Of course, you can cynically say that of course she wouldn't shoot Dexter, but the scene was constructed and acted well enough for there to be some doubt, and I give the show credit for making the stakes high enough that this outcome is believable. It's a smart progression -- at the end of last season, Deb found out Dexter was a killer; at the end of this one, she joins him. As Jennifer Carpenter continues to nail it, Deb rushes over, wailing, and takes LaGuerta's corpse in her arms, and speaking of people who did their best work this season, I'll miss Lauren Velez, but they gave her ten times more interesting stuff to do this season than in any other, so I can only imagine she's glad to go out on a high note. Dexter kneels beside them helplessly as he tries to get his head around what just happened...
...and later, Dexter and Deb walk into the festive party, the former wearing his usual kill shirt and the latter looking grim but recovered, as DVO tells us we all make rules for ourselves, and when we break them, we risk losing ourselves and becoming something unknown. And that's pretty much what we have to look forward to in Season Eight: "Is this a new beginning... or the beginning of the end?" The New Year's fireworks go off, people sing "Auld Lang Syne," and we're out.
So that's it, and while I'm grading on a curve -- this show has too much suspension of disbelief built into it to do otherwise -- I'm really satisfied with the season as a whole, to no one's surprise more than my own. The show has obviously taken a page out of Breaking Bad's playbook, with Deb (loosely) being the Jesse Pinkman and Dexter the Walter White. And following that show's arc, I expect Season Eight to be about Deb's shot at redemption. As for Dexter? For the first time, I truly want him to die.
I can't wait to see how it all ends. Hope to see you for the final season!
John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the sale of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter account. Also, you can email John at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.