Sigh. I suppose all good things must come to an end, and “Dexter” has been one of TV’s finest shows for a long time.
But if it hasn’t jumped the shark yet, it’s certainly suspended in mid-leap high above the big fella, just waiting to come down on the other side. Why? I thought you’d ask that. Let me explain.
The first reason is Deb and her new reliance on this shrink. Riveting conversation not seen since the likes of The Sopranos (not) is something we could do without. Such mind-blowing revelations about how she can’t change her brother — he’s a chair, you guys — and other boring dialogue kill any momentum the show builds until those scenes. No one cares — or wants — Deb to see a shrink. Besides, isn’t the ‘character seeing a shrink’ a bit played out?
Then there’s this whole Gellar mess. They didn’t just go all ‘Sixth Sense’ on us in the last episode did they? Did they? They sure did. If the ‘character seeing a shrink’ plot line is uninspired, then how do you describe the ‘he was dead all along!”? I have no words to describe my disappointment that they went that route.
If there were TV betting like there is sports betting, than I would bet that next season of Dexter will be the last. That assumes that Michael C. Hall and Showtime come to a contract agreement. If not, then this season could be the end.
And there would be nothing wrong with that. Dexter will certainly go down as one of the best TV shows in history, and you can’t fault the writers for the current dearth of ideas. I wrote about how Dexter should end a while back, so maybe they could go that route. It’s never too late for laughs, right?
EDIT: The fine folks at Reddit and a commenter here pointed out that I missed some facts while penning this. First is that Hall and Showtime have agreed to a deal and the show will run for 2 more seasons. I hope they are better than this one.