“Who am I? I’m a creep motherf*****.” – Dexter
Well, that’s it folks! Another season of Dexter in the books, as season seven comes to a conclusion tonight with the gripping season finale “Surprise, Motherf*****!” And what a season it was, too! I’ll get more into my detailed thoughts at the end of the review, but in short I can’t just believe the show is still this exciting overall in its seventh season. I mean, how many other shows can you think of where you could look back and say “Hey man, remember that show? Season seven was so good!” I can’t think of any, and I was especially happy for how incredible this season turned out considering how lackluster last season was.
Tonight’s finale started out with Hannah and Dex meeting up in prison. Hannah quickly admits to poisoning Deb, so people thinking that Deb might have possibly poisoned herself in order to frame Hannah are unfortunately incorrect. Hannah is summarily charged and sent back to prison, but whe gets her buddy Arlene to help bust her out, and now it looks like she’s still on the loose! I’ve really loved Hannah in these last few episodes, and I of course would love to see more Yvonne Strahovski, so I’m really happy they didn’t write out Hannah entirely. I was a bit surprised that we really didn’t get any resolution to her character, as all that she did tonight was escape and leave a plant on Dex’s doorstep to let him know she’s still around. I’m not sure if they’ll choose to have her as a major player in the eighth and final season, but she has to come back in one way or another, right?
The most surprising part of the episode for me was how quickly Maria comes over to arrest Dexter. I would have assumed that Dexter being arrested would have happened later in the episode, and that the rest of the installment would have showed Dexter working his way out of this tight spot, but I quite liked what happened instead. It’s a bit ironic that Dexter is arrested for the one murder that he actually didn’t commit (yet). Dexter is able to worm his way out of it pretty easily, but LaGuerta doesn’t stop there!
I thought it was a bit strange that LaGuerta has a nice long conversation with both Angel and Matthews, and both of them try to convince her to lay off the investigation, and she still goes right ahead with it! What was the point of these two scenes at all if they weren’t going to do a darn thing to dissuade her?
While I really loved Jennifer Carpenter in tonight’s episode, and I think that this season as a whole is the season that has the best chance of winning Carpenter some Emmy gold, the writing for her character was a little off in the early going. I’m not sure I really bought Deb being upset with Dexter for ruining LaGuerta’s career. You’d think that she would see that as a reasonable piece of collateral damage if it’s going to result in keeping her only brother away from the death sentence. I also think Deb’s logic as of late has been a bit spotty. For instance, she just thought to ask right now if Hannah knows Dexter’s secret or not? Wouldn’t you double-check that first before throwing her in jail, where she could blab to the first person she meets?
On the positive side, I absolutely loved seeing Doakes again. When I first saw him pop on screen with his trademark “Surprise, motherf*****” line, I thought he was going to be a Harry-like projection in Dexter’s head. Wouldn’t that have been awesome to have Erik King pop up every once in a while and start cursing out Dexter? Anyway, I really liked how the flashbacks were handled on this show. We so rarely see flashbacks on Dexter, and it was interesting that it was even shot differently. Everything looked a little brighter, the image was a bit more grainy, and Deb was rocking those ridiculous bangs! Man, I’m glad that’s changed over the years.
So Maria obviously had not given up on her investigation of Dexter, and now her sights have turned on Deb! I always assumed that if Dex would be discovered, it would be through one of his own mistakes, but something as mundane as Deb filling up a gas can ended up being their downfall.
The actual plan to kill LaGuerta was pretty easily executed (or it would have been if Deb didn’t interrupt), but I loved that Dexter actually struggled with this choice for a while. I liked how he told Harry that it isn’t easy for him anymore, and that the facade that he used to put on to separate himself from his kills doesn’t work like it used to.
As I predicted several weeks ago, the big death tonight was LaGuerta. The fact that she died wasn’t too big of a surprise, but the way she died, with Deb actually shooting her, was just heartbreaking. LaGuerta has been a very unlikable character at some parts of this series, but she has been in every season thus far, so it’s sad to see a series regular go in such a brutal way. It will be interesting to see how her death affects the rest of the cast when we pick back up in season eight!
Overall, this episode played out quite a bit differently than I thought it would at first. When Dexter was arrested only minutes into the episode, I assumed the entirety of the finale would be devoted to Dexter pleading his case and that maybe the very final scene would be a cliffhanger to drive us into the final season, just like the finale of season six. With tonight being the last season finale ever for Dexter, since next season’s will actually be a series finale, I think it did everything a good season finale should do. It resolved some major storylines, opened up a couple more interesting ones, and definitely has my interest piqued for season eight! See you all again in September!
- Are you allowed to make out with someone in the visiting room of a prison? Whenever I see people touch in a D.O.C. visiting room I can’t help but be reminded of Arrested Development. “NO TOUCHING!”
- Any Spanish speakers out there? What did Angel say to Maria in their conversation?
- Very interesting that Showtime chose to put a message at the beginning about the recent shootings in Connecticut. Was that put up before everybody’s airing?