Buck the System

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The Murder Games

...and then she's returning to the house, where Dexter offers her coffee SEE DEXTER THAT'S HOW IT WORKS. Except not really, as Deb gets right into it: She sees now that Dexter was right about Speltzer, and is willing to concede that things aren't so black and white when it comes to the ethics of what he does; the fact that Speltzer is on the loose and free to kill again proves that. "I hate it, but I get it." She even concedes that it might be "a necessary evil" - and I'm not doing justice to Jennifer Carpenter's work in this scene; she's keeping her conflict under control but you can still feel it everywhere - but the problem for her is that Dexter isn't doing what he does from a place a righteousness, as evidenced by his blood slides. "They're like trophies, like Speltzer's earrings!" Dexter reflexively seethes that he's nothing like Speltzer, but Deb's point is valid, and she urgently goes on that on some level, he likes to kill. He tries to split that hair, to no avail, so he simply tells her he can't change who he is. She tells him she knows - but neither can she. She goes on that she thinks he should move out, and you can tell he wants to jump for joy right there, but this news comes at a price - when he tells her he's still her brother and that nothing's changed, she demurs. "I don't know if it ever can be the same again." She leaves him, and later, DVO lets us know that her words hit him harder than we might think: "I'm finally out of my cage. But freedom comes with a cost." And with Dexter being the one to look contemplatively out at the horizon, we leave him until next week.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His current film, "The Trouble With Bliss," starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, Brie Larson, and Peter Fonda, can currently be seen on iTunes and other digital platforms, cable VOD everywhere, and Showtime. (Facebook and Twitter here.) You can email him at, follow him on Twitter at, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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