If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait for the new episodes of Dexter and have been following everyone’s favourite serial killer online.
For reasons I don’t understand, the UK broadcaster won’t be showing any of these episodes until some time next year, so I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum.
The current season has been dealing with issues of faith and redemption. As a scientist Dexter has never really believed in the divine and as a serial killer he never really expected to be saved, but now he is questioning some of his assumptions about God and his darker nature. This is mostly because of his son and his friendship with Brother Sam, but he has also been hunting a student-teacher pair of killers who have been recreating scenes from the Book of Revelation in their murder scenes.
The more dominant killer is Professor Gellar (played by Edward James Olmos) who has been controlling his reluctant student Travis Marshall (played by Colin Hanks). After letting one of the victims go, Hanks’ character split from the professor and tried to resume a normal life. Rather than let Marshall leave, Gellar murdered his sister in a gruesome tableau resembling the whore of Babylon.
Gellar believes that he is a prophet and by making these human sacrifices, he can bring about the end of the world and cleanse the sin that he perceives.
Unlike the Icetruck Killer and Trinity, the identities of these Doomsday Killers becomes known to both Dexter AND the police very early on in the season – the cops are already looking for Gellar in episode 4. Its not really clear why Dexter is in a race with Miami Metro to get the DDK killer before the police do. In the past, he always shied away from attention and focused on killers that the police couldn’t catch or weren’t able to convict. Like the title suggests, episode 9 Get Gellar will be a race to see who gets to him first.
Always ahead of his colleagues, Dexter has allied himself with the person who knows him best; Marshall is still afraid of his former teacher but wants to punish Gellar for the death of his sister. Dexter is determined to help Marshall and believes that by killing Gellar, he can rid Travis of his dark passenger and set him free.
There is a theory online that suggests Gellar may not be real at all, and Marshall has a split personality and is imagining his former professor the way that Dexter imagines Harry. I don’t put any stock in it because split personalities have been so overdone in the genre and I don’t think the writers would be that sloppy.
Showtime has always been able to lean on its violence and occasional nudity, but Dexter has stayed a top show because of its writing and the acting of Michael C. Hall, and this season more than ever. His sister Deborah Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) has been promoted to Lieutenant, but Batista and Laguerta are practically non-existent so far, and Quinn has become an annoying cliche on self destruction since Deb broke up with him. Masuka is comic relief and does very few scenes solo. As a result, it comes down to Deb and Dexter.
Dexter has always kept his darker side from his sister, but the two were always close, and this season Dexter and Deb are following two completely independent story arcs and are rarely seen on screen together. This could be because they want to show Deb as isolated by her new job, but behind the scenes there were rumours that the nasty divorce between Hall and Carpenter made for a lot of on-set tension. I’ve always enjoyed the awkward chemistry between them, so I’m hoping their personal problems don’t derail things and they can bring their characters back together.
Recently, actor Michael C. Hall announced that he’d signed on for two more seasons of Dexter, and I can’t wait to find out who will finally expose Dexter’s secret. Part of me hopes that no one does, but he has been a little looser with Harry’s code compared to the first season and with all of the close calls it does seem inevitable.
What do you see on the horizon from Miami’s favourite murderer? Let us know in the comments!