Your friendly, neighbourhood murderer returns for his seventh rendition of the hit series tonight, but now his secret is out, can he continue his slashing? Contains spoilers. Loads of them...
Let me get this out in the open – I love Dexter. I’ve loved the programme since the first day I saw it. I’ve read and re-read all the books and still can’t get enough. The idea of a serial killer working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department is one that captivates me.
Michael C. Hall’s portrayal of the character with frightening accuracy sees the audience associating themselves with Dexter, while remaining fearful of his dark passenger – the ghostly being that possesses him to kill and has been with him since he was found in a pool of his own blood by father Harry as a child. It is no shock to note that Hall has been nominated for countless Emmy Awards as a result of his work on the show.
Anyway, let’s bring you up to speed with season 7. Beforehand, we have to return to the end of season 6. For those that remember, Dexter had finally hunted down Travis Marshall, who lay on the church alter wrapped in the plastic that had become so significant with the serial killer.
Dexter had just plunged his knife deep into the heart of the “Doomsday Killer” when, unbeknownst to him, step sister and recently appointed lieutenant Debra Morgan had bore witness to the entire event. For those that had seen season 5, Dexter’s secret had come close to being revealed by Deb following the death of Jordan Chase. However, she opted to allow him and somewhat sidekick Lumen Pierce to escape, sympathetic that Julia Stiles’ character may have been a victim in Chase’s harrowing actions.
The idea of a serial killer working as a blood splatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department is one that captivates me
Nevertheless, there was to be no hiding by Dexter at the beginning of season 7. Deb had seen the whole murder of Marshall and was stuck in two minds as to how respond to the actions of her step brother. Does she arrest Dexter following the lie that she has just been told or go along with his plan of making the death of the “Doomsday Killer” a successful suicide attempt?
In the end, it’s the latter, with Dexter confident he has again managed to perform the near on perfect crime. Deb, on the other hand, doesn’t believe that this is the first time he has killed before and after further investigation, is proved right. At the end of episode 1, we see Dexter come home to a ransacked apartment with Deb sat in the corner of his darkened living room.
With it, we see the blood slides, the same slides that saw James Doakes labelled the ‘Bay Harbour Butcher’ from season 2, and his array of knives sprawled out across the coffee table. Deb then asks whether Dexter has killed before, to which he says yes.
This brings us up to speed with episode 2. Deb is now fully aware of Dexter’s past and, initially, struggles with how to deal with the thought that her brother is a serial killer. However, she reluctantly accepts his psychological state and the murderer that he is, primarily because he is family.
We see the blood slides, the same slides that saw James Doakes labelled the ‘Bay Harbour Butcher’ from season 2, and his array of knives sprawled out
The season already has seen the relationship of the duo stretched to the absolute limit, but Deb with her problems is willing to help Dexter, insisting that he lives at hers in order to help quell the dark passenger that lays dormant inside him.
As the episode continues, the bond between the duo grows stronger, until Deb insists that Vince Masuka help in a case involving convicted murderer Wayne Randall, who is prepared to divulge the locations of three of his victims.
With Masuka working on the death of detective Mike Anderson from episode 1, Dexter agrees to take his place on the dig site. It’s here that Dexter catches a glimpse of his future self. Wayne is insisting that one of his victims is buried in a specific location, but the authorities are struggling to pinpoint where exactly.
Before too long, Wayne and Dexter begin to discuss the outside world, the apparent cleansing of the formers soul and life in prison. This is where the episode title, “Sunshine and Frosty Swirls” begins to make sense.
It’s here that Dexter catches a glimpse of his future self
The revelation appears to shake some sense into Dexter, before Wayne opts to end his life, insinuating that he was never the mood to help the authorities in their search, but rather enjoy a few days in the sun and a frosty swirl before his brutal death.
The main bulk of the storyline continuously focuses on the ever-growing relationship between the step siblings, while having a tendency to relate to the side stories, with James Quinn and Angel Batista investigating the death of a stripper and Louis Greene’s vendetta against Dexter.
This season has begun at a frantic pace and has seen the show take a very disturbing direction. We’ve already seen someone associate themselves with Dexter, with Lumen from season 5 seeing him for who he really is before bringing their relationship to an end following the death of Jordan.
However, whether Deb can keep up her current pattern of, effectively, being Dexter’s guardian remains to be seen. Harry Morgan, the duo’s father, has already warned the protagonist that the current link between the two can’t be continued, something Dexter accepts.
The revelation appears to shake some sense into Dexter, before Wayne opts to end his life
He continuously feels the need to kill, as witnessed when he came close to ending the life of Louis before having a change of heart of consoling with Deb, whom he drugged to escape her prison-esque homestead in the first place.
Dexter will forever have the urge to kill, as he explained in great depth during the episode. It will be interesting to determine whether Deb can keep up her current intent to cure her stepbrother, something that appears impossible. However, this season is certainly shaping up to be one of the darkest in the shows history.
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