THIS POST CONTAINS DEXTER SEASON 1-4 SPOILERS
Earlier this week, Showtime released three previews from Sunday’s episode of Dexter (titled "In The Beginning"), and they offer up yet another storyline that suggests “game changer." Beginning
We’ve heard the term game changer come up far too often in regards to Dexter over the years, most recently when the cast and crew were discussing the forthcoming death of Rita at the end of last season. But was Rita’s gory demise at the hands of Trinity really that much of a game changer?
Many would argue that Rita’s death was both welcome and inevitable. Her presence on the show was becoming less integral to the show’s momentum, and worse, her character was questionably one of the most annoying on cable television. When this fifth season began, the possibilities were endless. But the first three episodes didn’t do much to keep viewers happy; they plodded along somewhat aimlessly. Then, when some (myself included) were about to give up, a true game changer emerged – with the introduction of Lumen (Julia Styles).
With each episode since Lumen’s arrival, Dexter has improved exponentially, and this Sunday’s offering appears to kick that momentum into an even higher gear. In the first preview (see below), we see Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) and brother Dexter (Michael C. Hall) discussing her recent discovery of gruesome videos showcasing the barrel murders.
“No one could go through something like this and have a life again,” Deb says as the scene starts, demonstrating an unmistakable sense of compassion for the victims. Then, moments later, she hits us with a doozy: “I started asking myself… who would want to take these guys out? And you know the first person that came to mind? Me.”
This stands out as one of the greater moments this season. Here, you can believe that Deb has got that killer instinct that her brother struggles with week after week, trying to live up to Harry’s code. Dexter’s reaction to Deb’s revelation is priceless, and presents even more evidence of Michael C. Hall’s worthiness of the Emmy that has eluded him (although I feel Breaking Bad is the superior show, Bryan Cranston’s threepeat could have easily been broken with a win for Hall).
Deb has already proven capable of taking another life when necessary, as we’ve seen during the nightclub shooting for the Santa Muerte case. The line between having to kill in the name of self-defense and taking a life in the name of vigilante justice is pretty thin, and it appears that Deb could cross it at any time. Making matters even more interesting, could this scene foreshadow Deb’s inevitable discovery of her brother’s secret?
Check out the first clip below:
In another scene, Dexter and Lumen discover the identity of the girl whose blood was found in Jordon Chase’s (Johnny Lee Miller) blood necklace, and their findings may finally lead to some answers as to the killing crew’s motives.
In the third preview, we see Deb and partner Quinn (Desmond Harrington) grilling Chase. It’s fun watching Deb go on the offensive, and observing Chase’s aggression towards her. One wonders whether Chase sees Deb as his next victim.
There’s so much to digest here. Needless to say, Sunday’s episode is sure to be the start of an explosive conclusion to the season - perhaps almost as palpable as Season Two’s Lila storyline.
Dexter airs Sundays @9pm on Showtime
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