  Maybe Deb will spend some time wanting Hannah to kill her, or questioning why Dexter doesn’t kill her himself, since Deb took an innocent life and seemingly got away with it.   I feel like she’ll be the lone survivor in this, forced to live with what she did to protect her family.

Then a bunch of other things will happen that will come completely out of the blue, probably involving another murderer that will teach Dexter a lesson about his own situation.

As for Dexter, I think we can rule out the “Crime doesn’t pay” ending, with Dexter sitting behind bars or, worse, in an electric chair.  Dexter also won’t commit suicide, as he’s already said that he finds that to be “pathetic.”  It would be pretty great to have a drawn out courtroom scene, where Dexter sits in judgement as so many have sat before him.  I’m sticking with my longstanding assertion that the final episode will make it seem like Dexter has died, but then strongly imply or explicitly show that he is still alive and well, ready to sate his murderous appetite.

Let’s all enjoy the holiday season wondering what joys Dexter will bring to us next year.  Here’s a montage that’s sure to make longtime fans of the series laugh.  It’s a lot of Doakes so, naturally, the language is NSFW.

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