The Other Way “Dexter” Could Have Ended

After eight seasons, Showtime’s “Dexter” came to a close last night with a series finale that has left many either confused, and in more than a few cases angry.


The series came to a close with Dexter, having seemingly perished driving his boat into a hurricane according to the outside world, now lives alone as a lumberjack somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

At the same time, his kid Harrison is stuck under the care of fugitive Hannah in Buenos Aires. Dex’s sister Deb died from complications with a gunshot wound, and Dex manages to quite easily steal her body – only to dump her off shore with the rest of his corpses.

Clyde Phillips, the man who served as showrunner on “Dexter” for its first four (and many would say easily its best) seasons, says that has been doing a Q&A on Reddit and seems as baffled as everyone else by some of the decisions made by the current producers – especially over this past season.

Most interesting though is he talked with E! Online about the ending he had in mind had he stayed on with the show:

“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 killing, Doakes who he’s arguably responsible for, Rita, who he’s arguably responsible for, 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.”