Seriable’s Aria Mohtadi reviews Dexter 7.02 “Sunshine and Frosty Swirl”
There’s no way back from this. Debra’s complicit in the act and she’s got to either turn Dex in or bury his secret deeper and find a way to cure his thirst for blood. Will the repression burst in unimaginable ways or will Dex break out of confinement like Wayne Randall?
Where were we again?
- Debra found flaws in Dexter’s semi-alibi and eventually realized that her brother is a serial killer.
- LaGuerta is investigating the connection between the blood slide found at Travis’ crime scene and the Bay Harbor Butcher case, off the books.
- Dex messed with the wrong guys this time. In a quick blood-splattering fix he killed a member of a Ukrainian mob.
Open the floodgates
The consequences are devastating for Deb; her whole life is rendered meaningless, her career’s put on the line. But it seems Dex is handling this life changing event like any other. There’s a reason why the illusive visual/narrative world of Dexter is so dreamy, colorful and peachy: He’s still the same bloodthirsty child deep inside. He can’t feel the gravity brought upon by his actions. The nightly hunts are still a game to him, one that is bound by Harry’s set of rules. Deb will definitely have a hard time accepting the grim reality.
She quickly catches on to the problem with Dex’s excuse in only killing “certain” kinds of people: “ A lot of horrible things happen to a lot of people and they don’t turn out like you” – What is this sense of righteousness that justifies the satisfaction of Dex’s urges? Of course, it brings the question whether Harry did the right thing to give in to the monster and channel Dex’s killer instincts.
The fact that Dex has even named his killer instinct (Dark passenger; inspired by the poster Dexter sees in episode “The dark defender”) proves that he’s still disillusioned by Harry’s notion of right and wrong. What made Harry make the judgment call of creating an avenging watcher out of his son? In a way Harry used Dexter to fulfill his own craving for revenge and justice. This makes Harry and his projections the original dark passenger (he appeared as a hitchhiker in “Nebraska”, right?), and Brian Moser, a boundless version of it. Deb makes it clear for him: “The people in that box, they’re the victims.”. The irony of it, of course, is that in the process of serving justice, Dex has become another criminal who’s managed to elude everyone.
It’s a good thing the showrunners acknowledged Deb’s failure in recognizing her brother for what he really is, it helps her grow further as a character like in last season. Parallels could be drawn to Breaking Bad, and Hank’s situation in regards to his brother-in-law. Now with helping Dex cover up the murder of Travis, she’s in too deep.
What will Dex do if Deb eventually finds no other choice than arresting him? He certainly gives a menacing look as he asks Deb “What are you gonna do?” . Perhaps that expression of ignorance was essential in Debra’s decision to stand by Dex and help him.
Interesting that right after Deb leaves Dex (within two occasions in the same episode), Figment-Harry appears and basically speaks Dex’s darker inner feelings on the matter. He later begins to question the effectiveness of Debra’s rushed rehab program. Figment-Gellar also served the same purpose for Travis. So who’s to say Dex and Travis aren’t fundamentally equal? They’re both killers. The difference appears in the quality of their outbursts and how they channel their urges.
What’s stopping Deb from giving up on Dexter? Her intimate feelings for him, as revealed in season 6, or simply the notion that “none of them are normal”? Because Dexter knows well he’s never going to be normal. Is it worth the try?