What Happened on the Last Season of Dexter? (Season 9)

Dexter Last Season Finale Recap

Dexter is Arrested

Chief Angela Bishop (Julia Jones) issues an APB on Molly Park (who has been missing for 72 hours) in the Dexter: New Blood finale. Dexter stands by and watches as the wonderful folks of Iron Lake assist him in dealing with the fallout from Kurt’s (Clancy Brown) house fire. He plans to leave town with Harrison (Jack Alcott), so he may teach him the Code through his internal monologue. He suggests Los Angeles, which Harrison agrees to after some hesitation.

Audrey (Johnny Sequoyah) and Harrison are sent out for groceries by the Chief of Police back at Angela’s house. Dexter is then arrested for Matt Caldwell’s (Steve M. Robertson) murder by Angela. Angela tells the cops that she discovered one of the suspects.

Angela does not want Dexter to be the sole perpetrator of Matt’s murder. She dials Angel Batista’s (David Zayas) number and asks him about the Bay Harbor Butcher. Batista says he’ll be in Iron Lake the next day when Angela informs him that Dexter is still alive.Angela then advises Dexter that she intends to extradite him to Florida, where he will stand trial as the Bay Harbor Butcher and face the death penalty.

Angela Discovers Kurt's Hideaway

Dexter encourages Angela to go to Kurt’s cabin to uncover the bodies of the missing women she’s been investigating after she confesses her plan. Dexter manages to choke Logan (Alano Miller) through the bars of his jail cell while Angela is away.

Meanwhile, a heartbroken Angela discovers Kurt’s hideaway and learns that Molly and the other missing females perished far too soon. Dexter contacts Harrison with Logan’s phone, telling him to gather his belongings and come meet him. When Harrison and Dexter reconcile, the blood on Dexter’s face reveals that he killed Logan. Harrison is taken aback and yells at Dexter, “I thought you only killed those who deserved it!”

 

Last Moments of Dexter

Finally, Harrison rejects that he is like his father, telling him, “My fury isn’t because I’m like you, it’s because of you.” He refuses to flee with Dexter and tells his father he must turn himself in. Harrison fires his rifle at Dexter while he tries to escape. Reminding Dexter of everything.

Before Dexter concedes that Harrison is correct, the faces of Logan, Laguerta, Doakes, Lundy, Rita, Harry, and Deb flash across his thoughts. Dexter apologizes to Harrison before instructing him to remove the gun’s safety. Dexter then gestures to his chest, allowing his son to fire. Harrison fires, and Dexter, who is dying, grips the hand of Deb (Jennifer Carpenter).

Angela arrives later on the scene. She hands over some cash to Harrison and urges him to leave town. Angela then removes Harrison’s fingerprints from the gun and reports an officer-involved shooting to the police. Harrison drives away from Iron Lake in the last moments of Dexter: New Blood. 

Fans' Reaction to Dexter Season 9 Finale

Dexter New Blood was a hit with viewers from the first episode until the ninth. They were blown away by the superb writing, twists, and surprises, thus raising their anticipation for the last episode.

Dex New Blood’s season finale aired on January 9 to mixed reviews. Some viewers thought the program was a fitting conclusion for TV’s most renowned serial killer. Others were more critical, claiming the finale was even worse than the original Dexter finale. Some people asked why the show returned only to kill Dexter.

For many fans, Dexter: New Blood’s finale was disappointing simply because Dexter was killed off. They wanted another season, or at the very least for Dexter to live and continue his heinous work. They perceive him as a vigilante hero who deserves to succeed. It’s too much to see him lose after all these years.

Explanation of Dexter's Death

Michael C Hall anticipated that the Dexter: New Blood conclusion would elicit a strong reaction akin to the 2013 finale. In a Zoom interview, he said, “Some people will accept it, some people will reject it. I think it will be difficult for people to grapple with his fate given that he is someone that they have spent a lot of time with and have a lot of affection for – at least in some cases. While the ending may be jarring for many fans. The way the season concludes is one that resonates with me. It feels justifiable. As upsetting as it may be, I hope audiences will appreciate the resonance of Dexter dying this way at the hands of his son. People moaned about an ending that was admittedly open-ended and without any sense of closure. I guess you have to be careful what you wish for.”

To pacify the enraging Dexter fans, Philips said, “I think the audience is going to be surprised. Hardcore fans are going to be disappointed that he’s gone. But the smart hardcore fans are going to understand that this was inevitable.”

Dexter Quick Facts

  • Showtime crime drama mystery miniseries designed as a follow-up to Dexter ((96 episodes) that aired from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013)
  • created by Clyde Phillips, the original showrunner, and directed by Marcos Siega
  • The plot takes up 10 years after the series finale, “Remember the Monsters?”, which aired in 2013.
  • premiered on Showtime on November 7, 2021
  • Jeff Lindsay created it for his “Dexter” series of books. Despite the fact that the first season is based on the events of the first book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the series’ subsequent seasons follow different plots than the novels. DEXTER was created for television by James Manos, Jr.
  • Dexter New Blood has become Showtime’s most-watched series, averaging more than 8 million viewers each episode over the course of its ten-episode run
  • • the original eight seasons of the show were shot in the sunny environment of Long Beach, California (subbed for Miami, Florida), but the ten new episodes were shot in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (subbing in for Iron Lake, New York)

Dexter Plot Summary (Series 1-8)

To fully understand the drama series, we have to know the plot of the original drama series.

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was orphaned at three years old after witnessing his mother’s violent death with a chainsaw. A Miami police officer, Harry Morgan (James Remar), adopted him. After identifying the boy’s trauma and subsequent development of sociopathic qualities, Harry pushed Dexter to channel his awful bloodlust into killing only heinous criminals who slipped through the justice system.

To conceal his homicide trial, Dexter works as a forensic analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, specializing in blood spatter pattern analysis. To lessen his chances of being discovered, Dexter wears gloves and employs plastic-wrapped “death rooms,” carves up the corpses, and throws them at the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean.

Dexter juggles his two egos, realizing that each is a separate part of himself that must operate together. As a method of survival and normalcy, he relies on their interaction. Although his murderous instincts are unwavering, as he asserts, he tries feeling normal emotions and maintaining his image as a socially responsible human being throughout the series.

Dexter Plot Summary (Season 9)

Dexter Morgan has relocated to the fictional tiny town of Iron Lake, New York, where he hides his identity as Jim Lindsay, a local wilderness sporting goods store clerk, after faking his death in a hurricane ten years ago. He is in a romantic connection with the town’s police chief, Angela Bishop. He has been able to keep his vigilante serial killing urges under control. Debra, Dexter’s deceased sister, has taken their father’s place.

He often speaks to Harry, an imaginary entity. In the first episode, Harrison, his estranged son from a past life, shows up unexpectedly with unknown motivations. A series of events in the Iron Lake area make Dexter fear that the “Dark Passenger” within him, possibly his son, will emerge.

Will there be Dexter Season 10?

Dexter Revival

The Dexter revival has yet to debut, but it’s already generating much buzz. The drama will follow the titular vigilante killer as he attempts to flee his violent past, almost a decade after the original series finale. Although it is billed as a limited series, people ask if there will be a second season.

While no official plans for a Season 2 or a Harrison-centric spin-off are presently in the works, showrunner Clyde Phillips, who oversaw the first four seasons of the series’ original run, is eager to return to the world of dark passengers and tortured murderers. He told the TV Line, “It’s all in Showtime’s hands if they were to call me and say, ‘we want to do Harrison. We want you to figure it out,’ I’m pretty busy, but I would drop everything I’m doing and jump right into it. I would love to do it, but it’s really up to Showtime.”

From the Showrunner's Point of View

 

The TV show producer Scott Reynolds, who worked on both the original and resurrection, said through Twitter that significant news concerning the show would be made. If the information is correct, Dexter: New Blood season 2 will premiere in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The showrunner, Clyde Phillips, has expressed interest in a second season; all that remains is for Showtime in the United States to approve it. He also explained in an interview that this meant Harrison would continue to play the primary part.

It’s unknown how the second season of Harrison’s story will unfold, but it will almost surely continue the tragedy that transpired in the first. First and foremost, Dexter, the character, will not be returning. Because Dexter died in the previous season, he will not be returning.

Life Lessons from Dexter Drama Series

Dexter is a criminal, a serial killer. His story doesn’t end in the drama series. We can reanimate his life in our lives, not the criminal side but his good traits. His life is not genuinely wasted because he leaves us life lessons we can live by.

  • Be knowledgeable – Dexter makes sure that he knows everything about his target.
  • Aim Excellence – He is excellent in everything he does; that is why people trust and need him.
  • Be disciplined – He is disciplined and does things on time by setting up routines.
  • Be clean and organized – He is meticulously clean and is extremely careful about not leaving any evidence.
  • Don’t make a scene – Dexter is cautious in everything he does, especially how he reacts to certain situations. 
  • Think Positively – He uses negative feelings and turns them into energy to do something better.
  • Be patient – He is patient and does not rush things. He waits for the right time to come.
  • Socialize – Despite being busy working on his targets, he socializes and mingles with other people.           
  • Say no to distractions- He avoids distractions to commit to his missions.
  • Get a cover life – He pretends to live a normal life to cover his true colors.
  • Accept people for who they are – He accepts people who come into his life without prejudice.
  • Be prepared – He has an escape bag that he uses each time he has to leave difficult situations.

References

  1. Dexter Daily Post, Michael C. Hall: “The Way the Season Concludes Is One That Resonates With Me, It Feels Justifiable.”, retrieved from http://www.dexterdaily.com/2022/01/michael-c-hall-way-season-concludes-is.html

  2. Nick Caruso, Dexter: New Blood: Is Season 2 On the Way? Showrunner Weighs In, retrieved from https://tvline.com/2022/01/08/dexter-new-bloodseason-2-renewal-clyde-phillips-interview/

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