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'Dexter' Season Finale Recap: "Surprise, Motherf**ker!"


Gearing up to this week’s finale, last week’s Dexter was pretty intense with Deb’s car accident, Hannah getting arrested and especially with LaGuerta’s investigation leading her right to Dexter himself. As a result, this week’s finale is not for the faint of heart.

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Most of this season I have been okay with the quality of the episodes but I haven’t been on the edge of my seat like I was in past seasons. This episode though, as LaGuerta’s investigation came to an end, I was holding my breath the whole time. I wish they had spread this out a little more, not necessarily the Doakes flashbacks, but LaGuerta coming out with the investigation and the struggle between her and Deb.

This whole plot felt like a tiny side plot all season long and while the finale was amazing, it felt a little rushed. Maybe if they had focused more on this plot on past episodes, it would have had a better pace.

I really liked Hannah’s storyline wrap up. I like that she and Dexter can be honest with each other, even if they can’t trust the other. But I also like her as a character, she makes no excuses for her kills, there is no regret and even though I don’t want her anywhere near Deb, it does make her interesting. I don’t know if there are plans to bring her back next season or if she’s finally going to Argentina, but I’d like to see her again.

The flashbacks were fun, I love Doakes and I’m so glad we got to see him again! He was a great character too and I’m glad he is remembered. Of course, every time he says ‘surprise motherf*cker’, I can’t help but think of the meme. Still, it was interesting to have Dexter looking at the past and thinking about exactly when he slip with Doakes and how he wasn’t going to make the same mistakes with LaGuerta.

Speaking of LaGuerta, that was a genius setup to make her look crazy, not that I’d expect anything less from Dexter. And if only she had taken the hit on her career and had kept her head down, that would have been all that would have happened to her, but apparently, she had to keep looking into it. I was so nervous the moment she pulled Deb into her office and started showing her the footage from the gas station, but truth is, that wouldn’t have been enough proof and Deb has to have known that.

Still, I’m glad that at the end, Dexter did decide to use his ‘chosen method of conflict resolution’ on her. LaGuerta had to go, the second that found that slide, she had to go. I’m just sad that Deb was the one who ended up doing it, because she has been messed up enough with finding out everything about Dex and then Hannah, she doesn’t need this on top of everything else.

It will be interesting to see how she is next season, how she deals with the fact that she too, is a killer now. Are they going to start working together or is she going to distance herself from him even more? I can’t wait to find out about this, but now we have to wait another year for any answers at all.

Overall, season seven was good. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t the best season of Dexter, but it was definitely the best one since Trinity. Hopefully next season will exceed expectations.

Until next year. 

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