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“Dexter” Ex-Showrunner reveals ideal finale

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It’s probably still too early to spill any spoilers about the Season 8 finale of Showtime’s Dexter, considering DVR is all the rage now, but the faithful have already spoken with disappointment. Sources from E! found former Dexter writer and executive producer Clyde Phillips, who helped guide the show for the first four seasons with the hiring of John Lithgow until 2009, and he put in his two cents about the shockingly “meh” conclusion and what he may have done differently.

“I haven’t heard this with anyone. And I can tell you that this is what I personally would have done should I have stayed with the show. I chose not to stay with the show, and so everybody did what they did, and I have no problem with that…and I think they did a good job with the final episode. But here is what I personally would have pitched.”
“In the very last scene of the series, Dexter wakes up. And everybody is going to think, ‘Oh, it was a dream.’ And then the camera pulls back and back and back and then we realize, ‘No, it’s not a dream.’ Dexter’s opening his eyes and he’s on the execution table at the Florida Penitentiary. They’re just starting to administer the drugs and he looks out through the window to the observation gallery.
“And in the gallery are all the people that Dexter killed—including the Trinity Killer and the Ice Truck Killer (his brother Rudy), LaGuerta who he was responsible for killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for [killing], Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for [dying], Lila. All the big deaths, and also whoever the weekly episodic kills were. They are all there.
“That’s what I envisioned for the ending of Dexter. That everything we’ve seen over the past eight seasons has happened in the several seconds from the time they start Dexter’s execution to the time they finish the execution and he dies. Literally, his life flashed before his eyes as he was about to die. I think it would have been a great, epic, very satisfying conclusion.”
If Phillips’ idea echoes of the “Big Reveal” in Ambrose Bierce’s 1890 short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, that’s because it was his inspiration. So what do you Dexter fans think? Did the finale fall short of the mark? Would you been more satisfied with Phillips’ vision? Do we all still miss Julie Benz as Dexter’s wife Rita? Questions, questions. Leave your comments below and check back here for more from DiaboliqueMagazine.com.
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About Jeremy Kibler

Jeremy Kibler is an Online Film Critics Society member and freelance writer who never stops watching movies and writing about them. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, he has been a fan of the horror genre since he was a kid, renting every Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street from the video store. For more of Jeremy’s reviews, go to https://kibsreviews.blogspot.com/ or follow him on Twitter @jeremykibler25.

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