DEXTER Finale: ‘The Big One’

December 13, 2010 by  

Tick, tick, tick.

DEXTER fans, year five is now officially over and yet, it feels like the season just started.

And while this Sunday’s finale didn’t pack quite the punch that last season’s epic hour did — though, to be fair, that was one of the most shocking television finales ever — tons of stuff went down, which should propel us nicely into the recently announced season six.

But let’s talk about what happened last night, shall we?

First of all, thank you DEXTER writers for not killing Lumen off. We all remember Rita in the bathtub. Poor Dexter might have cracked had he lost Lumen too. It certainly seemed like that’s where we could be heading, seeing as last week’s episode had Lumen’s life in danger when she was kidnapped by Jordan Chase.

Dexter walked straight into the trap Jordan set for him, but Chase should have realized that Dex hasn’t survived this long for no reason. As properly prepared as a boy scout, Dex is. He kept one knife from his kit with him and was able to cut his way out of the restraints and stab Jordan in the foot. Um, ouch.

When it came time to kill Jordan, Dexter let Lumen get the closure she needed and she finished him off. Unfortunately for them, Deb was on Jordan’s trail and figured out that he was probably hiding at the campground where he and his friends committed their first crime. She arrived and found Jordan’s body and spotted the two “vigilante killers” behind a curtain, cleaning the weapons.

Though I know Deb can’t find out her brother is a killer yet, I was hoping she would at least pull back the freaking curtain when she talked to him and Lumen. Instead, she told the faceless people that she knew why they did what they did and she was a police officer, so she’d have to report the crime. Deb warned them that the place would be swarming with cops in an hour, so it would be best if they were gone when the authorities showed up.

Lumen and Dexter took Deb’s advice and disposed of Jordan’s body on Dex’s boat. Was anyone else worried Lumen was going to jump overboard? She seemed too happy, Dexter seemed too content and I was just waiting for something to go tragically wrong. But it didn’t. As we found out the next day, Lumen was happy, but her happiness came at an expense — her “dark passenger” was gone. She couldn’t stay with Dexter and continue doing their “deeds.”

Poor Dexter. Once again, we got to see a glimpse of his humanity as he threw a plate and pleaded with Lumen to stay. She couldn’t… and now there is someone out in the world who knows what Dexter does.

Actually, there may be two people who know the truth.

Quinn.

Oh, Quinn. I’m also thankful Quinn wasn’t killed, a la Doakes in season two. I was a little worried Dexter was going to frame Quinn for Liddy’s murder — a murder Dexter himself committed after Liddy kidnapped him in an attempt to get his job back — but Dexter showed again that he has a heart. Dexter realized that Deb probably couldn’t handle finding out that another guy she cared about was actually a killer — thanks, Rudy, for screwing Deb up — so he falsified the lab results so the blood that had dripped on Quinn’s shoe didn’t match Liddy’s.

But since Quinn spent much of this season working with Liddy to find out Dexter’s secret — or trying to reign Liddy in, once Q realized he couldn’t do that to Deb — he must realize Dexter was the one to kill Liddy. But Quinn told Dexter he owes Dex one…so maybe he’ll let the truth go? Now that Deb and Quinn seem to be solidly in a relationship, it will be interesting to see what happens when Deb discovers her brother is a killer and her boyfriend kept this secret.

It has to happen eventually, right?

Seriously, is it time for season six yet?

What did you think, DEXTER fans? Did you like the finale? Was season five what you hoped it would be?

Let’s chat.

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6 Responses to “DEXTER Finale: ‘The Big One’”

  1. Jackie on December 13th, 2010 3:40 pm

    I loved it!! And yeah although it wasn’t as big as last year, I was so sad again this year. I was really happy for Dexter, having found someone he could be with that really knew him…and was so sad when she said she was leaving. And I’m also glad Dexter made it so Quinn was not guilty. I’m glad Quinn has also come around and stopped snooping around Dexter…all for love. :)
    I thought I heard somewhere that Michael is ready to move on, so am wondering where season 6 will take us, especially if it’s the last one!!

  2. tw111 on December 13th, 2010 9:56 pm

    The shocking part of this finale for me was that there was no shocker as far as Lumen or Quinn getting offed…. I just knew at least one of them was a goner! Then when the unreal Deb scene happened, I was afraid that Dexter would face the choice of having to give up Lumen as the kiler or have his sister find out, and I was worried he’d toss her under the bus ( I know, oh me of little faith!).
    Although I know that Quinn gets that Dexter rigged the blood test to clear him, it’s not so clear that he thinks Dexter is the killer…hope not, anyway. I’d be more inclined to think that Deb had a gut feeling that Dexter was behind that curtain and couldn’t bring herself to believe it.
    Another super season….. especially in contrast to last year’s. Love the Dexter, the attendant gore, not so much…..

  3. tw111 on December 13th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Grr… ‘ killer ‘

  4. Rebeccapedia on December 15th, 2010 9:31 pm

    Yeah, I kind of felt Deb knew it had been Dexter behind the curtain. I HATE that Lumen left, I absolutely loved her character this year, I didn’t think anything would make up for Rita’s death, and yet she managed to inject more heart, and open Dexter up more than he ever had before, and I really disliked the cop out at the end, it was kind of like he’d written off everything that had happened to him with her this year, it was very square one, and it felt like next season they were just going to ignore her incredible effect on him.
    I was so upset by Rita’s murder last year, but I understood where they were going with it, whereas getting rid of Lumen is just shit. Maybe they’ll go ahead and give him an unusual partner in crime, I think Deb loves him enough, and is crazy enough to join the darkside eventually, or maybe it’ll be Quinn, their ending was weird.
    I wonder how they’ll end the series, I always thought eventually Dex would be able to stop killing, but they’ve hammered home the fact that this is never going to happen, so who knows….

  5. MrNov on December 16th, 2010 2:20 pm

    What happened to pictures in quinn’s nightstand?

  6. John on December 17th, 2010 6:09 am

    I heard that there will even be a 7th season too! I really hope Dexter never ends, its one of the best shows ever!

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