In bad news for serial killers looking for good role models, Showtime's Dexter came to an end after an eight season run last year. A beautiful, blood-spattered swan-song, if you will...
But unfortunately, not everyone was happy with the way the show (shrink)wrapped up, leaving many fans annoyed with the series writers. As it turns out, fans weren't the only ones happy with Dexter's ending. In a recent interview, Michael C. Hall was asked if he thinks, perhaps, that Dexter should've met his maker in the final season. The actor acknowledged that it may have made for a better ending, indeed:
You know, his dad died, Rita died -- well, once he decided that, he faked his death and erased himself, but he didn't want to die. I honestly find it to be a pretty dark ending, and I think it upset a lot of people. Certainly, the shakiness of certain aspects of the eighth season maybe made that ending less palatable to people. I don't think people were ready to be told that, because they were already feeling a sense of ambivalence for the show. But the idea that he imprisons himself in a prison of his own making I think is fitting [for the character].
It's tricky... Sometimes I wish he'd offed himself, wish he'd died, wish Deb had shot him in that train compartment -- of course, that would have made an eighth season difficult to do.
Most fans wanted something super bold to happen like Dexter taking his own life or someone doing it for him, like, perhaps Deb. Personally, however, I think Aimee Garcia (who played Jamie Batista on the Showtime show) summed it up best when she commented that Dexter's end fate was
Punishing himself for everything that he's done... So much more heartbreaking than escaping through death. But it was hard for people to swallow that. No one wants to see their favorite anti hero so sad.
On the plus side, leaving Dexter alive leaves us with room to speculate the character's return in a possible spin-off show...
What did you guys think of the Dexter finale? D'you wish the Dark Defender had kicked the bucket?
The Dexter finale was...