‘Dexter’ Season 7, Episode 10 – The Dark Passenger is Dead

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In this week’s episode of Dexter, “The Dark… Whatever”, an unannounced visit from Hannah’s father, Clint McKay (Jim Beaver), forces Dexter to confront the origins of his Dark Passenger, transforming him into the most dangerous killer of all: one without rules. But will a lawless Dexter soon find all eyes on him, behind bars?

As the Phantom Arsonist continues to leave dead bodies in his path, Dexter makes a promise to Debra to keep his Dark Passenger at bay, allowing the law to take care of things. However, after Clint decides to drop in on his daughter, Hannah, their poisonous relationship causes Dexter to seek out the source of his Dark Passenger, bringing him face-to-face with the Phantom Arsonist.  But as the Phantom Arsonist reveals the cause of his need to burn, Dexter makes a revelation about himself, forever killing-off his Dark Passenger and putting Hannah’s father in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, Quinn takes care of Isaak Sirko’s murderer (in the name of love), while LaGuerta continues to investigate Dexter.

Although we’ve seen Dexter in relationships in the past, both healthy and unhealthy, his relationship with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) – though macabre in its own right – has allowed him to explore aspects about himself that were, as audiences thought, previously inaccessible. Over the past 7 years, Dexter has, much like those watching, simply followed the “rules” of Harry, all while accepting that this “thing” called the Dark Passenger was at the heart of it all, fueling his need to kill. Without ever having an equal to help question what drives his dark urges, Dexter had, essentially, become a passenger to his own dark urges.

But now that Hannah has, through her own murderous means, created a setting in which Dexter can further explore his urges to kill, audiences are able to see Dexter truly evolve for the first time and recognize that the labels he uses to justify his actions were of his own creation. For audiences, it allowed us to view a true sense of evolution, in which Dexter evolves as a whole, not just his skills to kill or avoid capture. However, could this truly be Dexter’s downfall?

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While Harry’s rules did put limitations on who Dexter would allow himself to kill, it also provided him with the protection needed to get away with continuous murder. Now, without those rules, the only thing that stands in the way of Dexter’s urges is Debra. But as Debra can truly only prevent her brother from committing crimes that she’s aware of, her ability to control her brother will lessen, and Dexter’s evolution will be forced to continue, if only for his own protection.

As LaGuerta continues to investigate Dexter’s involvement in the Bay Harbor Butcher case, she will began to take an even closer look at all of Dexter’s activities. Fortunately, many of Dexter’s decisions were fueled by his Dark Passenger, and subsequently Harry’s rules, providing him with the protection that he needs. But as Dexter and his happiness continues to evolve, he will continue to make himself available from attacks on all fronts. In the end, it all returns to a single question: Can a killer ever be happy?

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  1. I liked Dexter up to season 4, and by Season 5 & 6 it felt like they were doing the same thing over and over again (except it was less funny because Dexter didn’t have to constantly lie to Rita and the kids). Dexter Season 7 is a bit of a mess, but otherwise it’s returning back to its dark and suspenseful ways, and not to mention he’s not constantly killing other people because that got old after Season 3. It’s a fresh new plot and last night’s episode was pretty good.

  2. See here’s where things get interesting. Dexter now believes he can choose, that his “need” is actually a “want”. If this is indeed the case, then his choice to kill murderers and rapists (minus this episode) will truly turn Dexter into an “intentional” vigilante. Up until this point, the dark passenger was presented as an uncontrollable compulsion that Dex satisfied by following the code (essentially if u need to kill, might as well kill the worst kinda criminal). But now he realizes its not really a need anymore, its a choice, one that could allow Dex to kill people outside of the code. I hope however he continues to kill bad people as he always has, and like I said above, this would truly characterize Dex as a vigilante.

    • Without the code, I don’t think it characterizes Dex as a “vigilante”… it makes him more of a serial killer because he kills out of desire rather than a requirement limited by rules. Just like when Dexter said when he killed Hannah’s dad, Dexter doesn’t have “the devil inside him”… he IS the devil.

      And what is going to happen once Hannah finds out that Dexter killed her dad? He better watch the food he eats.

      But by taking out Sirko and now the arsonist leaves what for the finale… Laguerta?

      I think Deb is just jealous of Hannah… she seems to accept Dex’s murdering… so why not hers?

  3. I wonder if this was the last time we have seen Ghost Harry?
    I’d be surprised if that was the case but the way last nights episode played out it seems possible.
    Also, Bye Bye George!!
    You won’t be missed…

    • Harry isn’t Dexters dark passenger though, Dexter believed he had his dark passenger before Harry died.

      Harry is just Dexter’s subconcious, Dexter realizes things while discussing with himself in his head, except he sees Harry instead of no one.

  4. So thats where Bobby Singer went!

  5. oh mannnn cannot wait till laguerta finds about dexx and frikin bobby from supernatural!! that was an awesome guest appearance!!

  6. I think Dexter has gotten boring, there’s nothing super interesting going on this season. It’s on it’s last leg. How many times can you spin the same cliches?
    A LOT less people talking about Dexter these days as well.

    I watch now as a habit, I’ve watched it this far, might as well watch it all the way through.

  7. While LaGuerta continues to investigate Dexter.

  8. Good riddance to hannah mckay. Never liked her. Now if Dexter and Debra get together, that would be perfect, perfect, perfect.

    • You should probably read which episode this review is about first, instead of posting what happens in the final 2 episodes in THIS thread. You ruined the final 2 episodes for anyone who has seen 10, but not 11 and 12 yet, and for what? And dexter dating his sister, perfect? LOL, just LOL.

  9. did anyne else notice all the supernatural stuff? not only was jim beaver in this, but the arsinists last name is jensen