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Original Dexter Showrunner Explains the Finale He Had In Mind

Dexter came to an end on Showtime last night and everyone has something to say about the series finale.  

In my opinion, as a longtime Dexter viewer from the beginning, I thought it was garbage.  Inconsistent, sloppy and silly, the show went out with a whimper instead of the bang it deserved.  

Characters were unceremoniously sent off without a proper farewell…and that Masuka/daughter thing?  What the hell was that and where did it lead?  Nowhere.

E! spoke with Clyde Philips, showrunner on the series.  His term took him through to the end of the Trinity killer storyline which is, arguably, the last “good” season of Dexter.

What did Philips have in mind for the series finale had he stayed on?

“In the very last scene of the series,” Philips explained, “Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.”

“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.”

“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies.  Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”

I can groove with that.  What about you?  Weigh in via our comments below!


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