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“Dexter” finale comes across as betrayal to fan

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm •  Published: December 19, 2011
Jennifer Carpenter as Debora Morgan (Season 6, episode 12-season finale) - Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime - Photo ID: dexter_612_0822
Jennifer Carpenter as Debora Morgan (Season 6, episode 12-season finale) - Photo: Randy Tepper/Showtime - Photo ID: dexter_612_0822

As a major “Dexter” fan, I was considerably disappointed, to put it lightly, with last night’s sixth season finale.

I’m afraid one of my all-time favorite shows has jumped the shark.

And for a series about a blood spatter analyst by day/serial killer by night, that’s quite a jump.

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the finale.

For Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) to discover that she’s in love with him – her adopted brother since childhood – is abominable, not only because of the situation, but because it’s such a cheap way for the story line of the show to go.

And, besides that detestable element, “Dexter” fans were also subjected to Deb witnessing Dexter taking out this season’s nemesis Travis (Colin Hanks), the Doomsday Killer – a definite no-no.

One of the best aspects of the series is Dexter and Deb’s brother-sister relationship, as co-workers for Miami Metro Homicide (Deb’s a lieutenant), and when they’re not on the job — again, the emphasis is on their BROTHER-SISTER relationship.

Dexter’s the one guy Deb has always been able to trust, and now she sees him killing someone?

And, besides his son, Deb is the only one Dexter really cares about.

Another of the essential components of the show is that Deb didn’t know about Dexter’s homicidal tendencies, and we fans never wanted her to find out — at least I didn’t!

The “Dexter” writers have their work cut out for them for the next season and then some — I don’t know how it can recover from this debacle.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

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