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The following blog post will contain spoilers for the final episodes of Dexter and Breaking Bad. Bloggers Discreation Advised!
Okay, my original plan for this week's My Take On... was to talk about why I hate fan names but I really couldn't figure out what else to say except I hate fan names, I have nothing against people who decide to go by these names, and that's pretty much it.
Thankfully, another story did come up this week that I have a huge problem with so, let's take a look:
September featured a number of final episodes including Burn Notice, Futurama, and Breaking Bad and for the most part, most of those finales ended very well for each show but one show that ended last month made many of its' fans, including myself, mad for the lazy way that they ended their series.
That show was Dexter with a finale that was so underwhelming and so poorly developed, you really had to wonder if they really were planning to end the series this year.
But earlier this week, we got an explanation for why the Dexter finale was so underwhelming...and it turns out, Showtime itself had something to do with why the finale was so bad according to one of the producers of Dexter, John Goldwyn in a recent interview:
A producer on Dexter has said that the show's lead character was 'not allowed to die' in the series finale.
John Goldwyn explained that the writers were told by network Showtime that the serial killer - played by Michael C Hall - had to stay alive.
Speaking at the New York Film Festival, he told Vulture: "They won't let us kill him. Showtime was very clear about that.
Again for the third time, WHY??????
"When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live'. There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close."
No it wasn’t, are you fu----Okay, let’s finish this so I can rant.
Goldwyn added: "People have a relationship with Dexter, even if it doesn't have the size and the ferocity of the fanbase for Breaking Bad. But it has a very core loyal following."
The series finale saw Dexter drive his boat into a hurricane and become a lumberjack later on.
Where do I even begin with what’s wrong with everything they just said?
First off, people had a relationship to Walter White as well because the series portrayed him as an anti-hero. Throughout the entire series, Walt made meth and he killed people because he knew that he had cancer and that his time was going to end at some point and by the end of the series, Walt died knowing that everything that he caused was resolved.
In Dexter, Dexter killed many people because...his mother died traumatically and that's it. I know, Harry Morgan (James Remar) pretty much said that he must never get caught but you know what, that was in the beginning of the show. When you don't change things around, we know how it's going to end. And that's not a good explanation for why the last episode shouldn't change things up.
Go back to Breaking Bad, they were very clever in how they did their finale. We knew that Walter White was definitely going to die but that's it. We were kept on the edge of our seat because we didn't know who else was going to die next, if anyone was going to die. And truth be told, the only other people that died in the finale were the Neo-Nazis and Todd following a pretty bad-ass action scene. But we got satisfying conclusions to all of our other main characters.
Secondly, the finale of Dexter would've been much more interesting if the series broke the code that they established in the beginning of the series and have Dexter die. With a writing staff that put together five great seasons of Dexter before, of course, they lost audiences in the last three seasons, they could've come up with a good ending to the series that would take its' audiences by surprise by actually killing off its' main character and thus, make us forget about the last three seasons and how mediocre they were.
Lastly, and this is the biggest problem with why the finale doesn't work and is one of the worst finales of all time. If the entire plan was to not kill off Dexter and give him a happy ending...THEN WHAT WAS THE POINT OF CANCELLING DEXTER IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE??????
I mean, seriously, they say that the writers had different endings to come up with and that was the best one they could come up with?
Plus, there were many reports that they didn't even know if this would be the final season of Dexter and it really did show that in this season. And it definitely shows that in the last episode and I really have a strong suspicion that they already announced this would be the final season long after the season ended filming and that's why we have the shitty ending. Because, honestly, there's no other reasoning why they would deliver such a horrible finale like this.
So what was the purpose of keeping Dexter alive? My theory is that Showtime still wants to try and cash in on how successful Dexter has been down the line with a possible movie or another form of media. That's the only reason I could think of because that's exactly what happened with the end of The Sopranos. You know why David Chase ended the series the way he did? So he could continue the story of Tony Soprano and his family in a movie. Well, now Tony Soprano's dead and that movie is never going to happen now and all I can say is this...
But either way you look at it, the final episode of Dexter ended the series on such a piss-poor note. I actually got rid of my entire Dexter collection on DVD because I was so mad at how bad that ending was, that's how bad it was.
It's the ultimate cop-out way to end a series. I'm sorry, after every single thing that has happened in this series, Dexter should've died. It would've made the last episode more enjoyable and more worthy of having to watch three mediocre seasons following five great seasons.
But no, the finale of Dexter is so bad, it makes the Seinfeld finale more enjoyable because they at least threw us a curve into what we thought would happen. But Dexter failed to deliver on the promise that it could've brought us. I think Jackie Chiles said it best at how bad the finale of Dexter was...
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