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It seems like only yesterday that Dexter Morgan began using The Code to exact his macabre version of vigilante justice on those he deemed wrong.  But, after eight amazing seasons, Dexter  has come to an end.  

 

Fans have been waiting impatiently all season to see just what would become of the likeable serial killer.

 

Tonight they got their wish.

 

“Remember the Monsters?” took a few minutes to start because, unsurprisingly, there were some flashback clips and some sound bytes from the cast—past and present. When it did start, we were in for a doozy of an episode!Photo: Showtime

 

If you haven’t watched it yet and you want to be surprised by how the whole shebang went down, then stop reading now.  If not…

 

The show started with Dexter and Harrison in the airport getting ready to leave for Argentina.  Hannah calls them from the bathroom to let them know that Elway is in the waiting area.  He hasn’t yet seen her, but will if she tries to board with them.  So Dexter comes up with an ingenious way to shake Elway. Once he’s taken care of, he calls Hannah and tells her that the coast is clear- although his stunt has also cost them their flight.

 

Deb is found and is put in an ambulance for transport to the hospital.  Quinn rides with her and she tells him that she’s done things that she isn’t proud of. He tells her that the good she’s done cancels out the bad and that she’s a good person.  They finally make it to the hospital and she tells Quinn that she loves him before being wheeled away for surgery.

 

Batista makes the decision to tell Dexter about his sister and Matthews makes the call.  Dexter tells Hannah that Saxon shot his sister and that he has to go to the hospital to see her.  Before leaving, he tells her that they should go to a different place when they finally leave in order to once again shake Elway. Saxon makes an appearance, commandeers a truck, and takes off.  In the meantime Dexter makes it to the hospital.

 

Elway continues to try to contact DM Clayton and lets him know that Hannah is still in town and he will keep trying to locate her.  Elway makes some calls and learns that Clayton has been killed. When Deb wakes up Dexter is waiting.  She’s surprised to see him since he should be on his way to Argentina.  He’s upset and guilty and feels as if he’s screwed up Deb’s life.  She tells him otherwise and that she wants him to be happy.  A doctor comes in to check up on Deb and tells them that she’s optimistic about her recovery. When the doctor leaves, Dexter tells her about what happened at the airport.  Dexter still wants to find a way to get Hannah out of the country, yet also wants to take care of Saxon before he goes with her.

 

While in the hospital, he flashes back to when Harrison was born and when Deb met his son for the first time.  He also talks to Matthews, who offers to help.  Dexter asks him to watch over Deb because Saxon is still out there. Elway goes to the hospital and runs into Dexter.  He asks about Deb, but also lets him know that he knows about him and Hannah.

 

While Miami gets ready for the impending hurricane, Saxon heads to a veterinary hospital where he threatens the vet with a gun and makes him stitch up his wounds.

 

Dexter meets up with Hannah and they discuss how she can leave.  She offers to take Harrison with her, and he wants her to so that they are both safe.

 

Saxon is stitched up, and while the vet is finishing up, the news of Deb’s shooting and Clayton’s death flash on the TV.

 

Dexter takes Hannah and Harrison to the bus station and sends them to the airport to once again try and fly out.  He tells Harrison that he will join them as soon as he ties up a few loose ends.  They say their touching goodbyes and plan to soon reunite in Buenos Aires.

 

 

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Saxon has the vet take him to the hospital.  Instead of letting the man go, Saxon cuts out his tongue and lets him go into the hospital.  During the chaos, Saxon heads to Deb’s room, but Dexter is on to him and following closely behind.  Before Dexter can get to him, Batista and his officers take Saxon instead. Dexter finds Quinn, who is visibly shaken because Deb has stopped breathing and was taken to the ICU.  She is on a ventilator and the doctor tells them that there were complications—a possible clot that triggered a major stroke that deprived her brain of oxygen.  Even if she can breathe on her own, she will never be ok again.  Only a miracle would make things better. Dexter once again flashes back to the day that Harrison was born: when things between him and Deb were good.

 

Hannah is on the bus and talking to Harrison about Argentina when she looks up and sees Elway sitting across the aisle from her.  He tells her to sit quietly until they reach Daytona and then, when there, he will turn her in and give Harrison to CPS.

 

Batista and Quinn interrogate Saxon while Dexter watches.  Quinn loses it during the interview and is sent out of the room.  Saxon asks to speak to his attorney.

 

Hannah offers Elway some tea.  As he’s refusing, she injects him with a horse tranquilizer and makes her getaway with Harrison.

 

Dexter acts as if he is going to perform a GSR test on Saxon, but his intentions are much more menacing.  Once face to face with the man who shot his sister and killed Vogel, he tells him that he only blames himself for what happened, and that Saxon’s actions forced him to look at himself and see the trail of blood and body parts he has left in his wake.  He tells Saxon that he plans to kill him with the pen that he’s placed on the table.  Saxon gets to it first and stabs him in the shoulder, but Dexter is quicker—taking the pen from his shoulder and stabbing him in the neck.  He hits the panic button and tells the officers that Saxon tried to kill him.

 

Batista reviews the tapes and asks Dexter why he wanted to personally do the test, especially since he no longer works there.  Dexter says that he is technically employed until the end of the week and wanted to do it so that he could look him in the eye and make sure the test was done right.  They deem the murder self defense and Dexter is off the hook.

 

Dexter takes his boat and heads to the hospital to see Deb.  The storm is beginning to rage and the hospital is preparing for it.  Deb is still unconscious and on the ventilator and Dexter is completely overwhelmed.  He apologizes to his sister as he sits and holds her hand.  He tells her that he can’t leave her like that and turns off the ventilator.  Dexter watches Deb slowly stop breathing and tells her one last time that he loves her.  He personally wheels her out on a gurney and takes her body to his boat, and in the chaos of the coming storm no one notices.  He drives out into the water and calls Hannah.  She is about to board the plane with Harrison and is happy about their future.  He talks to Harrison and tells him one last time that he loves him and to remember that every day until they see each other once again.  After Dexter hangs up, he takes Deb’s body, drops it overboard, and watches as it sinks.

 

He then decides that he needs to protect Hannah and Harrison from himself and steers his boat right into the storm. The storm is over and a rescue crew finds the wreckage from his boat floating in the water. Batista receives the call that Dexter is dead.  And Hannah reads about it while safely in Argentina with Harrison.

 

Just when you think it’s over, it cuts to a lumber yard, where we find Dexter very much alive and living a very sad and secret life.

 

Interesting…


Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.

 

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Photo: Showtime