On the finale of the fourth season of Dexter, the chase is on. Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is caught off guard when Arthur Mitchell, the Trinity Killer himself (John Lithgow), marches straight up and ID’s him in the middle of the Miami Metro Homicide Department. However, Dexter is able to breathe easier when he realizes that Trinity thinks he is simply a vigilante cop and extortionist. Trinity simply warns him to stay away and leaves it at that. However, Dexter has no choice but to try and stop Trinity, since Miami Homicide has finally cracked the case wide open and is hot on Arthur Mitchell’s trail. Meanwhile, Dexter’s sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), uncovers the truth about Dexter’s origins – that he was, in fact, Dexter Moser – brother of season one’s Ice Truck Killer Brian Moser (Christian Camargo). As usual, if you haven’t seen the finale, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!
What an ending. I don’t think my B-hole has ever been so strenuously exerted…except the time I ate four cheesy gordita crunches from the Border in one sitting. That was bad.
Anyhow, this season’s finale is a prime example of how television writers WILL, in fact, heed the cries of the audience. I am speaking of course about the death of the consummate wifey – Rita (Julie Benz). The hard truth is that people were tired of Rita…and the writers knew it.
I can remember watching season one and being completely swept away by Rita. It wasn’t her looks and it especially wasn’t her wispy, whiny voice. It was her vulnerability. She was able to draw compassion from the audience because of her frailty. She was the price that would be paid if Dexter was ever caught. She thought she had found her Prince Charming, but if she only knew. If she only knew…this is the mantra of Rita.
But as the show went on, Rita seemed to fall from grace with every Dexter fan I’ve talked with. Her time was up. So to Rita I say, “c’est la vie.”
So where does this leave us Dexter hounds hanging until season five? Think of this:
We now have Dexter in the home with his slain wife; his footprints all over the place and her blood all over him; unable to establish a firm alibi (as he was out dealing with Trinity all day); exhibiting odd behavior the day of the murder (his tussle with Quinn); and ill-equipped to show the emotion of a grieving husband. Also, he sent his kids away for the weekend, which looks suspicious.
Add to that the fact that Rita was killed Trinity style, which either looks as though someone familiar with case (Dexter) copied Trinity, or raises eyebrows over a possible connection between Trinity and Dexter – either way, it ain’t good.
And finally, there was that ominous “yet…” that Masuka added when it was stated the homicide department didn’t know how someone could frame Stan (the trucker) by using Trinity’s DNA. Masuka is hilarious as a character: he’s boorish, crude, and immature. BUT he is also smart as a whip, and I can’t help but wonder if Masuka is eventually going to wind up on a collision course with the truth about Dexter.
This equation looks to me as though Dexter is going to be spending most of season five on his heals trying not to be found out – more so than ever before. We could even see him begin to slaughter the innocent to protect himself, something that he oathed never to do (even though he has killed an innocent, by mistake to be fair).
It has been a FANTASTIC season. I put it right up there with season two. Big kudos to John Lithgow and the writers for crafting such a creepy villain this season. I’m interested to hear from all of you crime nuts out there what you think may lie waiting for Dexter next season. What did you think of this season? What would you like to see next season?
Until next time, my dear Dexheads, keep your blood slides hidden safe and your kill tools sharp. See you next season…
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