Dexter's Final Season, Episode 11: Dexter Says Goodbye to His Dark Passenger
Dexter the show is gearing up to finish its successful eight year run, and Dexter the character is gearing up to start a new life with a new wife. Both events were blatantly paralleled in last night's eleventh episode.
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It began with the ceremonial cleansing of the hands - as Dexter washes his hands of Vogel's blood in the opening scene, what he is really doing is ridding himself of all the bloodshed he's caused in his life. The whole point of leaving to Argentina with Hannah is to start a new life as a new person, no more Dark Passenger, no more blood. However, before he can leave, his family roots tie him down and he needs to do one last thing to protect his family: kill Saxon -- AKA Daniel Vogel.
Despite Dexter's not-so-healthy relationship with Vogel, he still felt a connection to her - she surpassed the role of "spiritual" mother and became a real mother figure for Dexter. We can see how her death has altered him, especially as he kneels next to her lifeless body and says, "The last time I was in a pool of my mother's blood, I was too young to do anything about it, but I'm no longer a child." Killing Saxon will no longer be just for protection, but for vengeance.
Aside from a final kill, Dexter needs to prepare to pack up his whole life and sell whatever's left. Jamie comments on seeing Dexter's apartment so bare and packed up: "Seeing your place all boxed up is making this so real." This mirrors the audience's sentiments exactly - it's hard to believe there's just one episode left in the series; one last chance for this final season to redeem itself.
For a psychopath who is supposed to feel no empathy, Dexter is starting to show real emotion. While he was showing his boat to a potential buyer, we detected a hint of sadness from Dex. And for a man who spent his entire life pretending, at the very end, we learn he's not pretending anymore. During his impromptu going away party at Batista's restaurant, Debra tells Dexter he should pretend like he's going to miss the Miami Metro gang, to which he narrates, "It's no longer pretend." Dexter even tells Quinn he approves of his relationship with Deb! That's major change.