Turns out Dexter Morgan’s epitaph was written four decades ago (and sung) by Monty Python: “I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.” After eight seasons of philosophizing and bloodshed, the serial killer who targeted other killers took up an ax and… started chopping wood. Anyone expecting Dexter to experience a serious moral reckoning over his life’s work was not just disappointed, but baffled.
The episode saw Dexter lose his foster sister Debra, not to another murderer, but to something much more prosaic, a stroke. Still, it was up to Dexter to take her off life support. Sailing her corpse out on his boat for a burial at sea, the man who’d spilled an ocean of blood seemed destined to drown himself, as he steered his craft into the path of a hurricane. But the universe refused to punish him (or, if you prefer, to let him off easy), so he simply chucked his old life in Miami for a new one in the forest. That sound you heard the Monday morning after was the Internet exploding in apoplexy.