So, the last season of Dexter has come and gone, and we are left to pick up the pieces. Did you like the finale? I know a lot of people really haven't been on board over the last week (or few seasons for that matter), but I'm starting to come around. In the end, I'm not really sure what I wanted really. Perhaps the writers were right. When we first met Dexter, he was a monster. A very controlled and neat monster, but a monster all the same. It would have been strange for them to go the same way as Breaking Bad and push him further down the rabit hole. There might be no redemption left. Seriously, who wants to watch a show about someone you just can't get behind? Even at their worst, Dexter and Walt were compelling dark characters. The only differences was Walter might have had a little more room to fall than Dexter. In the end, we got a series about a man trying to navigate his way through the darkness of himself to find the human inside. I'd say that is an interesting arch.
However, I'm not saying that it couldn't have been better played out. Dexter had its fair share of falls over its eight season run, and I'm not going to let to walk away from that. Instead, I'm going to take everyhing I liked (and a few of my own stuff) and place it all together into some arch that I'd like to have seen.
LETS GET STARTED!!!!!
SEASON 1: The Monster with a Heart of Gold
Okay, very little to change with this one. (Rita, Debra, Doakes, Batista, Masuka & Harry all have the same goals... of course small changes here and there to fit the sudtle changes to the narrative.)
Seasonal Big Bad: Brian Moser (AKA: The Ice Truck Killer)
1) Same as within the first season. However, I think he should (as he does in the first book) think more heavily on his involvement in the Ice Truck Killer case.
2) Dexter shares with us his love of children. He believes that he might be able to find a bit of humanity in Astor and Cody.
3) In the end, he still saves Debra from Brian, but (also like in the book) LaGuerta (in this version... more of a stumbling politician and less of a detective) gets killed off by Brian Moser in the final moments of the season.
4) Brian makes sure that, if he is betrayed by his brother during his request, Dexter's secrete will be released to the public as a whole.
5) The series ends with Captian Matthews receiving directions to Dexter's burial sight. He calls someone to take a look.
SEASON 2: Danger in Miami Bay
Here is where I get really off the established storyline.
Seasonal Big Bad: Isaak Sirko (from Season 7) and James Doakes
1) We open up the season the Miami police department attending LaGuerta's funeral. Doakes is unable to take his eyes away from Dexter the whole service. He knows something is up. At the same time, the people investigate Dexter's burial grounds. Shock and horror at the realization that 30+ bodies are found at the sight.
2) Miami Police Department is in an uproar after the service. People are scattering from place to place trying to figure out who dumbed these bodies in the bay. Some are quick to point to the missing-in-action Brian Moser (AKA: The Ice Truck Killer) for the murders. They are in fact very similar, but this is quickly put away. The press labels the killer "The Bay Harbor Butcher."
3) The unspeakable idea of having two mass serial killers loose in Miami at the same time causes the FBI to send someone to help. Agent Evelyn Vogel (A former liaison of Harry Morgan's) She quickly takes a strick likely to Dexter and Debra. Explaining to them that she knew them from an early age.
4) As the heat rises, Dexter becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the lack of kills he has made. He lashes out. His relationship with Rita is strained because of his lack of sexual advances. In a fit of range/passion/uncertainy, Dexter and Rita have sex before departing ways.
5) Doakes begin paying more attention to Dexter than usual.
6) Debra struggles to find meaning in her life after the realization that Brian Moser was not noly the Ice Truck Killer, but also Dexter's brother. She seeks help from Dexter, but he is not helpful. She finds comfort in Evelyn Vogel.
7) Dexter snaps, he finds a killer and dispatches of him quickly. However, his bloodlust makes him clumsy. Doakes begins to put the pieces together.
8) Enter, Isaak Sirko. The head of the Ukrainian crime syndicate the Koshka Brotherhood.
9) Isaak quickly finds Dexter, and offers him a reprieve from death. Dexter is hired as a hitman for the Koshka Brotherhood. In turn, his crime towards the family will be forgiven. (Isaak and Dexter have philosphical conversations about death and murder. Isaak says the line, "In another life, we would have been friends.")
10) These kills Dexter is forced to commit only draw Doakes and the Miami Police Department closer - namely Debra. Evelyn helps draw Debra closer to the Bay Harbor Butcher.
11) It becomes increasing clear that Isaak will not let Dexter live after he has finished all the murders.
12) Doakes finds Dexter's blood slides and GPS coordinates to Dexter's final killer - a leader of a rival gang. He heads that way.
13) Dexter organizes his last kill. He tells Isaak that he has completeled the kill when instead he has not. (the two schedule to meet in the same lake side cabin from season 2) Isaak comes to Dexter when he is confronted by the leader of the rival gang. The two have a shoot out with Isaak emerging as the victor - all be it badly wounded. Dexter appears from the shadows. The two share a brief, low dialogue before Dexter shoots Isaak in the chest. Doakes wittnesses the whole thing.
14) Doakes arrestes Dexter and locks him in the cabin. Dexter begins to contemplate the benifits of Doakes bring him in. He decides to let it happen. Next, Dexter gets a call on his phone - Rita to inform him that she is pregnant, and it is his. This jolts him into action - he has a strange affection for children... and a child needs a father. He looks around the cabin and finds the rival leader's cell phone and calls for backup. He then calls the Miami Police Department. Immediately after, he starts trying to find a way of breaking out of the cabin.
15) Doakes returns with the incriminating blood slides. The two share a dialogue about Dexter's guilt. Doakes is satified with himself - bringing in Dexter without anyone else's help.
16) Debra and the Miami Police Department get the call - The Bay Harbor Butcher is at the lake cabin. They move.
17) The rival gang shows up and sees their fallen leader. Doakes exists the cabin to see what is going on. A shoot out starts, and Dexter escapes the cabin. A gas tank is hit and blows the entire gun fight to pieces. Dexter is the only survivor.
18) Dexter escapses. Doakes is pronounced The Bay Harbor Butcher.
19) Dexter shows up at Rita's door and proposes to her. She accepts.
20) Two months later, at Dexter's wedding, everyone is celebrating the happy couple. Dexter explains to the audience that he views this child as a way of finding redemption within himself. With Doakes taking the blame for his crimes, and a family to provide for... he believes he can change.
21) Evelyn approaches Dexter at a slow part of the wedding and gives him her wedding gift. She walks away as he opens it - pictures he had drawn as a child. Intimate pictures that only Harry could have had. He looks up, but Evelyn is gone from sight. "Or maybe not..."
Season 3: All Good Things Come in Trinities
So, if you are a Dexter fan, you might have seen that I've taken a few liberties in that last explaination. I'm going to continues to do that. Its been fun. Hope you are enjoying the read. Lets get this season going.
Seasonal Big Bad: Arthur Mitchell (AKA: The Trinity Killer)
1) We begin on the Trinity Killer. He is back to his old tricks. Close to the exact same thing on the show.
2) We pick up a couple of weeks after Dexter and Rita's wedding. The honeymoon is over, and she is beginning to show. Dexter hasn't killed anyone sense Isaak. He doesn't even have his blood slides to help him through the overly long dry spell. Needless to say, his temper is beginning to run thin. He finds himself running way from Rita and the kids more often now. He has found himself stalking local, two-bit killers - watching them do the act... trying to live through them. He knows he is a sick individual, but he is trying to stay good. Trying to stay good for Rita... for the unborn baby. At the same time, Evelyn has been weighing heavily on Dexter's mind. What to do about her? How much did she know? Not much? Why hasn't she told anyone? He's resolved to just avoid her... hard to do with Debra becoming so close.
3) Joey Quinn joins the Miami Police Department in place of James Doakes. He is partnered with Debra, and the two don't get along very well at first. Debra shares her feelings with Evelyn - a woman who has become her own mother figure over their short time together.
4) The police become aware of the existance of The Tinity Killer's latest murder, but they don't know any details about the amount he is willing to go.
5) Due to his new habit, Dexter becomes very obessed with the first Trinity kill. He doesn't know why, but he knows that there will be more killings to be had.
6) Dexter's lack of attention allows Rita to seek out the attention from a next door neighbor, Oliver Saxon.
7) Evelyn once again approaches Dexter - this time catching him off guard while he's in his own day dream. She informs him of her involvment in Harry's Code - in a way, she is the mother of his dark passenger's safe travels. At first, he is not impressed or convienced.
8) Evelyn questions Debra's hatred of Joey. Maybe she has a crush on him?
9) Debra and Joey's mutual hatred quickly turns to mutual grab-ass. They find that they work well together.
10) Another Trinity killing. Dexter and Joey are both hot on the tail, as they are the only one's who believe that the killings are related. However, while Joey doesn't notices Dexters nature, Dexter notice's Joeys. There is something off about him.... something not normal.
11) One night, Dexter has a very vivid dream that he is slaughtering one of the two-bit-killers that he has spent time watching over the last few weeks. The dream in grand and magical. Blood spills and Dexter experiences an almost orgasmic sense of relief. He wakes up to find himself covered in blood the two-bit-criminal mutilated in front of him. Messy... very very sloppy. After a brief freak out, he does his best to cover it up.
12) At the crime scene, people believe that Dexter's latest kill is that of Joey's mythical serial killer... the man with no motive or method. Joey doesn't believe that this is the case.
13) Evelyn is very interested in the idea that Dexter has married with a baby on the way. She doesn't believe that Dexter should be capable of loving another human being. Dexter informs her that he has changed. He lies about not killing anyone in weeks. She is not convienced.
14) Dexter finds Arthur Mitchell and seeks him out.
15) Dexter and Arthur Mitchell create a mutual bond. Dexter starts to believe that he could have Arthur's perfect life without giving up his Dark Passenger. His next kill with be Arthur. Dexter now knows that Evelyn is wrong.
16) The third and final Trinity killing is found. Joey starts to put the pieces together. He is a damn good detective... almost like he knows how killers think. His success helps Debra work her way up the department. The two become closer, as Joey conviences the department that their number one suspect is Arthur Mitchell.
17) Dexter is forced to get much closer to the Arthur's family in order to protect not only their bond, but also his kill. However, with this closeness comes the realization that not everything is perfect in the Mitchell house. A broken home. Damaged children. Battered wife. Evelyn was right. Nevertheless, Dexter doesn't want to believe it. He knows that he can do better with his life and family. This realization only makes him want to kill Mitchell even more.
18) Joey brings Arthur in for questioning when Arthur learns that Dexter isn't who he says he is. In the end, they most let him go because they don't have enough on him to tie him to the murders.
19) Joey is unconvinced that Arthur isn't the killer, and begins to track him. This causes a problem for Dexter, and he is forced to get focus on getting Joey's attention away from Arthur for a couple of hours by stealing Debra's phone and texting about something important. Joey is more than happy to meet Debra.
20) Dexter kidnaps Arthur and places him on his table. Arthur laughs at his doom and thinks of it as a release. Dexter tells Arthur of his family and that he believes how he can make it work. Arthur laughs in his face before Dexter stabs him in the heart.
21) Dexter returns home to find a pregnant Rita dead in the bathtub... much like the first Trinity killing.
To be continued????