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Dexter: A New Slice of Life Please...

I have posted before about what television shows me, albeit briefly, but in that post I mentioned the tv series ‘Dexter’. Since then I have seen right through the ‘final season’.  I have to say, as a fan of the whole series who loves the black humour and the irony of an antihero, a vigilante serial killer, I feel let down by the ending.  To my mind, it’s too open and that leads me to think they did that so they could make a follow-on and/or a spin-off. 


In this thinking, it seems I am not alone.  There is quite a lot of fans of the ‘Dexter’ TV series and there is even online petitions going around calling for a follow-on or a spin-off.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.  It took me ages before I got around to seeing it on dvd but I feel that it’s well and truly out there now so… no harm done.  The way I see it…


The new ‘Dexter’ could start as the final ended with him as some sort of lumberjack… instead of killing other bad guys, he’s killing trees and grew a beard.  It seems to me reasonable that a character like ‘good old Dexter’ would, despite the changes in his life, not stop the need to kill.  He’s a psychopath and already has so many to his name.


 This ‘self-imposed exile’ is understandable but still crap, it’s not prison, it’s not death… it’s just nothing, it’s the studios way of leaving it open for future developments. Yes, other tv series have done it… look at Seinfeld.  However, some series really get under your skin for whatever reason and this one is in that very limited category for me. 


If the producers wanted a true ‘Final Season’ then they should have killed him off.   I realise that his character has been analysed and he probably wouldn’t return to Miami but this could just be the start of something new.  It would include new locations, new characters and possibly the return of one or two characters from the previous series.


I actually see the main character, the antihero Dexter saving lives in some major natural disaster, perhaps a land-slide, not necessarily out of need but out of the fact that he can.  I mean, he disappeared during one natural disaster and he could re-emerge through another.  This disaster event gets media coverage and ‘good old Dexter’ gets recognised. 


He, of course, claims amnesia and tries for further anonymity but the exposure is too much and he is eventually lured back.  This only brings the memories flooding back and he yearns to find his son Harrison and possibly his love Hannah.  Of course this brings with it trouble but he finds them or they find him. 


This could lead to finding Harrison and discovering that his son has an emerging ‘Dark Passenger’… there should be a conflict between new and old, maybe bring Deborah in as the guiding light instead of Harry or even Brian/Rudy. 



In the meantime, after a rather intense short period of watching the final series on dvd , it left me flat and so I went searching for some more Dexter goodness.  I have recently turned to the books by Jeffrey Lindsay, have so far read most of them, though I am missing one or two at the moment of writing this.  I found them to be really easy to read, but given that the Dexter character is so familiar from tv, I really enjoyed the differences with some of the minor characters.  The books really do peel away from the tv series.  The first book is what the tv series is based on, although the ending is quite different.


I have so far read ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ which is the one closest to the tv series.  I must say that the early books are hard to find at the moment in secondhand shops and so I bought this first one from a new book store but the others in the series I am borrowing from the local library.  These include ‘Dexter in the Dark’, ‘Dexter is Delicious’, ‘Double Dexter’ and ‘Dexters Final Cut’ which I think should have stuck with the original title of ‘Dexters Debut’….  What is it with the ‘D’ theme anyway? 


There is a bunch of differences with the TV series in the way of minor characters and the order in which deaths occur.  I have heard that Jeff Lindsay is continuing to write, I hope to see the next instalment soon although the publications don’t necessarily come out each year. 


I am still looking forward to getting my hands on the two books I haven’t read yet… ‘Dearly Devoted Dexter’ and ‘Dexter By Design’…  Since ‘Dexters Final Cut’ is the latest one in the book series having been released in September 2013, I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath for a new one for a while?


I’d like to say ‘Thank You’ to Jeffrey Lindsay for this character, it’s been ages since I was passionate about any work of fiction.  I’m not usually one to read the books that a tv series is based on but yours has taken me down this path a bit.  I hope he writes more ‘Dexter’ and I really want to see the ‘Dexter’ TV series continue or a spin-off involving this character.

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10.03 | 19:15

I have stood by and watched a with concern and love. I admire the way you have handled yourself and the situation. My love with you. In admiration. Fly

10.03 | 14:07

Well, come back the TOG you old git. We will love you unconditionally there.

Seriously though, this is a good post. I am sorry for your pain mate.

10.03 | 12:26

Spread your wings you dodo, you might be able to fly.

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